European Medieval Tactics (2)

New Infantry, New Weapons 1260–1500

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European Medieval Tactics (2)

New Infantry, New Weapons 1260–1500

Description

With the development in the 13th century of co-operative tactics using crossbowmen and heavy spearmen, circumstance began to arise in which the charge by Muslim horse-archers, and then by European armoured knights, could be defied. Infantry were far cheaper and easier to train than knights, and potentially there were far more of them. Tactics emerged by which more numerous and more varied infantry played an increasing part in battles. This book traces these and other examples of this 'jerky' and uneven process through its regional differences, which were invariably entwined with parallel cavalry developments – the balanced army of 'mixed arms' was always the key to success. By the time serious hand-held firearms appeared on battlefields in large numbers in about 1500, the face of medieval warfare had been transformed.

Product details

Published Aug 20 2012
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781780968841
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 18 col
Series Elite
Short code ELI 189
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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David Nicolle

David Nicolle is Visiting Research Fellow at the I…

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Adam Hook

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his wo…

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