The Medieval Siege

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Boydell & Brewer, 1992 - History - 362 pages
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The chapter on weaponry is descriptive and there are excellent drawings as well as contemporary illustrations. Equally, the final chapter on the conduct of sieges is admirably forthright... the index is particularly good. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT In medieval warfare, the siege predominated: for every battle, there were hundreds of sieges. Yet the rich and vivid history of siege warfare has been consistently neglected. Jim Bradbury's panoramic survey takes the history of siege warfare in Europe from the late Roman Empire to the 16th century, and includes sieges in Byzantium, Eastern Europe and the areas affected by the Crusades. Within this broad sweep of time and place, he finds, not that enormous changes occurred, but that the rules and methods of siege warfare remained remarkably constant. Included are detailed studies of some of the major sieges including Constantinople and Chateau-Gaillard. Throughout, Bradbury supports his narrative with chronicles and letters. First-hand accounts of danger, famine and endurance bring the acute reality of siege warfare clearly before the reader. JIM BRADBURY is the author of The Medieval Archer; he writes and lectures on battles and warfare in England and France in the middle ages.
 

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Excellent book for beginner or mid-ranger on the subject. Covers all aspects of siege from machines, fortifications, terror, starvation, mining, early chemical warfare, assaults, etc. Combines historical accounts, annecdotes, and technical revelations very nicely. A good read. Read full review

Contents

A balista operated by winch
250
A trebuchet with winch and sling
263
Scaling a wall the ladder supported by a wedge
276
A battery of cannons
289
The Conventions and Laws of Siege Warfare
296
and the burghers of Calais
308
Bibliography
335
Index
349
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