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Siege Warfare during the Hundred Years War (Hardback)

Once More unto the Breach

Medieval History Military

By Peter Hoskins
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 234
ISBN: 9781473834323
Published: 2nd October 2018



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Histories of the Hundred Years War have been written, and accounts of the famous battles, but until now no book has concentrated on the sieges that played a decisive role in the protracted struggle between England and France. Edward III’s capture of Calais in 1347 was of crucial importance for the English, and the failure of the English siege of Orléans in 1429 was a turning point for the French after the disaster of Agincourt. Throughout the war, sieges were a major weapon in the strategic armouries of both sides, and Peter Hoskins’s perceptive and graphic study is a fascinating analysis of them.

He describes the difficulties faced by besieger and besieged, examines the logistics and resource implications of sieges, and provides a comparative assessment of siege warfare alongside set-piece battles and the English strategy of chevauchées. Key sieges are reconstructed in vivid detail, other sieges are summarized, and the book is fully illustrated with photographs and plans.

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The author has describe compellingly the processes, the motives, the techniques and the technologies, including the early use of gunpowder, to deliver stone and metal shot to the enemy walls to create breaches through which the attackers would gain entry to the town or castle. Good insight into the strategy and tactics employed and graphic accounts of key sieges. Essential reading for all those with an interest in Medieval history, the protracted Anglo-French conflict, and the art of siege warfare. The information is also applicable to those interested in other periods and wars because it brings to a climax the warfare developed in ancient history and holds lessons for any fixed defences employed since Medieval times.

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