The Medieval City Under Siege

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Boydell & Brewer, 1999 - History - 302 pages
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Warfare in Europe in the middle ages underwent a marked change of emphasis as urban life expanded. The concentration of wealth represented by a city was a valuable objective, and the static nature of a siege was infinitely preferable to the uncertainties of campaign. As the incidence of sieges increased, so pitched battles declined. The studies in this book, intended for specialists as well as general readers, follow the history of siege warfare, exploring the urban milieu within which it developed, and the evolution of siege technology up to the advent of gunpowder weaponry. The logistics of specific sieges, from the Crusader kingdoms in the Near East and the Byzantine Empire as well as medieval Europe, are also considered, with evidence from literature, engineering, architecture and cliometrics. IVY CORFIS is professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; MICHAEL WOLFE is professor in the department of history at Penn State University, Altoona. Contributors: MICHAEL WOLFE, JAMES F. POWERS, MICHAEL TOCH, DENYS PRINGLE, ERIC McGEER, PAUL E. CHEVEDDEN, MICHAEL HARNEY, HEATHER ARDEN, WINTHROP WETHERBEE, KELLY DEVRIES, MICHAEL MALLETT, BERT S. HALL.
 

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Contents

An Introduction
3
The Besieged Town on the LusoHispanic
17
The Medieval German City under Siege
35
Siege Warfare and the Bonnes Villes of France during
49
Town Defences in the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem
69
Byzantine Siege Warfare in Theory and Practice
123
Prelude to the Middle Ages
131
Siege Warfare in Medieval Hispanic Epic and Romance
177
The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Love in the Roman de la rose
191
Chivalry under Siege in Ricardian Romance
207
The Impact of Gunpowder Weaponry on Siege Warfare in
227
Siegecraft in Late FifteenthCentury Italy
245
Technology and Tactics
257
Onomastic Index
277
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Michael Wolfe currently works in the health and wellness industry and has been both in personal practice in clinic and in sport for over 25 years. During this time he has interacted with people from all walks of life and industry. People find him to be trustworthy and a good listener. He has discovered many parallels in developing youth in sport with challenges faced by both employee and employer. Communication and a positive influence go a long way to helping people heal from injury. This carries over to the business environment in which people face difficult situations. Michael has always taken a keen interest in human behavior and has developed a passion for helping people work towards their true potential in their chosen field. He is a self-proclaimed good listener and adviser with the ability to see things from different perspectives.

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