Armies of Plantagenet England, 1135–1337 (ePub)
The Scottish and Welsh Wars and Continental Campaigns
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.Medieval Sword School
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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.The History Fella
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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.Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)
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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.