Armies of Plantagenet England, 1135–1337 (Hardback)
The Scottish and Welsh Wars and Continental Campaigns
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The ascent of the Plantagenets to the English throne in 1154 led to the beginning of a new historical phase in the British Isles, which was marked by numerous wars that were fought between the Kingdom of England and the 'Celtic nations' of Wales, Scotland and Ireland. During the rule of the Norman kings, the English armies had not completed the conquest of Wales and had established only some footholds in Ireland; Scotland was still independent and was ready to contest the Plantagenets’ possession of northern England. As a result of this situation, the two centuries between the rise of the new dynasty and the beginning of the Hundred Years’ War were characterized by a series of wars that ravaged feudal England. Gabriele Esposito covers all these conflicts, following the campaigns of Richard the Lionheart as well as those of his younger brother who was defeated on the continent at the large Battle of Bouvines; the conquest of Wales is analysed in detail, as well as the First Scottish War of Independence that saw William Wallace playing a prominent role. The organization and equipment of all the troop types taken into account is described in full detail and lavishly illustrated with colour images of reenactors, bringing these forces to life.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Dylan Simon
This was a great look at warfare and the army composition of the Plantagenet dynasty. I found it very helpful for future readings on this dynasty.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Crystal Fuller
I love history and was so excited to read this book because I know next to nothing about English history, especially the time frame this book covers. I learned so much from this book and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the author's writing style. It wasn't boring or dry, which was a huge relief because many historical books can be very dry. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more titles by this author.
This guide to the Late Roman Army focusses on the dramatic and crucial period that started with the accession of Diocletian and ended with the definitive fall of the Western Roman Empire. This was a turbulent period during which the Roman state and its armed forces changed. Gabriele Esposito challenges many stereotypes and misconceptions regarding the Late Roman Army; for example, he argues that the Roman military machine remained a reliable and efficient one until the very last decades of the Western Empire. The author describes the organization, structure, equipment, weapons, combat history…By Gabriele Esposito
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