Title: Medieval Maritime Warfare
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Book Condition: New
Graphic account of medieval maritime warfare in the Mediterranean, the North Sea and the Baltic. Describes the ships, navigation, crew conditions, maritime strategy, battle tactics. Num Pages: 368 pages, 50 illustrations, colour and black and white. BIC Classification: 3F; 3H; HBLC1; HBTM; HBW; JWF. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 241 x 168 x 29. Weight in Grams: 720. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781781592519
Synopsis: Following the fall of Rome, the sea is increasingly the stage upon which the human struggle of western civilization is played out. In a world of few roads and great disorder, the sea is the medium on which power is projected and wealth sought. Yet this confused period in the history of maritime warfare has rarely been studied ? it is little known and even less understood. Charles Stanton uses an innovative and involving approach to describe this fascinating but neglected facet of European medieval history. He depicts the development of maritime warfare from the end of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Renaissance, detailing the wars waged in the Mediterranean by the Byzantines, Muslims, Normans, Crusaders, the Italian maritime republics, Angevins and Aragonese as well as those fought in northern waters by the Vikings, English, French and the Hanseatic League. This pioneering study will be compelling reading for everyone interested in medieval warfare and maritime history.
About the Author: Dr Charles D. Stanton is a former US naval officer and airline pilot who, after retirement, studied medieval Mediterranean history at Cambridge under David Abulafia. His particular focus is the Norman conquest of southern Italy and Sicily on which he has published several well-received articles in scholarly journals. His recent book, Norman Naval Operations in the Mediterranean, has also been highly praised.
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