Armies of the German Peasants' War 1524–26

Armies of the German Peasants' War 1524–26

Men-at-Arms 384
  • Author: Douglas Miller
  • Illustrator: Angus McBride
  • Short code: MAA 384
  • Publication Date: 19 Feb 2003
  • ISBN: 9781841765075
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

In the 1520s, a brief but savage war broke out in Germany when various insurgent groups rose to overthrow the power structure. The movement took as its emblem a peasant's shoe and the collective title of 'Bundschuh', and this became known as the Peasants' War - although the rebel armies actually included as many townsmen, miners, disaffected knights and mercenary soldiers as rural peasants. The risings involved large armies of up to 18,000 men, and there were several major battles before the movement was put down with the utmost ferocity. This book details the armies, tactics, costume, weapons, personalities and events of this savage war.

Biographical Note

Douglas Miller researches and models broadly in the period of the German Renaissance and Reformation. He has previously written two Men-at-Arms titles for Osprey Man-at-Arms 58: The Landsknechts and Men-at-Arms 94: The Swiss at War 1300-1500. Doug is married with three children and currently works for an international trade union organisation.Angus McBride is one of the world's most respected historical illustrators, and has contributed to more than 70 Osprey titles in the past three decades. Born in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives and works in Cape Town.


Historical background Chronology of events Organisation of the armies: Upper Swabia - Allgäu, Lake Constance, Baltringen, Leipheim, Wurzach. Lower Franconia - Taubertal, Neckartal Odenwald, Bildhäuser. The Swabian Alliance The commanders Major battles - weapons and tactics Costume & armour: peasants and townsmen - Landsknechts and Swiss mercenaries - knights Flags & recognition marks

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