Medieval Armies and Weapons in Western Europe

Medieval Armies and Weapons in Western Europe

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The Middle Ages are commonly divided into three periods--early, high or central, and late. Each period was marked by its own crises and wars, and the weapons and fighters reflected the technological and other advancements being made. This book is a richly illustrated history of warfare in Western Europe during those years. Part One, the early Middle Ages, covers the late Romans, the Germanic invaders and Byzantines, the Franks, the Vikings and Hungarians, and the Anglo-Saxons and Normans in England. Part Two, the high or central Middle Ages, considers the feudal system, knights and chivalry, knights at war, infantrymen, land warfare, siege and naval warfare, crusades in Palestine, templars and hospitalers, the Reconquista in Spain, and the Teutonic knights. Part Three, the late Middle Ages, discusses the evolution of new types of armor and weapons, the Hundred Years' War, mercenaries, and firearms.Full-plate armor, the sheath of jointed metal units that covered a knight from head to toe, was developed in the Ai5th century. ... of the harness might prevent his being able to rise again and make him an easy target for the nimbler foot soldier.

Title:Medieval Armies and Weapons in Western Europe
Author:Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage
Publisher:McFarland - 2014-02-25


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