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  Medieval Warfare
The form of warfare in Medieval Europe was that which developed out of the military traditions and practices of the German tribes that overran the Roman empire in the 4th, 5th, and 6th centuries.
But in Medieval warfare it was generally all or nothing.
Medieval warfare was also very dependant on the quality of leadership.
www.hyw.com /Books/History/Medi0000.htm   (3917 words)

  ipedia.com: Medieval warfare Article   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Medieval European armies were typically divided into three sections called 'battles' or 'battalions'—the vanguard or vaward, the centre or main-battle, and the rearguard or rearward.
In particular, medieval fortifications became progressively stronger—for example, the advent of the concentric castle from the period of the Crusades—and more dangerous to attackers—witness the increasing use of machiolations and murder-holes, as well the preparation of boiling oil, molten lead or hot sand.
In the Mediterranean, naval warfare in the medieval period resembled that of the ancient period: fleets of galleys rowed by slaves would attempt to ram each other, or come alongside for marines to fight on deck.
www.ipedia.com /medieval_warfare.html   (2188 words)

 Medieval Warfare
Skill in the use of Medieval weapons and understanding the strategy of Medieval Warfare was necessary and a played a vital part in Medieval life.
Medieval warfare changed as new weapons, such as the Crossbow and the Longbow were developed.
Medieval Warfare - The Mace, the Dagger and the Lance
www.castles.me.uk /medieval-warfare.htm   (973 words)

 Medieval Warfare
Medieval Warfare is a valuable summary of the state of knowledge and scholarly understanding of the practice war in Europe from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance.
Medieval Warfare is the warfare of the Middle Ages.
Warfare in medieval times was never static or predictable - although there were ideals and conventions to follow, in the field commanders had to use their initiative and adapt to the needs of the moment.
lycos.cs.cmu.edu /info/medieval-warfare.html   (412 words)

 Medieval Life
Throughout the medieval period many different styles of stirrups were used in an attempt to find the perfect design suitable for medieval warfare and medieval jousting.
Medieval armor (also known as 'medieval armour' in the old English) evolved throughout medieval history as new and more deadly medieval weapons were created.
Medieval swords and a few personally favored medieval weapons were all medieval knights needed in battle.
www.realarmorofgod.com /medieval-era.html   (1545 words)

 Medieval Warfare: A History (Maurice Keen) - review
The dozen chapters of Medieval Warfare are written by academic specialists, but it is an overview aimed at students and the general public: it lacks references, offering instead a further reading section with around a dozen titles for each chapter.
The first half of Medieval Warfare has four chapters on successive chronological periods — "Carolingian and Ottonian Warfare", "An Age of Expansion, c.1020-1204", "European Warfare, c.1200-1320", and "The Age of the Hundred Years War" —; and two on warfare at the geographical extremes — "The Vikings" and "Warfare in the Latin East".
Several of the chapters, and in particular the introduction and final chapter (by Keen himself), address the distinctive features of medieval warfare and its "boundaries" — the ways in which it differed from Roman and Byzantine warfare, and the changes towards the end of the period that started the early modern "military revolution".
dannyreviews.com /h/Medieval_Warfare.html   (442 words)

 Medieval Chinese Warfare, 300-900 Canadian Journal of History - Find Articles
The word "medieval" is usually associated with Europe and conjures up images of knights on crusade in heavy armour, notions of feudal society, and stories about courtly love.
Developments in "medieval" China sometimes paralleled similar military advances in the West - the appearance of stirrups, the evolution of armoured cavalry, and the introduction of gunpowder.
Overall, medieval China seems closely related to medieval Byzantium, both of which had a similar level of military technology: Graff remarks that Chinese military tools and techniques would not have been unfamiliar to a Byzantine visitor, and vice versa (p.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qa3686/is_200412/ai_n13244129   (569 words)

 Medieval Warfare Weapons
As shown in the Bayeux tapestry, during this period the archers gained their special place in the Medieval Warfare battle formation.
Among the Medieval Warfare Weapons, the sword remained the knightly weapon par excellence.
In the same period, the Medieval Warfare was revolutionized by the introduction of gunnery, represented by the mighty bombard, at this stage used mainly for siege purposes.
www.medieval-spell.com /Medieval-Warfare-Weapons.html   (1403 words)

 VMP - Books on Medieval Warfare
Medieval military engineering was equally inventive in terms of mining, counter-mining, the breaking of walls, the use of noxious and chemical fumes as well as pre-explosive or semi-explosive fire-weapons.
Warfare is a major feature of the history of the middle ages, but its study has often been the province of amateurs; only recently have the technical details of warfare and its organisation been subject to proper scholarly investigation.
This study departs from the conventional view of the dominance of cavalry in medieval warfare: its objective is to establish the often decisive importance of infantry.
www.aemma.org /vmp/books/warfare.htm   (3337 words)

 Trebuchet , Catapult and Siege Engine Books, Video, Games and Movies
The experience of warfare with both the Carthaginians during the later 3rd century BC, and Philip V of Macedon during the early 2nd century BC, finally prompted the introduction of the siege tower and the battering ram to the Roman arsenal.
Medieval military engineering was equally inventive in terms of mining, counter-mining, the breaking of walls, the use of noxious and chemical fumes as well as pre-explosive or semi-explosive fire weapons.
The Medieval Fortress covers the origin and evolution of the castles and other walled defenses, their major components, and the reasons for their eventual decline, which was not solely due to the introduction of gunpowder.
www.redstoneprojects.com /trebuchetstore/siege_engine_books.html   (6737 words)

 Medieval Siege Warfare
Medieval Siege Warfare was conducted according to Chivalric Rules and a truce or settlement would always be attempted, according to the Chivalric Code before Siege Warfare commenced.
Medieval Siege warfare was fought from the perspective of the Defender and the perspective of the Attacker.
Medieval Siege Warfare was costly and Siege Weapons and the besieging forces would not be assembled until it was believed that all truce negotiations would fail.
www.castles.me.uk /medieval-siege-warfare.htm   (1146 words)

 Renaissance and Medieval Siege Warfare Tactics
The era commonly known as “Early Modern Warfare” began during the middle of the fifteenth century and lasted until the end of the eighteenth century.
The shortcoming of the mangonel was it accuracy but it's versatility and ease of maneuvering made it the most popular siege catapult during the medieval period.
When you actually look at the war tactics used during Medieval and Renaissance time they turn out to be not near as spectacular as you have been led to believe with Hollywood's depiction in the movies.
www.all-about-renaissance-faires.com /warfare/siege_tactics.htm   (1962 words)

 The Siege in Medieval Times: Besieging a Castle in the Middle Ages
Medieval warfare - the tactics, methods and weaponry used to lay siege to a castle in medieval times.
The siege was a popular technique of medieval warfare and aimed to force the enemy to abandon a castle (or sometimes a whole town) or die in its defence.
As the medieval period drew to a close, a castle became more of a home than a defence system and life was more about tournaments and displays, rather than pitched battles.
medievalhistory.suite101.com /article.cfm/the_siege_in_medieval_times   (800 words)

 Non-Gunpowder Artillery
While some of the the large pieces used in the late medieval era can be traced to tension and torsion powered machines used in ancient times, the rotating-beam engine (most famous of which is the trébuchet) is unique to medieval warfare.
Like modern artillery, medieval crew-operated weapons were of two general categories relating to tactical employment: indirect fire (throwing or lobbing) objects (projectiles) toward a target area, and directly shooting a missile (arrow/bolt or 'bullet') at a target.
Most accounts suggest that the tension bows, firing bolts or arrows were what the medieval forces used as their principal heavy direct-firing weapon until the advent of the gunpowder pot-de-fer in the early 14th century.
xenophongroup.com /montjoie/ngp_arty.htm   (2731 words)

 Society of Ancients - Rules : Medieval Warfare
Gore is not a fan of the DBM style rules that use generic troop types, as well as a "pip" system of random command abilities--hardly the stuff of commanders.
Instead, and with a nod to his research into medieval command (Gore is the author of Neglected Heroes: Leadership and War in the Early Medieval Period), he sets out to capture the essence of Medieval warfare for us tabletop commanders.
Medieval Warfare costs $20 and is available from Terry Gore, 890 James Rd., Rochester, NY 14612, USA.
www.soa.org.uk /resource/rules/medievalwarfare.htm   (2646 words)

 Medieval Warfare
On the early medieval European battlefield, heavy weapons and heavy armor ruled.
On the late medieval battlefield, the use of crossbows and polearms reduced the effectiveness of the cavalry; as a result, cavalry was removed from the main battle.
Towards the end of the medieval era, knights forsake defense in favor of agility.
www.mountbromo.com /ethshar/medieval-warfare.html   (1167 words)

 Medieval Knights & Warfare
Castles were the most expensive buildings in Medieval England and no owner — be they a king or a noble —; could afford to lose one.
The life of the Medieval Knights and their retinues centered around enhancing their Knightly skills in the use of weapons, horsemanship and medieval warfare.
Skill in the use of Medieval weapons was necessary and a played a vital part in Medieval life.
www.michelesinclair.com /medieval_knights_and_warfare.shtml   (1112 words)

 Chris Harrison - The Sling in Medieval Europe
Warfare in medieval Europe was not that dissimilar from conflicts of antiquity; the use of infantry, cavalry, ranged troops, and other peripheral units persisted.
The medieval period is of interest because this traditional style of warfare reached its pinnacle of development.
By the close of the medieval period, the handgun had become the supreme ranged weapon, as it easily penetrated the once invulnerable plate armor of the High Middle Ages.
www.chrisharrison.net /projects/sling/index.html   (4988 words)

 New Course Looks at How Warfare Shaped (and Shapes) World History
Warfare is a cultural activity and the story of war looms large in the history of Western civilization.
This course serves as an introduction to the history of warfare as in-depth coverage is clearly impossible.
The role of warfare in the creation and evolutions of the modern state (case studies).
www.dartmouth.edu /~history/newsletter/spring02/warfare.html   (1815 words)

 Phred.ca: Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) role playing games, modules, adventures, supplements and all that.
Warfare in the middle ages was nowhere so efficient as it is today.
A nice and approachable work by a respected medieval scholar, about the relationship of knight and castle during warfare and peace, using Richard Beauchamp (Earl of Warwick, 1381-1454) as the subject for his investigation.
It explains how medieval warfare was changed, and changed again, by the evolving technologies and tactics involving the use of the horse.
www3.sympatico.ca /smadill/reference-warfare.html   (412 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Medieval Warfare: A History: Maurice Keen: Books
In 'Medieval Warfare: A History', Maurice Keen, a fellow in Medieval History at Balliol Oxford (a college I attended briefly for lectures while I lived in Britain) has edited a superb compilation of essays, from a worthy collection of scholars from British and Irish Colleges, with one contributor from West Point.
As Keen writes in the preface: 'Warfare was a formative influence on the civilisation and the social structures of the European middle ages.
Its history in that period is in consequence of high significance alike for those who are interested in the middle ages for themselves and for their legacy, and for those whose interest is in war and its place in the story of human development.
www.amazon.co.uk /Medieval-Warfare-History-Maurice-Keen/dp/0198206399   (986 words)

 Knights and Chivalry in Medieval England
The life of a knight in the medieval period.
Also see "Medieval London" in our "London History"section.
Prehistory - Roman Britain - Dark Ages - Medieval Britain - The Tudor Era - The Stuarts - Georgian Britain - The Victorian Age
www.britainexpress.com /History/Knights_and_Fights.htm   (460 words)

 Valhalla Moon - Siege Warfare and the Trebuchet
Siege warfare may not be the most widely recognizable form of medieval warfare, but it undoubtedly left its mark on mechanized combat.
Though modern warfare no longer uses catapults, battering rams and the like, these humble beginnings of large-scale mechanized warfare have survived in ballistic barrages, missiles, tanks and other, more high-tech adaptations of the original components of the Medieval siege.
Siege warfare as most understand it would not have been possible without the castles that it tried to breach.
www.geocities.com /softigerain/lecture4.html   (2712 words)

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