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Warrior of God (Hardback)

Jan Zizka and the Hussite Revolution

Medieval History Military Biography All Frontline Books Frontline: Medieval

By Dr Victor Verney, Foreword by David Muhlena
Frontline Books
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781848325166
Published: 19th March 2009
Last Released: 14th April 2009

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Jan Zizka (1370-1424) was a formidable figure whose life and military career was set amidst the whirlwind of monumental revolutions - military, religious, political and social - that engulfed medieval Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries. The leader of Bohemia's Hussite Revolution - the first of the religious wars during the Protestant Reformation - he was a forward-thinking military genius whose record is virtually unmatched.

He fielded a peasant militia, initially untrained and unequipped, and faced down the Holy Roman Empire's huge professional army of armoured knights known as 'The Men of Iron'. Among his numerous innovations was the armoured wagon fitted with small cannons and muskets, presaging the modern tank. All this, despite the fact that for much of his later career he went completely blind.

Yet remarkably, beyond central Europe, very little is known about him. In this original and engrossing study, historian Victor Verney combines an authoritative analysis with colourful anecdotes to reveal the incredible exploits of this forgotten military genius and the fascinating cast of characters who surrounded him.

The author would like to acknowledge Matt Haywood and his website www.warfareeast.co.uk for his assistance on military aspects of the book.

I really enjoyed this book and could not stop reading after I started. Jan Zizka is definitely a larger than life character, and he deserves a book like this. I recommend it to any reader interested in the history of Eastern Europe, and it is a self-contained history of the Hussite wars. For those who are keep to explore in more detail the intricacies of the Hussite beliefs and history, the bibliography at the end of the book offers other references.

Medieval Warfare 2011

...I really enjoyed this book and could not stop reading after I started. Jan Zizka is definintely a larger than life character, and he deserves a book like this. I recommend it to any reader interested in the history of Eastern Europe, and it is a self-contained history of the Hussite wars. For those who are keen to explore in more detail the intricacies of the Hussite beliefs and history, the bibliography at the end of the book offers other references.

Medieval Warfare
Dr Victor Verney

About Dr Victor Verney

Dr Victor Vincent Verney, Jr. PhD, the grandson of Slovak and Greek immigrants, grew up in Buffalo, New York. He served in the US Navy and is a former college professor and newspaper editor, and is now a full-time writer residing in Des Moines, Iowa.

Victor was asked to attend the Czech Cultural Fair in Omaha in April 2009 to present and give a talk on his new book Warrior of God - Jan Zizka and the Hussite Revolution.


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