Medieval Weapons: An Illustrated History of Their Impact, 1st Edition

  • Kelly DeVries
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  • ISBN-10: 1851095314
  • ISBN-13: 9781851095315
  • DDC: 623.4094
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 333 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released September 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Overview

It was the time of the crossbow and catapult, halberd and mace, battering ram, siege tower, sword and dagger, and increasingly more formidable armored protection. It was the Middle Ages, when weapons were of such infinite variety that hardly any two soldiers faced off using the same weaponry.

In the Middle Ages, the lack of standardized weapons meant that one warrior's arms were often quite different from another's, even when they were fighting on the same side. And with few major technological advances in that period, the evolution of those weapons over the centuries was incremental. But evolve they ultimately did, bringing arms, armor and siege weapons to the threshold of the modern era. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the beginnings of the Renaissance, Medieval Weapons: An Illustrated History of Their Impact covers the inexorable transformation from warrior in the mail shirt to fully armored knight, from the days of spears and swords to the large-scale adoption of the handgun. Medieval Weapons covers this fascinating expanse of centuries in chapters devoted to the early medieval, Carolingian, Crusade, and late medieval periods. Within each period, the book details how weapons and armor were developed, what weapons were used for different types of battles, and how weapons and armor both influenced, and were influenced by, changing tactics in battles and sieges.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction to Weapons and Warfare Series.
Introduction to Medieval Weapons.
Acknowledgments.
1: The Early Middle Ages, 376–750.
2: History.
3: Military Organization.
4: Strategy and Tactics.
5: Late Roman Arms and Armor Spears and Javelins.
6: Late Roman Armor.
7: Barbarian Arms and Armor.
8: Siege Weapons.
9: The Enemy: The Huns.
10: The Carolingian Era, 750–1050.
11: History.
12: Carolingian Military Organization and Obligation.
13: Arms and Armor.
14: The Enemy: The Vikings.
15: The Crusades, 1050–1300.
16: History.
17: Arms and Armor.
18: Armor.
19: The Enemy: The Army of Saladin.
20: The Late Middle Ages, 1300–1550.
21: History.
22: Military Organization.
23: Strategy and Tactics.
24: Arms and Armor.
25: Cavalry Weapons.
26: Infantry Weapons.
27: Missile Weapons.
28: Siege Weapons.
29: The Enemy: The Ottoman Turks.
30: Conclusions.
31: Illustrations.
Glossary.
Bibliography.
Index.
About the Authors.
Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction to Weapons and Warfare Series.
Introduction to Medieval Weapons.
Acknowledgments.
1: The Early Middle Ages, 376–750.
2: History.
3: Military Organization.
4: Strategy and Tactics.
5: Late Roman Arms and Armor Spears and Javelins.
6: Late Roman Armor.
7: Barbarian Arms and Armor.
8: Siege Weapons.
9: The Enemy: The Huns.
10: The Carolingian Era, 750–1050.
11: History.
12: Carolingian Military Organization and Obligation.
13: Arms and Armor.
14: The Enemy: The Vikings.
15: The Crusades, 1050–1300.
16: History.
17: Arms and Armor.
18: Armor.
19: The Enemy: The Army of Saladin.
20: The Late Middle Ages, 1300–1550.
21: History.
22: Military Organization.
23: Strategy and Tactics.
24: Arms and Armor.
25: Cavalry Weapons.
26: Infantry Weapons.
27: Missile Weapons.
28: Siege Weapons.
29: The Enemy: The Ottoman Turks.
30: Conclusions.
31: Illustrations.
Glossary.
Bibliography.
Index.
About the Authors.