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Armies of Plantagenet England, 1135–1337 (Hardback)

The Scottish and Welsh Wars and Continental Campaigns

Colour Books Military P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 12th Century P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval History World History > UK & Ireland > England

By Gabriele Esposito
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 184
ISBN: 9781399008358
Published: 28th July 2022



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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.

This book can be a great choice for those who want to learn about the English history in a detailed and interesting way.

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Medieval Sword School

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Stephen Ede-Borrett, The Pike and Shot Society

I've been interested in this historical period for a while, but I never really gave any thought to how the armies looked, or what equipment they had. Very interesting book.

NetGalley, Jesse Lewis

The author covers the weapons, armies and strategies used by the various Kings of the time and what also supported the text was some good photography of a number of re-enactors dressed in accurate uniforms with weapons too. Very informative and ideal for someone who wants a comprehensive book.

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The History Fella

The book is lavishly illustrated; not only with fine reproductions of beautiful mediaeval illuminations but with photographs of re-enactors wearing carefully reproduced arms and armour.


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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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.

NetGalley, Dylan Simon

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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.

NetGalley, Crystal Fuller

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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