Armies of the Medieval Italian Wars 1125–1325

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Armies of the Medieval Italian Wars 1125–1325

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Using detailed color plates, this beautifully illustrated book describes the myriad of armies and navies that fought for control of Italy in the Middle Ages.

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 organization and tactics. Italian urban militias became better organized and equipped, the Imperial armies went from being mostly German to multinational forces, and both sides became reliant on mercenary forces to prosecute their wars.

After the 1260s, France, relying mainly on armored 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.

Table of 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.

Product details

Published Feb 19 2019
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472833402
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 523
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Gabriele Esposito

GABRIELE ESPOSITO is a professor of modern history…

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Giuseppe Rava

Giuseppe Rava was born in Faenza in 1963, and took…

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