Armies of the Medieval Italian Wars 1125–1325

Armies of the Medieval Italian Wars 1125–1325

Men-at-Arms 523
  • Author: Gabriele Esposito
  • Illustrator: Giuseppe Rava
  • Short code: MAA 523
  • Publication Date: 21 Feb 2019
  • Number of Pages: 48
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The great powers of medieval Europe fought continuously in the Italian peninsula between the 12th and 14th centuries as they sought to expand their territory. Invading armies from Germany - the Holy Roman Empire - saw the creation of the defensive Lombard League of northern Italian city-states. These struggles resulted in conflicts between rival confederacies, which in turn proved to be the catalysts for developments in organisation and tactics. Italian urban militias became better organised and equipped, the Imperial armies went from being mostly German to multi-national forces, and both sides became reliant on mercenary forces to prosecute their wars.

After the 1260s, France, relying mainly on armoured cavalry, and Spain, with their innovative light infantry, vied for control of southern Italy. On the seas, the great naval powers of Genoa, Pisa and Venice became fierce rivals, as they created great trading empires, bringing the treasures of the east into feudal Europe. Using detailed colour plates, this beautifully illustrated book describes the myriad of armies and navies that fought for control of Italy in the Middle Ages.

Biographical Note

Gabriele Esposito is an Italian freelance author on military history, specialising in uniformology, who has written a number of titles for Osprey Publishing, Pen & Sword, Winged Hussar Publishing and Partizan Press, and is a regular contributor to many magazines such as Ancient Warfare, Medieval Warfare, Classic Arms & Militaria, Guerres et Histoire, History of War and Focus Storia Wars. He is Professor of Modern History at the Second University, Naples.Giuseppe Rava was born in Faenza in 1963, and took an interest in all things military from an early age. Entirely self-taught, Giuseppe has established himself as a leading military history artist, and is inspired by the works of the great military artists, such as Detaille, Meissonier, Röchling, Lady Butler, Ottenfeld and Angus McBride. He lives and works in Italy.

Contents

* Introduction: outline of military events in Italy during 1125-1325, and their importance for the history of Europe. * Chronology of major wars and battles. [The following chapters each cover the organization, equipment, tactics and combat history of the relevant armies.] * The Imperial armies: the forces sent into Italy from the Holy Roman Empire, with emphasis on those of Emperors Frederick Barbarossa and Frederick II. * The Lombard League: the forces from northern Italy that resisted Imperial invasions, with emphasis on Milan. * The Guelphs and Ghibellines: the forces of the Papal States, Florence, Siena and the Kingdom of Naples, with emhasis on Florence, and the battle of Montaperti. * The Maritime Republics: the land and sea forces of Venice, Genoa, Pisa and Amalfi. * The Angevin armies: the French forces fighting in southern Italy. * The Aragonese armies: the Spanish Catalan forces fighting in southern Italy.
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