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5.0 out of 5 stars
A fine follow-up to Volume 1, 25 May 2006
I have been eagerly anticipating the publication of Brian Todd Carey's WARFARE IN THE MEDIEVAL WORLD and was fortunate to pick up an advanced copy in the UK. This work is a continuation of his excellent WARFARE IN THE ANCIENT WORLD, picking up where his first volume left off. MEDIEVAL WORLD begins with an exploration of Byzantine warfare, then moves on to discuss the rise of heavy cavalry in western Europe during the early and high medieval periods. He then moves on to discuss the crusades in Spain and the Holy Land, as well as the Mongol penetrations in eastern Europe and in the Near East. His book winds down with a discussion of the return of light infantry to European warfare, as well as the rise of heavy infantry like the Swiss. The book ends with a fine chapter discussing the ipact of classical authors on early modern war. Like his volume 1, this work is profusely illustrated with tactical maps and regional maps and brings the combat of the era to life. I highly recommend both of these books for any military historians library.