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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (6 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846030145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846030147
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 5.8 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"This is a superb book for anyone interested in the medieval period, covering an often-neglected area. Western, particularly German, styles of arms and armour mixed with those of eastern areas to produce a fascinating variety, and they're all well-illustrated and described here. We also get a potted history of Polad and its fights against foreign invasion over the centuries... Very highly recommended." -John Prigent, "Internet Modeler "(March 2008)

"In all, Sarnecki and Nicolle's volume on this important part of history is not only the first done in English, but is a fascinating look into the events of the time. A book you'll be sure to find fascinating."- Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com" (May 2008)
"This is a superb book for anyone interested in the medieval period, covering an often-neglected area. Western, particularly German, styles of arms and armour mixed with those of eastern areas to produce a fascinating variety, and they're all well-illustrated and described here. We also get a potted history of Polad and its fights against foreign invasion over the centuries... Very highly recommended." -John Prigent, "Internet Modeler "(March 2008)

"Supplied with a wealth of illustration, Medieval Polish Armies pulls out all the stops; a clear and concise reference guide, it provides extensive detail regarding the source of its material, including tomb effigies, etchings, and contemporary art that often becomes the best source for determining what types of weaponry and armor were in use in a specific time and location...Far more than the historian’s equivalent of Cliffs Notes, this book, like its companions, is an invaluable addition to any medieval library; its value to re-enactors, writers, modelers and scholars alike far outstrips the slim volume’s weight in gold." -Richard MacKenzie, "Renaissance Magazine" (January 2009)
"In all, Sarnecki and Nicolle's volume on this important part of history is not only the first done in English, but is a fascinating look into the events of the time. A book you'll be sure to find fascinating."- Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com" (May 2008)
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"Supplied with a wealth of illustration, Medieval Polish Armies pulls out all the stops; a clear and concise reference guide, it provides extensive detail regarding the source of its material, including tomb effigies, etchings, and contemporary art that often becomes the best source for determining what types of weaponry and armor were in use in a specific time and location...Far more than the historian s equivalent of Cliffs Notes, this book, like its companions, is an invaluable addition to any medieval library; its value to re-enactors, writers, modelers and scholars alike far outstrips the slim volume s weight in gold." -Richard MacKenzie, "Renaissance Magazine" (January 2009)
"In all, Sarnecki and Nicolle's volume on this important part of history is not only the first done in English, but is a fascinating look into the events of the time. A book you'll be sure to find fascinating."- Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com" (May 2008)
"This is a superb book for anyone interested in the medieval period, covering an often-neglected area. Western, particularly German, styles of arms and armour mixed with those of eastern areas to produce a fascinating variety, and they're all well-illustrated and described here. We also get a potted history of Poland and its fights against foreign invasion over the centuries... Very highly recommended." -John Prigent, "Internet Modeler "(March 2008)"

This is a superb book for anyone interested in the medieval period, covering an often-neglected area. Western, particularly German, styles of arms and armour mixed with those of eastern areas to produce a fascinating variety, and they're all well-illustrated and described here. We also get a potted history of Poland and its fights against foreign invasion over the centuries... Very highly recommended. "John Prigent, Internet Modeler (March 2008)"

Supplied with a wealth of illustration, Medieval Polish Armies pulls out all the stops; a clear and concise reference guide, it provides extensive detail regarding the source of its material, including tomb effigies, etchings, and contemporary art that often becomes the best source for determining what types of weaponry and armor were in use in a specific time and location...Far more than the historian's equivalent of Cliffs Notes, this book, like its companions, is an invaluable addition to any medieval library; its value to re-enactors, writers, modelers and scholars alike far outstrips the slim volume's weight in gold. "Richard MacKenzie, Renaissance Magazine (January 2009)"

In all, Sarnecki and Nicolle's volume on this important part of history is not only the first done in English, but is a fascinating look into the events of the time. A book you'll be sure to find fascinating. "Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (May 2008)""

This is a superb book for anyone interested in the medieval period, covering an often-neglected area. Western, particularly German, styles of arms and armour mixed with those of eastern areas to produce a fascinating variety, and they're all well-illustrated and described here. We also get a potted history of Poland and its fights against foreign invasion over the centuries... Very highly recommended. John Prigent, Internet Modeler (March 2008)

Supplied with a wealth of illustration, Medieval Polish Armies pulls out all the stops; a clear and concise reference guide, it provides extensive detail regarding the source of its material, including tomb effigies, etchings, and contemporary art that often becomes the best source for determining what types of weaponry and armor were in use in a specific time and location...Far more than the historian's equivalent of Cliffs Notes, this book, like its companions, is an invaluable addition to any medieval library; its value to re-enactors, writers, modelers and scholars alike far outstrips the slim volume's weight in gold. Richard MacKenzie, Renaissance Magazine (January 2009)

In all, Sarnecki and Nicolle's volume on this important part of history is not only the first done in English, but is a fascinating look into the events of the time. A book you'll be sure to find fascinating. Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (May 2008)

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"This is a superb book for anyone interested in the medieval period, covering an often-neglected area. Western, particularly German, styles of arms and armour mixed with those of eastern areas to produce a fascinating variety, and they're all well-illustrated and described here. We also get a potted history of Poland and its fights against foreign invasion over the centuries... Very highly recommended." --John Prigent, Internet Modeler (March 2008)

"Supplied with a wealth of illustration, Medieval Polish Armies pulls out all the stops; a clear and concise reference guide, it provides extensive detail regarding the source of its material, including tomb effigies, etchings, and contemporary art that often becomes the best source for determining what types of weaponry and armor were in use in a specific time and location...Far more than the historian's equivalent of Cliffs Notes, this book, like its companions, is an invaluable addition to any medieval library; its value to re-enactors, writers, modelers and scholars alike far outstrips the slim volume's weight in gold." --Richard MacKenzie, Renaissance Magazine (January 2009)

"In all, Sarnecki and Nicolle's volume on this important part of history is not only the first done in English, but is a fascinating look into the events of the time. A book you'll be sure to find fascinating." --Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (May 2008)

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This book reveals the fascinating history of a war-torn state as it battled against Crusader knights and invading Mongolian forces to emerge with strong Medieval army that became one of the dominating powers of Eastern Europe.

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Rather weak publication, but it gives some idea on the matter of Polish medieval armies. The author D. Nicolle tries to cash in by kidnapping yet another area not earlier covered in the Osprey catalogue, though his real expertise lies in Asiatic and Arabic subjects.
Well, Poland is neither...

It is plain that Nicolle in a rather half-heartedly and indiscriminate way has just compiled a batch of non-Polish information on Polish medieval matters without having the proper knowledge or feel for Polish or Slavic issues (which he aptly proved with his disastrous Russian trilogy : Armies of Medieval Russia 750-1250 [MAA 333], Medieval Russian Armies 1250-1500 [MAA 367] and Armies of Ivan the Terrible [MAA 427]). The book's very impressive "selective" bibliography list though - on which Nicolle wastes a good two and half pages of an allready thin 48-paged publication, does indeed boast some author's names and titles in mis-spelled Polish, but after reading this book I'm not sure he actually read them. Nicolle would do better sticking to his Arabic-studies. Now he has kidnapped the Polish subject and made a rather dry and boring book out of it.

What this book lacks most of all is a glossary (like the one in the excellent "Polish Armies 1569-1696", MAA 188) with phonetical pronunciations. The Polish language, and especially in its written form, is no walk in the park for non-Poles. That is nothing new.

But the embarrising transcription errors and inconsistent terminology in this book surpasses most of recent years publications on Polish matters. The fact that it - allegdly - is co-written with a Polish expert (completly unknown in Poland, mind you - and Poland has NO lack of historical military experts to consult) makes it all the worse.
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I agree with the previous reviewer about the quality of this book.

Why oh why does Osprey use David Nicolle to write books about eastern Europe? He obviously knows next to nothing about the subject and appears like the teacher we all had at school who was one lesson ahead of the class.

The plates are as ever useful but the misspellings are irritating and can be very misleading for those coming to the subject with little or no knowledge.

I believe Mr Nicolle's specialist field is the Middle East and one can only hope he is more accurate in those books, although given the amount of editorial control evident here this is doubtful.

Caveat emptor - if you already know a little about the subject you already know more than the author.
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Essential little book to learn about that period of Polish history, its armies and its castles.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I have several other of Nicolle's books and enjoyed them. This one was a waste of time 11 Aug. 2014
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Disapointing. I have several other of Nicolle's books and enjoyed them. This one was a waste of time. the only reason I give this book 2 stars is the plates, and a condensed version of Medieval Polish history. As far as the desciption of the Polish Armies, when you constantly have to say "We don't know" "We speculate that---" and "It may have been----" the author doesn't have enough information to write a book, and shouldn't have. I didn't learn anything, and much of what I read about in other sources wasn't even mentioned.
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Rather weak publication, but it gives some idea on the matter of Polish medieval armies. The author D. Nicolle tries to cash in by kidnapping yet another area not earlier covered in the Osprey catalogue, though his real expertise lies in Asiatic and Arabic subjects.
Well, Poland is neither...

It is plain that Nicolle in a rather half-heartedly and indiscriminate way has just compiled a batch of non-Polish information on Polish medieval matters without having the proper knowledge or feel for Polish or Slavic issues (which he aptly proved with his disastrous Russian trilogy : Armies of Medieval Russia 750-1250 [MAA 333], Medieval Russian Armies 1250-1500 [MAA 367] and Armies of Ivan the Terrible [MAA 427]). The book's very impressive "selective" bibliography list though - on which Nicolle wastes a good two and half pages of an allready thin 48-paged publication, does indeed boast some author's names and titles in mis-spelled Polish, but after reading this book I'm not sure he actually read them. Nicolle would do better sticking to his Arabic-studies. Now he has kidnapped the Polish subject and made a rather dry and boring book out of it.

What this book lacks most of all is a glossary (like the one in the excellent Osprey publication "Polish Armies 1569-1696", MAA 188) with phonetical pronunciations. The Polish language, and especially in its written form, is no walk in the park for non-Poles. That is nothing new.

But the embarrising transcription errors and inconsistent terminology in this book surpasses most of recent years slips in English publications on Polish matters. The fact that it - allegdly - is co-written with a Polish expert (completly unknown in Poland, mind you - and Poland has NO lack of historical military experts to consult) makes it all the worse.

The terminology and names of persons, places, equipment etc is a disastrous and confusing mishmash of badly spellt Polish or at times phonetically spellt Polish, mixed with some terminology for Polish matters and names in German, Latin and English.

Why on earth Nicolle chooses to use the German language to describe different parts of the Polish battle formation - the "Old Polish Array" - is another sign of ignorance and lack of fingertip feel for the subject.

Inconsistency is another weak point of the book. The Slavic name "Vladislav" is one time spellt in its Polish form "Wladislaw" and at another time in its Latin form "Vladislaus". In the same manner the Polish king Vladislav the Short confusingly is referred to either as Vladislav "the Elbow-high" or "the Short". Both terms are correct in English but for new students of Polish history the usage of both names simultaneously is neither pedagogic nor recommended.

...and who the heck is "Strasy of Odroway and Bialaczow"..? This is so mispellt and mis-transcribed that even a Pole will not find out... Well, actually if one recognizes the coat-of-arms of the above mentioned knight visible on plate F1 one can guess... But that is not what one can expect of a newcomer to the subject.

Nicolle also draws some wrong conclusions. For instance the battle of Plowce was not a Polish victory but rather a draw.

The illustrator Embleton makes some effort but has done much better in the past.

All in all the book is a disappointment. The medieval military history of Poland and Central Europe is so interesting and rich with its mix of West and East. Sadly Nicolle fails miserably to convey this. It's just a dry and rather weak compilation. And so the colourful past of early Poland's military achievements will remain unknown in the West for yet another while... Especially since the confused terminology in this hastily written book obstructs further studies.
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