A History of the Early Medieval Siege, C. 450-1220

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Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2009 - History - 505 pages
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Medieval warfare was dominated by the attack and defence of fortified places, and siege methods and technology developed alongside improvements in defences. This book uses both original historical sources and evidence from archaeology to analyse this relationship as part of a comprehensive view of the whole subject, tracing links across three continents. It considers the most important questions raised by siege warfare: who designed, built and operated siege equipment? How did medieval commanders gain their knowledge? What were the roles of theoretical texts and the developing science of siege warfare? How did nomadic peoples learn to conduct sieges? How far did castles and town walls serve a military purpose, and how far did they act as symbols of lordship? The volume begins with the replacement of the western Roman empire by barbarian successor states, but also examines the development of the Byzantine Empire, the Muslim Caliphate and its successors, and the links with China, through to the early thirteenth century. The companion volume, A History of the Late Medieval Siege, continues the story to 1500.
  

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Contents

After rome
1
The Arab conquests
37
The age of the Carolingian empire
65
The tenth century
109
the eleventh century
155
the early crusades
209
The twelfth century in Northern and Central europe
251
Consolidation and centralisation
299
The developing technology of attack and the response
357
Timeline
389
Glossary
407
Index
485
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