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Medieval History

Pen & Sword has established itself as a leading publisher of medieval military history. Battlefield guides, accounts of decisive battles and sieges, critical biographies of key commanders, and reissues of classic works of the medieval scholarship all feature in our list. And the coverage is not restricted to Britain – important books on the Crusades, the Mongols and warfare in medieval Japan are also part of our publishing programme.

Readers who have a passing interest in medieval warfare and those who have long been fascinated by the subject will all find books here that are stimulating reading.

Ask any person in the street to name a Norman commander (notwithstanding Norman Schwarzkopf the American Gulf War Commander!) and most will reply – William the Conqueror. His son, William ‘Rufus’ II is rarely remembered and his antecedents almost totally unacknowledged. In one volume Paul Hill gives us an accessible and scholarly history of the battle hardened Dukes of Normandy from their foundation by the Scandinavian born adventurer Rollo (the Northman/Normandy) to the creation and expansion of their seat of power in Normandy and their ultimate conquest of England. Commanders covered in detail include Robert Guiscard, Richard I (Count of Aversa), Roger I (Count of Sicily), William II and Henry I of England, Robert II Curthose (Duke of Normandy) and Bohemond (Prince of Antioch) as well as the ubiquitous William the Conqueror. After the first 100 pages we are by now well aware as to who was who and the author launches into the battles undertaken by these charismatic leaders. Hastings.. Read more

Chris Heath - author of Denby & District

My first encounter with the mighty King Edward I was during childhood holidays to North Wales where I followed my father around some of the most stunning castles in the British Isles. I later followed this up by reading Michael Prestwich’s biography of the fearsome ‘Longshanks’. There is always room in the history market for new ideas and interpretation of already well researched subjects and David Santiuste has brought Edward’s wars against the Scots back into the limelight with his well researched and lucidly written new book. It is now twenty years since the Mel Gibson film, Braveheart, hit the cinemas. Although full of historical inaccuracies it was a tremendous romp through some of the events covered by this book. But for those who would like to know the true stories behind the characters of Wallace, Balliol, Murray and Bruce this is an excellent book to obtain. It shows Edward’s strengths and weaknesses, a man already in his 40’s before the matter of Scotland became prominent.. Read more

Chris Heath, author of Denby & District

Well written and crucially, it covers the entire campaign, not just the bloody events of St Crispin's Day. The combination of maps, narrative and stand notes are all of a high standard but possibly the most useful sections of the book cover the wider campaign, an overview of the Hundred Years War [with] plenty of additional information. All of this gives the battlefield tourist the vital context required to fully understand any battle, especially one-day battles such as Agincourt. Recommended.

International Guild of Batttefield Guides

The author has specialised in Scandinavian history during the period when the Vikings burst out onto Europe and beyond. His knowledge of warfare and tactics of the time is impressive and the book takes a fresh approach to the period, considering both the Vikings and their enemies. This is probably the finest account of warfare during the period and is essential reading for anyone who wishes toto understand this extraordinary period.


Useful for the gamer for both general campaign ideas and points of historical departure, and also for more in-depth ideas that could easily translate to the tabletop for certain period events.

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