Medieval Sieges & Siegecraft

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2009 - History - 182 pages
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Here Geoffrey Hindley serves us the history of military sieges from every angle, tracing the development of fortifications and equipment (offensive and defensive), penning vivid portraits of the weapons involved, exploring the psychology of laying siege, and even describing the role played by women and camp followers in battle. He shows siege tactics in action through real-life case studies of famous sieges that changed the course of history in medieval Europe and the Holy Land. His stimulating and accessible study will be fascinating reading for medieval specialists and for anyone who is interested in the history of warfare.
  

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ONe of the best books to examine medieval siege warfare and siegecraft I have ever read. Well written and very informative. Read full review

Contents

Siegecraft The Basis of Medieval Warfare
1
Fortified Towns and Cities
13
Strong Points in a Landscape
18
Castles and Fortifications Designers Builders and Developments
29
Machines of War
41
Fire Hazard
52
Artillery
60
Attack and Defense
81
Women at War
125
Rules of Engagement
137
The Horrors of Total War
150
Vegetius the Medieval Textbook of Warfare
162
Glossary of Technical Terms
166
Notes on the Sources
171
Bibliography
174
Index
177

Logistics
90
War Games Psychology and Morale
112

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About the author (2009)

Geoffrey Hindley is a distinguished medieval historian who has written widely on many aspects of the period. He has made a special study of medieval warfare and of sieges in particular. He lives in the UK.

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