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Siege Warfare during the Hundred Years War (Paperback)

Once More unto the Breach

Colour Books Military P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval History

By Peter Hoskins
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 252
Illustrations: 40 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399074766
Published: 2nd September 2022



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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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Historical Miniatures Gaming Society, November 2023

"Siege Warfare During the Hundred Years War: Once More Unto the Breach" is highly recommended for community and academic library English/French military history collections, and is available in a digital book format.

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Midwest Book Review

This is a fascinating book, focusing on a key part of the Hundred Years War and one that is often somewhat neglected.

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History of War

An excellent book that cannot be missing in the library of medieval war lovers.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

There are plenty of histories of the Hundred Years' War (which includes the Battle of Agincourt, covered so comprehensively in Bernard Cornwell's magnificent Agincourt) but Peter Hoskins's new book opens up new information on the strategies and planning of the opposing forces. The illustrations and photographs are of particular interest.

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VaeVictis, January/February 2019

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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Medieval Sword School

This is a well constructed book that places the set piece battles such as Agincourt and Crecy as the unusual events in the context of the Hundred Years War. Besiegement was by far the most active occupation for both sides and this book documents the progress of the sieges. It also remarks the change dictated by the increased capability and firepower of cannon which eventually rendered the traditional castle fortifications redundant and ushered in the era of Vauban. Excellent maps and photographs support the narrative.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

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About Peter Hoskins

Peter Hoskins is a former RAF pilot who writes, lectures and gives battlefield tours. His highly praised previous books – In the Steps of the Black Prince: The Road to Poitiers, 1355-1356, Agincourt 1415, Crécy 1346 and Siege Warfare during the Hundred Years War: Once More unto the Breach – have established his reputation as an authority on the Hundred Years War.

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