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By Geoffrey Hindley

ISBN-10: 1602396337

ISBN-13: 9781602396333

A brilliant reconstruction of siege conflict within the medieval global, with particular descriptions of guns and tactics.Here Geoffrey Hindley serves us the historical past of army sieges from each attitude, tracing the improvement of fortifications and kit (offensive and defensive), penning bright graphics of the guns concerned, exploring the psychology of laying siege, or even describing the position performed by way of ladies and camp fans in conflict. He exhibits siege strategies in motion via real-life case reports of recognized sieges that replaced the process historical past in medieval Europe and the Holy Land. His stimulating and obtainable research may be attention-grabbing interpreting for medieval experts and for an individual who's drawn to the heritage of struggle. 50 b&w illustrations

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From March 1278, when he arrived in England, the building program was masterminded and supervised by one man, the Savoyard James St. George (his personal career is outlined in Chapter 3) helped by a select band of fellow Savoyards, and under the hands-on direction of the king. In many cases work had begun in July 1277 under the king's then chief engineer, Master Bertram, and presumably to basic designs closely checked by the king. Edward seems to have intended a once for all, pre-emptive solution to the possibility of Welsh insurrection.

According to tradition, the courtyard within the gate was the site of the open-air court of justice of the Muslim rulers. The fall of the Alhambra came as the culmination of an investment of Granada that had begun in the summer of 1490. An early gain by the Christian armies of Aragon and Castile had occupied the coastal strip from Adra to Salobrena with its hilltop alcazar. In fact, Granada was effectively isolated from any hope of support from Muslim North Africa even had the rulers there been willing to intervene in its support.

He would surely have bridled to be called a mason, master or otherwise, or a mechanic—but his modifications show that he had the skills associated with those callings. As in so much of medieval life and culture, Roman writers were of great importance, none more so than the fourth-century Roman patrician Vegetius (in full, Flavius Vegetius Renatus), whose military handbook, the Epitoma rei militaris ("A Summary of Military Matters"), though primarily a treatise for reforms in the later imperial army, had much to say on tactics and siegecraft.

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