Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century: Discipline, Tactics, and Technology

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Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 1996 - History - 216 pages
His detailed analysis of battles provides an important reassessment of the way in which infantry and dismounted cavalry achieved such striking successes. HISTORY This remarkable study confirms [DeVries's] emergence as one of themajor scholars of his generation. JOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY This study departs from the conventional view of the dominance of cavalry in medieval warfare: its objective is to establish the often decisive importance of infantry. Kelly DeVries employs evidence from first-hand accounts - a major feature of this study - to examine the role of the infantry, and the nature of infantry tactics, in nineteen battles fought in England and Europe between 1302 and 1347, in most of which it was the infantry which secured victory. The battles analysed in detail are: Courtrai Arques Mons-en-Pevele Loudon Hill Kephissos Bannockburn Boroughbridge Cassel Dupplin Moor Halidon Hill Laupen Morlaix Staveren Vottem Crecy Neville's Cross, and the infantry ambushes: Morgarten Auberoche La Roche-Derrien.

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The theme of this book can be summed up in one phrase; the superiority of the tactical defensive. A more interesting question this study begs is where did the infantry fighters detailed find the ... Read full review

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DeVries examines eleven important battles from the early fourteenth century, and the key role that infantry played in each of them. Battles in which the English, Scots, Swiss and Catalan were ... Read full review


The Battle ofCourtrai 1302
The Battle of MonscnPevele 1304
The Battle of Loudon Hill 1307
The Battle of Bannockburn 1314
The Battle of Boroughbridge 1322
The Battle of Cassel 1328
The Battle of Laupen 1339
The Battles of Staveren 1345 and Vottem 1346
The Battle of Nevilles Cross 1346

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About the author (1996)

Kelly DeVries is Professor of History at Loyola College, Baltimore, USA.

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