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The King's Army: Warfare, Soldiers and Society during the Wars of Religion in France, 1562-76 (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History) Paperback – July 18, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0521525138 ISBN-10: 0521525136

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521525136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521525138
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thanks to its felicitous style and plentiful tables, graphs, and charts, this book will appeal to the general reader interested in military history, as well as to the specialist because of its rich detail and an excellent appendix of sources for each of the first five wars." J.E. Brink, Choice

"...an intelligent, wonderfully nuanced consideration of the profound problems that the early modern French state faced....[a] ground-breaking study that provides both a wealth of data mined from archival material and an important assessment of the development of the French army....likely to become the standard work for years to come." History: Review of New Books

"a major contribution to the debate over the military revolution in early modern Europe." Paul C. Allen, Sixteenth Century Journal

"It is an important contribution to sixteenth century studies." Daniel Hickey, H-Net Reviews

"The book is well organized and well written....Wood has made a first rate contribution to both the social history of warfare and and to our knowledge of military organization and institutions in sixteenth-century France....the book is almost an example of micro-history with its fascinating thematic and socio-economic analyses. It is an important contribution to sixteenth century studies." M.J. Carley, H-Net

"...an importnat contribution to sixteenth century studies." Daniel Hickey, H-Net Reviews

Book Description

Historians have long ignored the military aspect of the French wars of religion. In contrast, The King's Army - a meticulously researched analysis of the royal army during the early civil wars - brings warfare back to the centre of the picture. The King's Army makes an important contribution to the history of military forces, warfare, religion and society in France, and will be of great interest to those engaged in the debate over the 'Military Revolution' in early modern Europe.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Iannuzzo on July 20, 1998
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Wood has put the "war" back into the Wars of Religion. This volume contains a magnificent analysis of the French royal army and its operations. The nature of the military conflict, particularly in the early wars of religion, had serious consequences for the crown, the state, and French society as a whole. His thesis is that the crown failed to deliver a knock-out blow to the Huguenot rebellion in the early wars due to an incomplete "military revolution" (the problems of logistics, supply, personnel, financing, social organization, etc. that all needed to be solved by early modern states in order to field effective standing armies). This led to a state of endemic civil war that lasted for over a generation. This book is an essential contribution to the fields of military history, warfare and society, the Wars of Religion, and early modern France. Now, we need someone to write the equivalent analysis of the other side...
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The book has a narrative of all the wars of the period, assessment of weapons and tactics, logistics and strategy. It is a must-read for everyone who likes the early modern military history. Of a particular notice is a fresh research on the battle of Dreux and a great description of sieges. Gendarmes with lances, war stories, reiters with pistols, landsknechts, bloodshed - all of it is united into a fascinating story about a terrifying era.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Pascal Mahé on January 13, 2013
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Hello

Originally the book was to be intact ...

But the packaging being too tight, and the book was damaged ...

All the top right corner of the cover and all pages below were folded and are definitely marked throughout the thickness of the book, including the corresponding upper corner of the back cover ...

Big disappointment for me ...

Best regards

Pascal
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