War at Sea in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

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John B. Hattendorf, Richard W. Unger
Boydell Press, 2003 - History - 276 pages
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This volume is both a restatement of current interpretations of sea power in the middle ages and the Renaissance and a general introduction to naval and maritime history over four and a half centuries. The book offers broad conclusions on the role and characteristics of armed force at sea before 1650, conclusions that exploit the best current understanding of the medieval period. The examination of naval militias in the Baltic, permanent galley fleets in the Mediterranean, contract fleets and the use of reprisal for political ends all illustrate the variety and complexity of naval power and domination of the sea in theyears from 1000 to 1650. The detailed and closely coordinated studies by scholars from Europe, North America, and Australia show patterns in war at sea and discuss the influence of the development of ships, guns, and the language of public policy on maritime conflict. The essays show the importance and unique character of violence at sea in the period. Contributors: JOHN B. HATTENDORF, NIELS LUND, JAN BILL, TIMOTHY J. RUNYAN, IAN FRIEL, JOHN H. PRYOR, LAWRENCE V. MOTT, JOHN DOTSON, MICHEL BALARD, BERNARD DOUMERC, MARCO GEMIGNANI, FRANCISCO CONTENT DOMINGUES, LOUIS SICKING, JAN GLETE, N.A.M. RODGER, RICHARD W. UNGER.
  

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Contents

Northern Europe
19
Naval Force in the Viking Age and High Medieval Denmark
25
Scandinavian Warships and Naval Power in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth
35
Naval Power and Maritime Technology during the Hundred Years War
53
The English and War at Sea c 1200c 1500
69
Byzantine Fleets and the History of the Empire
83
Iberian Naval Power 10001650
105
Venice Genoa and Control of the Seas in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth
119
Venice at the End of the Middle Ages
151
The Florentine Navy and the Navy of the Sacred
169
The State of Portuguese Naval Forces in the Sixteenth Century
187
Naval Power in the Netherlands before the Dutch Revolt
199
Naval Power and Control of the Sea in the Baltic in the Sixteenth Century
217
Naval Warfare in the Sixteenth Century
233
Toward a History of Medieval Sea Power
249
Index
263

Genoese Naval Forces in the Mediterranean during the Fifteenth
137

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About the author (2003)

Richard W. Unger is Professor of History at the University of British Columbia. He is also author of A History of Brewing in Holland, 900-1900: Economy, Technology, and the State, The Art of Medieval Technology: Images of Noah the Shipbuilder, and The Ship in the Medieval Economy, 600-1600.

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