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Henry V and the Conquest of France 1416-53 (Men-at-Arms) Paperback – 15 Jun 1998
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Paul Knight has researched and re-enacted the fifteenth century for many years. This book originated as his undergraduate dissertation. He has also completed a Masters degree at Lancaster University. Graham Turner is a leading historical artist, specialising in the medieval period. He has illustrated numerous titles for Osprey, covering a wide variety of subjects from the dress of the 10th century armies of the Caliphates, through the action of bloody medieval battles, to the daily life of the British Redcoat of the late 18th century. The son of the illustrator Michael Turner, Graham lives and works in Buckinghamshire, UK.
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After a brief introduction (which includes a geneology of Anglo-French kings of the 14th and 15th Centuries and a useful chronology) the book discusses the battle formations, troop types, and social origins of Henry the Fifth's soldiery. Next the weaponry, armor, heraldry, and horses of the army are all discussed, albeit rather briefly. Following this is a brief summary of King Henry's campaign in France. After this are sections in discipline, logistics, training, experience of battle, and garrison life for Henry's troops, as well as brief sections on the navy and artillery of the English army of the Hundred Years War.
The plates, by the talented Graham Turner, are detailed, attractive, and do a good job of supporting the text. Overall this is a worthy effort, covering all arenas of this topic concisely and readably. It should be highly useful to a wargamer or amateur military historian researching this era.
This period saw the development of artillery, being used by both sides. There were new siege techniques using those new weapons.
It is also interesting that English armies weren't as devastating to the civilians in this period as they had been in the past. They considered France their land now, and there were strict disciplinary sanctions for perpetrators.
Also notice, like the author states, that the powerful English massed archery never managed to stop a French charge in its tracks; but severely weakened and disrupted it, bettering the odds of the English man-at-arms defeating the French demoralized warriors in hand to hand combat.
The paintings from Graham Turner are superb, realistically depicted and beautiful. They include the following pieces: On Board Ship; Battle of Baugé 1421; Artillery crew 1410; The Mines 1415; Early Lances; Later Lances; Uniforms and Camouflage; The Loss of Normandy 1449-50.
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