The Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare: The Middle Ages, 768–1487

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This book offers a highly readable account of warfare in Europe and the Mediterranean from the Battle of Poitiers to the Wars of the Roses. With an emphasis on superb full-colour cartography and illustration, The Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare: The Middle Ages, 768–1487 focuses on military strategy, debunking some of the prevailing myths of medieval warfare. Often characterized as an era dominated by lone knights and long sieges, the Middle Ages in fact had a military culture as sophisticated and complex as our own, with organized armies and a high degree of tactical intelligence. This complexity is detailed in maps, plans, and an informative text. Development of naval warfare, cavalry, and siege tactics are all covered, as is the nature of contemporary logistics and contemporary understanding of the science of warfare.

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'... This book, which should adorn the shelves of anyone interested in military history ... As someone once wrote, geography is about maps and history is about chaps. This splendid, informative book is about both, and much else besides.' Raymond Ward, The School Librarian

'The principal strength of this book is that there is none other like it ... For the specialist, the excellently drawn maps will be of considerable value and assistance; for the general reader, the clear account of campaigns and, more particularly, the concluding section of the book - the best overview I have seen of recent academic conclusions concerning the theory and practice of warfare - will entertain and instruct.' Anne Curry, University of Reading

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This is a highly readable account of European warfare from the Battle of Poitiers to the Wars of the Roses. With full-colour maps and illustration, the authors focus on military and naval culture, tactics, logistics, and science of warfare, revealing an unexpectedly sophisticated and varied military era.

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