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War in the Middle Ages Paperback – January 8, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0631144694 ISBN-10: 0631144692

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (January 8, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631144692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631144694
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is, quite simply, the best book on medieval European warfare available in any language ... War in the Middle Ages is not only required reading for all medieval or military historians; it is also enjoyable, clear and crisp ... it must rank as the best buy among history books." History Today

"The best survey of the period in French or English. This is military history at its finest, relating its subject to society at large. There is much to glean on society and organization for war in a crucial thousand years of European history." International History Review

"Philippe Contamine's indispensable survey ... [is] now available in a welcome and clear English translation by Michael Jones... What should be emphasized is how useful it is to have so much information between one pair of covers, and that this information is provided by a careful historian who has here produced both a work of reference and a stimulus to further research." London Review of Books

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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Navigateur on November 6, 2004
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I've read both the French and English editions of this book. The style is difficult, but the scholarship is excellent. The two previous comments do not give enough credit for the depth of the work. Yes, it is not an introduction. But the book definitely adds to the knowledge of those who have already studied the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on April 2, 2013
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I am a bit of a history buff particularly where the middle ages and the renaissance are concerned and this book was fantastic. Tremendous depth and insight into the feudal structures and legal systems around warfare in the middle ages. It also gave me some real insights into how the nobility owed their position to their military obligations and how the rise of currency-based economies eventually led to their obsolescence in society. It may not have been an easy read, but I found it engrossing.
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2004
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This book contains a wealth of information about warfare and weapons in the Middle Ages, but it reads like it was written for an academic audience. Therefore, I believe that non-specialists (like myself) will find the material dry and filled with far too many details of little interest, even for those who are genuinely interested in learning more about the way that warfare was conducted in the Middle Ages.
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8 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2003
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While the author surely knows his material, the presentation is dry, tedious and completely uninspired. It is not a book for beginners either--readers need quite a background before even going into this book.
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