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The Art of Warfare in Western Europe during the Middle Ages from the Eighth Century (Warfare in History) Paperback – January 1, 1954


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  • Series: Warfare in History
  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: BOYE6 (January 1, 1954)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851155707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851155708
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For medieval strategy and tactics there is nothing better than this book. MILITARY HISTORY (US) La traduction integrale en anglais...est la consecration internationale, bien tardive, d'un grand classique du genre. MOYEN AGE

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve Phallen on June 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a thorough study of the warfare of this age. It includes good information on the psychological state of the combatants and the development of different tactics throughout the time period. Much effort is spent dissecting the different uses of knights and foot troops with descriptions of battles as support. I read a lot of military history, but this book is a tough read. It is more like a reference work than anything else and the organzition within the chapters could be better. I recommend this only to the most ardent history buffs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By O. Elport on July 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book covers such a wide period of time and stretches across a great area of land and battlefields, that I was doubtful that a complete understanding of the period could emerge from this single work. I was very wrong. Although a bit hard to read at some points the writing is relevant, conclusive and leaves no "open-ended" ideas.

One thing missing though is a map of Europe with the place names of that time. besides this, a great work on medieval warfare. If you only plan to read a single book on the subject, this is the one !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Published in 1954, J.F. Verbruggen's The Art of Warfare in Western Europe during the Middle Ages: From the Eighth Century to 1340 offers the modern historian a tantalizing view of how Western scholarship functioned before the social revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s. Rather than focus on social critiques or groundless commentary, Verbruggen offers an exciting, engaging, and sound view on nearly every aspect of martial Medieval Europe.
Overflowing with useful information, the piece is also deftly written and I attribute this both to Verbruggen's literary skill and the zeal of his translators of the English edition, Colonel Sumner Willard and Mrs. R.W. Southern. He opens with a useful examination of the historiographical problems associated with Medieval research, laying out a transparent key to all of his work. Whatever the difficulties with primary resources, whatever the scarcity of evidence, Verbruggen is careful to inform the reader, allowing him to form more meaningful opinions. After this helpful introduction to medieval studies, Verbruggen dive into his work. In a piece covering such a large period organization often vexes the author. Verbruggen has aptly decided to eschew pure chronology and instead works in themes.
In the first section of the book, Verbruggen deals purely with the armaments, tactics, and backgrounds of the bipartite Medieval army: the knights and the foot soldiers. He discusses the weapons and armor favored by these men, how they trained and battle, and, when available, the opinions and values of the men who fought for king and God.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By joseph on January 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Granted, the scope of this work doesn't allow for much detail, but Verbruggen's explaination of events that revolutionized warfare are thorough and well-reasoned. Also, Verbruggen debunks the myth that warfare in this period was near total anarchy with little rhyme or reason. Make time for this one!
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7 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Clifford Rogers (kc1870@usma1.usma.edu) on March 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This second edition of Verbruggen, with the footnotes restored, is the best single book on medieval warfare.
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