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Armies of Anglo-Saxon England 410–1066 (Hardback)

History, Organization and Equipment

Military P&S History > British History > Anglo-Saxons & Vikings P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval History World History > UK & Ireland > England

By Gabriele Esposito
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781399093972
Published: 16th November 2022

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In the early 5th century, Germanic Angles, Saxons and Jutes crossed the North Sea in increasing numbers and began settling among the ruins of the former Roman province of Britannia. This led to centuries of warfare as these 'Anglo-Saxons' carved new, independent kingdoms at the point of the sword, fighting the native Britons and each other. From the late eighth century they also had to face the threat of the Vikings, at first as opportunistic raiders but increasingly bent on conquest. The last Viking invasion was defeated by Harold Godwinson at Stamford Bridge but he was defeated by the Normans in that same fatal year of 1066, ending the Anglo-Saxon Age.

Gabriele Esposito gives an overview of Anglo-Saxon military history, narrating the great campaigns, such as those of Alfred the Great of Wessex and Harold Godwinson. He discusses in detail the composition of Anglo-Saxon forces, their tactics, weapons and equipment, detailing developments across the period. The informative, accessible text is supported by dozens of colour images showing replica Saxon war gear in use.

5 out of 5

Yet another superb book from this author. As far as I am concerned, he is my go to for reference to a period.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

The author Gabriele Esposito has written another fantastic book here again, she brilliantly picks out a group/tribe and brings you everything you would want to know about them

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The History Fella

Profusely illustrated throughout with magnificent full color photography, "Armies of Anglo-Saxon England 410-1066: History, Organization and Equipment" is informatively enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of n informative Introduction, a four page Bibliography, a six page listing of The Reenactor Contributors, and a one page Index. Impressive, informative, exceptional in organization and presentation, "Armies of Anglo-Saxon England 410-1066: History, Organization and Equipment" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library British Medieval Military History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.

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Midwest Book Review

As usual from this author we have an excellent analysis of the history, organisation and tactics employed by the late Anglo Saxons. A very good starting point for further research for anybody becoming interested in the subject. Particularly good colour images which show likely clothing and protection typical of the Fyrd and Danish/Norwegian contemporaries.

Michael McCarthy, Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Gabriele Esposito

Gabriele Esposito is an Italian researcher and a long-time student of military history, whose interests and expertise range widely over various periods. Most of his recent studies have been dedicated to the reconstruction of the organization, functioning and tactics of the armies across history; in each of his publications there is always some relevant space dedicated to the 'material culture'of the various armies taken into account and - more in particular - to the empirical science known as 'uniformology'. Gabriele is the author of numerous books on armies and uniforms and is a regular contributor to many specialized magazines in Italy, France, Netherlands and UK. His many previous works include Armies of Early Colonial North America 1607-1713Armies of the Late Roman Empire 284-476Armies of the Hellenistic States 323 BC to AD30Armies of Celtic Europe 700 BC-AD 106Armies of Ancient Greece, circa 500 BC to 338 BC; and The Macedonian Army of Philip II and Alexander the Great 359-323 BC, all published by Pen & Sword since 2018. He lives in southern Italy, near the ancient battlefield of Beneventum.

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