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Medieval Warfare: Triumph & Domination In The Wars Of The Middle Ages Hardcover – February 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers; 1ST edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786718595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786718597
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Major General Peter Reid was born in 1925. He served in the British
army from 1945 and worked in Germany, Egypt, Malaya and Morocco. He
later became Major General in control of the Royal Armoured Corps. He
retired in 1981 and became a defense consultant in Europe and America.
Since 1993 he has been sharing his time between homes in Wiltshire and
Gascony, France, where he has been working on the history of Medieval
warfare, a subject that has fascinated him throughout his life.

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My first impression is "What an amazing work." Appears to be very well documented and researched. I like the
writing style of the author......informative, descriptive, well written with the sound of authority, but not stuffy.

I only wish I could meet the General in person, hear his many memories from when he was a young man of 20 in
1945, during his military career, to the present.

Thank you sir for taking time to put together your accounts of Medieval history. We appreciate
your service to your country and the historical narrative.
Cheers,
Cal McGaugh
USA
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dave Schwinghammer VINE VOICE on October 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
MEDIEVAL WARFARE deals mostly with The Hundred Years War and the War of the Roses. It starts out a little dry as it explains how the various kings paid for their constant wars, how the battles were fought, and England's attempt to claim the French throne. Peter Reid never does deal much with personalities, although he does provide an appendix in the back with bios of the various "wolfish" dukes and earls.

Another glossary defines unfamiliar Medieval terms such as "bill," a staff weapon adapted from a farm implement with a sharp point at the end and "hauberk," a shirt of mail reaching to mid thigh.

Scotland proves to be more of a worthy adversary than one might think. Such luminaries as William Wallace and Robert Bruce show up early, but once again, Reid disdains to tell us much about them. Luckily, I had Carolly Erickson's PANOPLY, a book about the English kings from William the Conqueror to the present day to spur my memory. The Scottish generals taught the English how to deploy their archers to best effect, which helped them defeat the French, as the French relied on cross bows rather than the more potent long bows.

About two hundred pages in we learn more about the famous battles, such as Poitiers and Agincourt. Unfortunately, they're pretty much all the same. The French never did adapt to the English style of fighting. There were times when the English were outnumbered five to one and still won. Somewhere in there Joan of Arc shows up, proving to be an inspiration to the French soldiers before a deceitful Duke of Burgundy sold her to the British and she was burned at the stake.
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