Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

The Renaissance at War (Smithsonian History of Warfare)

4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0060891954
ISBN-10: 0060891955
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$8.50 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
Buy new On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$12.18 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
More Buying Choices
32 New from $3.04 49 Used from $1.43
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Prime Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
$12.18 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Renaissance at War (Smithsonian History of Warfare)
  • +
  • MERCENARIES AND THEIR MASTERS: Warfare in Renaissance Italy
Total price: $52.17
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Arnold F. Thomas is a professor of history at Yale University, and has written extensively on the military history of the Renaissance era.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Series: Smithsonian History of Warfare
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060891955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060891954
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By S. Edwards on June 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
this book is part of the Cassell History of Warfare series that is currently being published and is, in my opinion, one of the best books in this collection (along with Hanson's Wars of the Ancient Greeks and Goldworthy's Roman Warfare). The first half of the book covers the developments on siegecraft, artillery, infantry tactics, and strategy of European armies in the 16th century; the second half covers the history of wars between the Ottoman empire and Europe and between Europeans themselves during the same period. The writing is succinct and informative. The illustrations are well chosen - both relevant and pleasing to the eye. Charts and maps are plentiful. You will enjoy this book.
Comment 27 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Thomas Arnold is a great writer, and having John Keegan as the editor of could only have helped the text. It is very easy to read and still extremely interesting, covering first the technical evolution of warfare from the 15th to the 17th centuries and then covering the major conflicts of the era.
Added to the strong writing and editing are many computer generated maps of individual battles and some great illustrations, many taken from period tapestries and paintings.
This book is probably the most clear, well-written book available on the subject, while still encompassing many lesser known facets of the Renaissance and even injecting some humor in a couple of passages.
Don't judge it by its textbook appearance and odd dimensions...it is anything but textbook-like and will undoubtedly lead you to buy more of the books in the series.
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
First off, I knew nothing about war during the European Renaissance before reading this book, so I went in with pretty low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised- this book is fascinating. Thomas Arnold writes in a very clear style, that is easy to follow. His research is detailed, but he does not bog the reader down with too many minute details.
Also, this book is full of excellent graphics. It has many period prints, maps, tapestry images, and some well done battlefield graphics. I thought this illustrations really helped emphasize many of the author's key points.
This is the first book in the series that I have read, so now I have rather high expectations for the other volumes I purchased with this one. I highly recommend this book to any military history student, or anyone interested in learning more about how warfare changed in Europe during the Renaissance.
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Fairly good, but some of the "expertise" of the author wears thin after he says the "Chinese invented gunpowder, Italians first used horses in 983 AD, French invented spears...", etc.

You'll need a magnifying glass, as the print is small and very hard to read, especially the tiny graphs and maps.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on May 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is well worth buying by any history buff or for anyone who appreciates good writing. The author presents his subject clearly and vividly. The arrivial of gunpowder on the medieval scene, the beginnings of battlefield formations and an explanation of siege warfare are all well presented. Mr. Arnold's writing style is flowing and unobtrusive. That together with the beautiful illustrations makes this book a gem. Don't miss it.
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
A very nice little book, with a lot of interesting, if somewhat basic, information. Arnold writes clearly and vividly, with both regard and respect towards those unfamiliar with the complexities of the history of war, especially in a period such as this, when the wide use of gunpowder marked a turning point in the style of warfare and the perception of military tactics. Arnold covers briefly most basic aspects of Renaissance warfare, the decline of the Knight (in that old, medieval sense), the change in styles of fortification, the changing role of the general, the use of the artillery, etc, and does so while giving in the same time an accurate account of the main military events. Though the format of the book does not allow for much in-depth analysis of all the nuances of early modern war and warfare, Arnold's narrative never seems empty of interesting details or comments. The book is very well illustrated, with a selection of paintings, helpful maps and a couple of excellent battle diagrams. In all this book is a great place to start for those interested in renaissance and early modern war.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This book serves as a great singular introduction to warfare of the late 15th - early 17th Centuries, describing changes in military thought and practice in detail. The fortifications of this time period, heavily influenced by the increased usage of firearms, are described in detail, as are the pike phalanxes that dominated the Renaissance battlefield in Europe, and in the desperately fought wars between Christendom and the Ottoman Empire throughout this time frame. Included as appendices are ruler lists, timelines, and a dictionary to the major military figures of the era.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
the must read on the Italian renaissance wars. thoroughly enjoying it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The Renaissance at War (Smithsonian History of Warfare)
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The Renaissance at War (Smithsonian History of Warfare)