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


A balista operated by winch
A trebuchet with winch and sling
Scaling a wall the ladder supported by a wedge
A battery of cannons
The Conventions and Laws of Siege Warfare
and the burghers of Calais

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About the author (1992)

Matthew Bennett is a Senior Lecturer at The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. His books include the "Cambridge Atlas of Warfare: The Middle Ages" and "Agincourt, 1415,"
Jim Bradbury's books include "The Medieval Archer," "The Medieval Siege," and "The Routledge Companion to Medieval Warfare,"
Kelly DeVries is Professor of History at Loyola College in Maryland. He is the author of "Medieval Military Technology," "Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century, Joan of Arc: A Military Leader," and "Guns and Men in Medieval Europe,"
Iain Dickie has been a committe member of the Society of Ancients and editor of "Army & Navy Modelworld,"" Military Hobbies," and "Miniature Wargames "magazines. Phyllis Jestice is Assistant Professor of Medieval History, University of Southern Mississippi. She was previously Lecturer in Ancient and Medieval History, California State University.

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