Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades, 1000 1300

Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades This authoritative and concise work surveys the range of warfare in the high Middle Ages while reflecting on the society that produced these military struggles The book brings together for the first t

  • Title: Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades, 1000 1300
  • Author: John France
  • ISBN: 9780801486074
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • This authoritative and concise work surveys the range of warfare in the high Middle Ages while reflecting on the society that produced these military struggles The book brings together for the first time a wealth of information on such topics as knighthood, military organization, weaponry and fortifications, and warfare in the East In 1095 with the launching of the FirstThis authoritative and concise work surveys the range of warfare in the high Middle Ages while reflecting on the society that produced these military struggles The book brings together for the first time a wealth of information on such topics as knighthood, military organization, weaponry and fortifications, and warfare in the East In 1095 with the launching of the First Crusade, Europeans established a great military endeavour to save the Holy Land, an undertaking that remained a central preoccupation until the end of the thirteenth century While the expeditions that went forth to fight the Muslims involved armies of exceptional size, much of the warfare within western Europe itself was conducted by small armies on behalf of landowners who were often neighbours and kin In his approach to his subject, John France considers political, social, and economic development in the age of the crusades He emphasizes the significance of four factors in shaping medieval warfare the dominance of land as a form of wealth, the limited competence of government, the state of technology that favoured defence over attack, and the geography and climate of western Europe His coverage of the castle and the knight in armour depicts the role of landowners in producing these characteristic medieval instruments of war In addition, France provides an extensive analysis of battles in which he reconstructs a series of encounters in superb detail.

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    1. Really thorough and interesting analysis of how warfare worked in the high middle ages. Due to my interest in history I had a moderate amount of information on the topic going in but even a basic amount of knowledge would be enough to quickly get into this one. I'd strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in military or medieval history and also to fans of fantasy as the settings in that genre are often based on this time period.

    2. A good treatment of medieval armies offering a lot of information and good analysis. It supports ideas by examples well, though the examples are difficult to follow unless the reader has a very good grasp of the historical situation being described since the author does not give much background. As such it often ends up sounding very technical.

    3. Wow. This book was so helpful. A little dry, especially if you weren't familiar with the time period already, but endlessly fascinating if you are.Obviously, this was part of my OUTREMER research, and it solidified a hunch I've had for a while, which is that if you are writing any kind of fiction involving battles, you really need to read something on military history and how warfare was waged in the time period you are using as an inspiration. Two things that struck me reading this book:Decentr [...]

    4. Here's what I appreciated about the book - France is very systematic, and does an excellent job showing how the economic and social aspects impacted military equipment, training and conduct from 1000 to 1300. He is very careful to point to what we know, what we think we know, and what is unknown from this period. The best parts of the book are the beginning and ending of chapters where he has nice analysis. In between often ends up being laundry lists of information, e.g in this battle crossbowm [...]

    5. An incredibly well researched and detailed work. I'm glad I got the book. Two things potential readers should know going into this. The main theatre that the author concentrates on is the European and not the middle eastern, save for the end. I was expecting most of the book to focus on the latter, based on its title. Also the author expects the reader to have knowledge of the key players of the time. This is not for beginners. I'm pretty well read, but I admit I got lost slightly when he kept m [...]

    6. Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades, 1000-1300John FranceRead it in a black bound Hardcover at 327 pages with index, bibliography, and notes.While I don't know anything about the author, he seems credible with several well received works in the field. The used bookstore I got this from didn't have the dust jacket and there is no author information within the text itself, his profile on isn't filled out and he hasn't made enough of a contribution for anyone to write a Wikki article on him [...]

    7. Extremely dry, authoritative description of how war was waged by states and people in the era of the Crusades. John France repeats himself quite often, as is the norm with historical academic studies, but manages to cover such a massive breadth of topics and fields that by the end I had a pretty clear idea of how differently war was conducted in feudal societies. There are a lot of assumptions made on his part that the reader is already aware of major historical figures and conflicts from the ti [...]

    8. This is a great book. John France demonstrates his considerable knowledge of medieval weapons, fortifications, military organization, and the roles of cavalry and infantry. Considering the often complete disarray of armies and the lack of central authority, it is difficult to believe that any battle could have been won. But France shows us that, over time, the Crusading movement resulted in the first fully organized European armies.

    9. France has quite a reputation, but I am repeatedly disappointed in him. There are several books about medieval warfare better than this one.

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