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Warfare Under the Anglo-Norman Kings, 1066-1135


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Part 1 Introduction. Part 2 Contexts - the world of Anglo-Norman warfare: the institutional context - the miltary system as a branch of government; the social context - feudal society and a warrior aristocracy; the political context - warfare as a tool of policy; the geographical context - the strategic map. Part 3 The Anglo-Norman miltary system: manpower - leadership pools, manpower pools, the composition of armies, the size of armies, ships and sailors; administration - the "familia regis", the fyrd and the feudal hosts, castle ward, supply, engineering, training; demobilization. Part 4 Warfare I - patterns and campaigns: the role of castles; the role of field forces; field forces on campaign - movement, maintenance. Part 5 Warfare II - sieges and battles: seige warfare; battle - general characteristics, individual battles; naval combat; prisoners. Part 6 Conclusions.


Fill[s] a gap in scholarship by offering a coherent and readable study of Anglo-Norman warfare... something of a milestone in the academic study of medieval warfare in providing a comprehensive account of the whole violent business. He does not study castles, weaponry, tactics or strategy in isolation, but offers an interwoven study which is in many ways refreshing and original... A good book, which will be of great use not just to academics but also to undergraduates, who will find it full of sense and insight. The book is the first major product of one of the more vital debates in recent early medieval scholarship. HISTORY With its coverage of ravaging, logistics and money, [this book] will convey to the reader a genuine understanding of the nature of medieval warfare. HISTORY TODAY Take[s] the study of medieval English warfare considerably forward. ARCHIVES

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