The Medieval Siege


Author: Jim Bradbury

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780851153124

Category: History

Page: 362

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Sieges were a vital strategic weapon in medieval warfare. This book explores developments in siege tactics and the personal experiences of those who were involved.

The Medieval Siege

Theme and Image in Middle English Romance


Author: Malcolm Hebron

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 191

View: 7703

Sieges were a popular subject in medieval romances. Tales of the Crusades featured champions of Christianity capturing towns in the Holy Land or mounting heroic defences. The fall of a great city such as Troy, Thebes, or Jerusalem provided opportunities for the recreation of ancient chivalry and for reflections on historical change. Images of the siege in romances also point to other forms, such as drama and love allegory, where it represents the trial of the soul or the pursuit of the beloved. This book is the first full-length study of an important theme in medieval literature. Close reading of selected Middle English shows how writers used descriptions of sieges to explore such subjects as military strategy, heroism, chivalry, and attitudes to the past. This study also draws on a wide range of writings in several languages, to set the romances in a broad context. When they are seen against a background of military manuals, patristic commentary, pageantry, and love poetry, the sieges of romance take on deeper resonances of meaning and reflect the vitality of the theme in medieval culture as a whole.

The Medieval City Under Siege


Author: Ivy A. Corfis,Michael Wolfe

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780851157566

Category: History

Page: 302

View: 3933

[This] substantial book...makes an important and stimulating contribution. MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY

The Medieval Way of War

Studies in Medieval Military History in Honor of Bernard S. Bachrach


Author: Gregory I. Halfond

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 147241960X

Category: History

Page: 348

View: 9464

Few historians have argued so forcefully or persuasively as Bernard S. Bachrach for the study of warfare as not only worthy of scholarly attention, but demanding of it. In his many publications Bachrach has established unequivocally the relevance of military institutions and activity for an understanding of medieval European societies, polities, and mentalities. In so doing, as much as any scholar of his generation, he has helped to define the status quaestionis for the field of medieval military history. The Medieval Way of War: Studies in Medieval Military History in Honor of Bernard S. Bachrach pays tribute to its honoree by gathering in a single volume seventeen original studies from an international roster of leading experts in the military history of medieval Europe. Ranging chronologically from Late Antiquity through the Later Middle Ages (ca. AD 300-1500), and with a broad geographical scope stretching from the British Isles to the Middle East, these diverse studies address an array of critical themes and debates relevant to the conduct of war in medieval Europe. These themes include the formation and implementation of military grand strategies; the fiscal, material, and administrative resources that underpinned the conduct of war in medieval Europe; and religious, legal, and artistic responses to military violence. Collectively, these seventeen studies embrace the interdisciplinarity and topical diversity intrinsic to Bachrach’s research. Additionally, they strongly echo his conviction that the study of armed conflict is indispensable for an accurate and comprehensive understanding of medieval European history.

Medieval Siege Weapons (2)

Byzantium, the Islamic World & India AD 476–1526


Author: David Nicolle

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

ISBN: 9781841764597

Category: History

Page: 48

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When it came to non-gunpowder machine development, the medieval period was one of the most inventive in military history. During this era, the pre-existing military-technological traditions from the ancient worlds were brought together. Three civilisations were primarily responsible for this evolution: the Late-Roman or Byzantine Empire, the Islamic World, and latterly the Mongol 'World Empire'. This book examines the resulting stone-throwing machines from torsion 'energy storage' systems, to manpowered and counterbalance sling devices, rockets and others.

Journal of Medieval Military History


Author: Bernard S. Bachrach,Clifford J. Rogers,Kelly DeVries

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 9780851159096

Category: History

Page: 179

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A new annual volume of original articles on all aspects of warfare in the middle ages.

The Medieval Tradition of Thebes

History and Narrative in the Roman de Thebes, Boccaccio, Chaucer, and Lydgate


Author: Dominique Battles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135879494

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 8985

First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.