Medieval Warfare is revelatory about the role of war in creating Great Britain.


Medieval warfare : triumph and domination in the wars of the middle ages       Peter Reid Military art and science Great Britain History Medieval 500-1500 New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2007 Hardcover. 1st Carroll & Graf ed. and printing. xii, 564 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 533-549) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG

Great Britain’s story is punctuated by the glorious battles at Bannockburn, Crecy and Agincourt, and Shakespearean heroes like Edward III, Henry V, and Hotspur. History remembers this as an age of chivalry interwoven with mythic feats of bravery. Yet this is a period of war when three nations struggled against each other over 200 years bringing England to the brink of Civil War. Many historians have tackled the questions of why the wars between England, Scotland and France between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries occurred; few have had the expertise to explain how England came to dominate medieval warfare.

Peter Reid, formerly the Major General of logistics for the British Army, uses his experience to recast how the small English forces were able to face down their enemies on so many fronts. Within the 116 years of conflict only a handful of battles were actually fought; instead the British army conducted a policy of raiding and sieges. Additionally, when two armies met, the famous English archers created havoc on the field, and battles were won or lost by hand to hand fighting.

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