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A Brief History of Medieval Warfare: The Rise and Fall of English Supremacy at Arms, 1314-1485
Reid, Peter
ISBN: 9781845295349
Robinson  2008 
 Soft Cover New book, 561 pages. For over 150 years, from 1314 to 1485, England fought an almost continuous war with its neighbours: the Campaign of the North when the armies of Robert the Bruce were vanquished, the long 116 year conflict with France, finally imploding into a bloody civil strife in the War of the Roses. Too often attention has been placed upon the bravery of knights and archers during these conflicts yet face to face confrontations were few. Peter Reid proposes that England's ability to discipline, provision and finance such a long campaign was at the heart of its success. England was so strong because the whole nation was converted into a political state of total war. The campaigns were just won not on the battle field but in the organisation of troops and supplies. Interweaving his argument with a dramatic recreation of the main events of the campaigns, on land and at sea, Peter Reid presents a new perspective on the turning point in English history.   As New
Price: $14.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 008296  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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A Brief History of the Vikings: The Last Pagans or the First Modern Europeans?
Clements, Jonathan
ISBN: 9781845290764
Robinson  2015 
 Soft Cover New book, 273 pages. Between the eighth and eleventh centuries, the Viking surged from their Scandinavian homelands to trade, raid and invade along the coasts of Europe. Their influence and expeditions extended from Newfoundland to Baghdad, their battles were as far-flung as Africa and the Arctic. But were they great seafarers or desperate outcasts, noble heathens or oafish pirates, the last pagans or the first of the modern Europeans? This concise study puts medieval chronicles, Norse sagas and Muslim accounts alongside more recent research into ritual magic, genetic profiling and climatology. It includes biographical sketches of some of the most famous Vikings, from Erik Bloodaxe to Saint Olaf, and King Canute to Leif the Lucky. It explains why the Danish king Harald Bluetooth lent his name to a twenty-first century wireless technology; which future saint laughed as she buried foreign ambassadors alive; why so many Icelandic settlers had Irish names; and how the last Viking colony was destroyed by English raiders. Extending beyond the traditional 'Viking age' of most books, A Brief History of the Vikings places sudden Scandinavian population movement in a wider historical context. It presents a balanced appraisal of these infamous sea kings, explaining both their swift expansion and its supposed halt. Supposed because, ultimately, the Vikings didn't disappear: they turned into us.  As New
Price: $14.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 008297  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Acre 1291: Bloody sunset of the Crusader States
Nicolle, David
ISBN: 9781841768625
Osprey Pub Co  2005 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM154. In April 1291, a Mamluk army laid siege to Acre, the last great Crusader fortress in the Holy Land. For six weeks, the siege dragged on until the Mamluks took the outer wall, which had been breached in several places. The Military Orders drove back the Mamluks temporarily, but three days later the inner wall was breached. King Henry escaped, but the bulk of the defenders and most of the citizens perished in the fighting or were sold into slavery. The surviving knights fell back to their fortress, resisting for ten days, until the Mamluks broke through. This book depicts the dramatic collapse of this great fortress, whose demise marked the end of the Crusades in the Holy Land. Contents: Background to the siege, Chronology, Opposing commanders, Opposing forces, Opposing plans, The siege and capture of Acre, Aftermath, The battlefield today.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007576  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Bannockburn 1314: Robert Bruce's great Victory
Armstrong, Peter
ISBN: 9781855326095
Osprey Pub Co  2002 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM102. Bannockburn was the climax of the career of King Robert the Bruce. In 1307 King Edward I of England, 'The Hammer of the Scots' and nemesis of William Wallace, died and his son, Edward II, was not from the same mould. Idle and apathetic, he allowed the Scots the chance to recover from the grievous punishment inflicted upon them. By 1314 Bruce had captured every major English-held castle bar Stirling and Edward II took an army north to subdue the Scots. Pete Armstrong's account of this pivotal campaign culminates at the decisive battle of Bannockburn that finally won Scotland her independence.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003348  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Chronicles of the Age of Chivalry
no author
ISBN: 1566491908
Welcome Rain New York, New York, U.S.A. 2000 
 Soft Cover New book, some shelf wear to cover. 320 pages, 235 colour and black and white illustrations. These contemporary accounts vividly bring the medieval period in europe to life, containing over 125,000 words of the monk chroniclers from England, France, Italy, and Germany. Their world was one of brutality, intrigue, power and pestilence.  Very Good
Price: $19.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000276  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Chronicles of the Age of Chivalry
no author
ISBN: 1566491908
Welcome Rain New York, New York, U.S.A. 2000 
 Soft Cover New book, some shelf wear to cover. 320 pages, 235 colour and black and white illustrations. These contemporary accounts vividly bring the medieval period in europe to life, containing over 125,000 words of the monk chroniclers from England, France, Italy, and Germany. Their world was one of brutality, intrigue, power and pestilence.  Very Good
Price: $19.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000274  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Chronicles of the Age of Chivalry
no author
ISBN: 1566491908
Welcome Rain New York, New York, U.S.A. 2000 
 Soft Cover New book, some shelf wear to cover. 320 pages, 235 colour and black and white illustrations. These contemporary accounts vividly bring the medieval period in europe to life, containing over 125,000 words of the monk chroniclers from England, France, Italy, and Germany. Their world was one of brutality, intrigue, power and pestilence.  Very Good
Price: $19.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000275  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Fornovo 1495: France's bloody fighting Retreat
Nicolle, David
ISBN: 9781855325227
Osprey Pub Co  1996 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM045. In the year 1495, Charles VIII was the youthful King of France, the most powerful state in medieval Europe. A dreamer who saw himself as the saviour of Christian Europe, he believed he could roll back the ever-spreading tide of Ottoman Turkish conquest. As a base for his crusade he was determined to seize southern Italy. In a lightning campaign he used France's modern army to sweep through Italy, his mobile field artillery train smashing into dust the tall towers of Italy's medieval castles. The Italian states rallied and at Fornovo their alliance, the League of Venice, fought Charles' army to a standstill. Contents: Origins of the Campaign, Opposing Leaders, Opposing Armies, Opposing Plans, The Campaign, The Battle of Fornovo, Aftermath, The Battlefield Today, Chronology, Wargaming Fornovo, Further Reading.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 002576  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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God's Warriors: Crusaders, Saracens and the Battle for Jerusalem
Nicholson, Helen
ISBN: 1846031435
Osprey Publishing Ltd Oxford, United Kingdom 2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 224 pages. This book tells the story of the momentous campaign that led to the Muslim capture of Jerusalem in 1187, following the disastrous Crusader defeat at Hattin, where Saladin’s troops destroyed the Christian army. These events resulted in the collapse of the kingdom of Jerusalem and sparked off the Third Crusade under Richard I. The authors take a close look at the two most intriguing warrior types involved in the conflict: the Knight Templar and the Saracen Faris. Their motivation, training and combat experiences are examined, as the authors explore what it was really like to fight in the Crusades.   As New
Price: $28.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 001355  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Gunpowder
Ponting, Clive
ISBN: 0701177527
Chatto & Windus  2005 
 Hard Cover New book, 256 pages. For many, gunpowder is associated with Guy Fawkes and the attempt to blow up parliament 400 years ago. Fewer people know that the formula for gunpowder was discovered over 1,000 years ago - in China - and by accident. Known as 'fire-drug', its origin was the alchemists search for immortality, 'the elixir of life', and it was initially a medicine, not an explosive. This fascinating book tells the story of the huge impact of gunpowder on every state and empire in the world. For 400 years the Chinese kept it to themselves, until a Mongol soldier leaked the secret to the Islamic world, where gunpowder played a crucial role in the rise of the great empires of the Ottomans and the Mughals. Even more important was the impact of gunpowder in Europe where, driven by the demands of almost constant warfare, new weapons created new states. Equally, gunpowder helped Europeans destroy Aztec and Inca empires and then go on to dominate the rest of the world. Packed with unexpected and interesting facts, and revealing its exciting, devestating and important story with global sweep and storytelling power.  As New/As New
Price: $43.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004054  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Hastings
Wright, Peter Poyntz
ISBN: 0900075791
Windrush Press  1996 
 Soft Cover New book, some shelf wear to cover. 118 pages. Contains numerous maps, illustrations, and photographs of the battle site. The book takes the reader through much inaccessible material to provide an insight into the characters of Harold and his opponent William. The author analyses the causes of the battle itself, the military strengths and weaknesses of both sides, and completes it with a blow-by-blow account of the battle itself.  Good
Price: $14.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000227  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Hastings
Wright, Peter Poyntz
ISBN: 0900075791
Windrush Press  1996 
 Soft Cover New book, some shelf wear to cover. 118 pages. Contains numerous maps, illustrations, and photographs of the battle site. The book takes the reader through much inaccessible material to provide an insight into the characters of Harold and his opponent William. The author analyses the causes of the battle itself, the military strengths and weaknesses of both sides, and completes it with a blow-by-blow account of the battle itself.  Good
Price: $14.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000073  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Hastings
Wright, Peter Poyntz
ISBN: 0900075791
Windrush Press  1996 
 Soft Cover New book, some shelf wear to cover. 118 pages. Contains numerous maps, illustrations, and photographs of the battle site. The book takes the reader through much inaccessible material to provide an insight into the characters of Harold and his opponent William. The author analyses the causes of the battle itself, the military strengths and weaknesses of both sides, and completes it with a blow-by-blow account of the battle itself.  Good
Price: $14.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000072  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Hastings
Wright, Peter Poyntz
ISBN: 0900075791
Windrush Press  1996 
 Soft Cover New book, some shelf wear to cover. 118 pages. Contains numerous maps, illustrations, and photographs of the battle site. The book takes the reader through much inaccessible material to provide an insight into the characters of Harold and his opponent William. The author analyses the causes of the battle itself, the military strengths and weaknesses of both sides, and completes it with a blow-by-blow account of the battle itself.  Good
Price: $14.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000071  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Hastings
Wright, Peter Poyntz
ISBN: 0900075791
Windrush Press  1996 
 Soft Cover New book, some shelf wear to cover. 118 pages. Contains numerous maps, illustrations, and photographs of the battle site. The book takes the reader through much inaccessible material to provide an insight into the characters of Harold and his opponent William. The author analyses the causes of the battle itself, the military strengths and weaknesses of both sides, and completes it with a blow-by-blow account of the battle itself.  Good
Price: $14.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000226  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Henry V: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of History
Cowper, Marcus
ISBN: 9781849083706
Osprey Pub Co  2010 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, CMD08. Immortalized in the plays of Shakespeare, Henry V is the most famous and celebrated of all England's medieval monarchs. His succession of victories over the French, combined with his death at an early age, has created an aura of myth around the man and commander that has endured to this day. Accompanied by the detailed maps, photographs and artwork that readers expect from an Osprey book, this title thoroughly explores Henry's command experience, tracing his development from a young prince struggling against an insurrection to his eventual triumph in Northern France. Author Marcus Cowper examines Henry's key battles and sieges, how he systematically extended English control throughout northern France and how he was perceived by his contemporaries as a military leader. This in-depth analysis extends to Henry's private motivations and aspirations, including the impetus behind some of his controversial military decisions. Learn the truths that set the Bard's stage in this engaging new title from one of Osprey's newest series.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004953  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Kalka River 1223: Genghiz Khan's Mongols invade Russia
Nicolle, David; Shpakovsky, Viacheslav
ISBN: 9781841762333
Osprey Pub Co  2001 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM098. In 1221, Genghiz, Great Khan of the Mongols, ordered an armed reconnaissance expedition into Russia commanded by Sübodei Bahadur and Jebei Noyon 'The Arrow'. The consequences for the history of Europe were incalculable. The decisive Mongol victory at Kalka River, opened up vast regions of Russia and Eastern Europe to Mongol conquest. Genghiz ordered his victorious army to return eastwards, delaying the final cataclysm by a few years. Genghiz died in 1227, but within 10 years his son Ögedei ordered a return to Russia to complete the conquest. This title details the events of the dramatic Kalka River campaign. Contents: Origins of the Campaign, Chronology, Opposing Commanders, Opposing armies, Opposing plans, Reconaissance in force, The Battle, Aftermath, bibliography, The Battlefield Today, Index.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004520  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Knights at Tournament
Gravett, Christopher; McBride, Angus
ISBN: 0850458366
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 1988 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, ELI017. Like all warrior classes throughout history medieval knights engaged in military games, partly in preparation for war and partly for pure sport. From their often brutal origins in the 10th century to the gaudy pageantry and eventual decline of the 15th and 16th centuries, tournaments were the centre of the knightly life. The image of the armoured and surcoated knight on his caparisoned charger remains the epitome of the chivalric ideal. Christopher Gravett explores the history of the tournament from its chaotic beginnings to its more formal, 'civilised' incarnation, describing the various 'events' and equipment which came into use.  As New
Price: $26.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 001247  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Manzikert 1071: The Breaking of Byzantium
Nicolle, David
ISBN: 9781780965031
Osprey Pub Co  2013 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, CAM262. On 26 August 1071 a large Byzantine army under Emperor Romanus IV met the Saljuq Turk forces of Sultan Alp Arslan near the town of Manzikert. The battle ended in a decisive defeat for the Byzantine forces, with the Byzantine emperor captured and much of his fabled Varangian guard killed. This battle is seen as the primary trigger of the Crusades, and as the moment when the power of the East Roman or Byzantine Empire was irreparably broken. The Saljuq victory opened up Anatolia to Turkish-Islamic conquest, which was eventually followed by the establishment of the Ottoman state. Nevertheless the battle itself was the culmination of a Christian Byzantine offensive, intended to strengthen the eastern frontiers of the empire and re-establish Byzantine domination over Armenia and northern Mesopotamia. Turkish Saljuq victory was in no sense inevitable and might, in fact, have come as something of a surprise to those who achieved it. It was not only the battle of Manzikert that had such profound and far-reaching consequences, many of these stemmed from the debilitating Byzantine civil war which followed and was a direct consequence of the defeat.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007241  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Medieval Mercenaries
Urban, William
ISBN: 1853676977
Greenhill Books London, United Kingdom 2006 
 Hard Cover New book, 304 pages. The Middle Ages were a turbulent and violent time, when the fate of nations was most often decided on the battlefield, and strength of arms was key to acquiring and maintaining power. Feudal oaths and local militias were more often than not incapable of providing the skilled and disciplined warriors necessary to keep the enemy at bay. It was the mercenary who stepped in to fill the ranks. In this benchmark work, William Urban explores the vital importance of the mercenary to the medieval power-broker, from the Byzantine Varangian Guard to fifteenth-century soldiers of fortune in the Baltic. Through contemporary chronicles and the most up-to-date scholarship, he presents an in-depth portrait of the mercenary across the Middle Ages. A mercenary was a professional soldier who took employment with no concern for the morals or cause of the paymaster. But within these confines we discover a surprising array of men, from the lowest-born foot soldier to the wealthiest aristocrat, the occasional clergyman, even. What united them all was a willingness, and often the desire, to fight for their supper.  As New/As New
Price: $45.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006821  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Orleans 1429: France turns the Tide
Nicolle, David
ISBN: 9781841762326
Osprey Pub Co  2001 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM094. In 1415 King Henry V of England invaded France and won an overwhelming victory at the Battle of Agincourt. Following his victory, the English conquered a large part of northern France, and by 1429 were besieging the city of Orléans. In this darkest hour, France's fortunes were transformed by the inspirational leadership of a young woman, Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc). Within four months the French had broken the siege and won a great victory at the battle of Patay over the previously invincible English. This book examines the crucial campaign which marked the turning point of the Hundred Years War. Contents: Background to the Campaign, Chronology, Opposing Commanders - French: Joan of Arc, Richemont, Dunois, La Hire, De Xantrailles, Alençon. English: Sir William Glasdale, Earl of Suffolk, Talbot, Fastolf; Opposing Armies, Opposing Plans, The Campaign: the breaking of the siege of Orléans, English relieving army defeated at Patay, Aftermath, Bibliography, The Battlefield Today, Index.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 002578  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Otterburn 1388: Bloody border Conflict
Armstrong, Peter
ISBN: 9781841769806
Osprey Pub Co  2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM164. In his Chronicles, Froissart describes Otterburn as ‘the best fought and the most severe’ battle of his time. Fought at Redesdale in Northumberland in August 1388, the battle originated from the ongoing war between the Scots and the English following Robert Bruce’s victory over the English at Bannockburn in 1314. Using all the contemporary sources, this book details the events that led up to the clash on the borders, examines the opposing armies, their weaponry and their commanders - including the Douglases on the Scots side and the Percys on the English - and gives a full account of the battle and its aftermath. Contents: Origins of the Campaign, Opposing Commanders: The Scottish Commanders and The English Commanders, Opposing Armies: The English Army and The Scottish Army, The Campaign: Opposing Plans and The Invasion, The Battle of Otterburn: Sources; The site of the Battle; The date of the Battle of Otterburn, The Aftermath: The battle of Humbleton Hill; The Battlefield Today.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 002585  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Saladin: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of History
Nicolle, David
ISBN: 9781849083171
Osprey Pub Co  2011 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 page, CMD12. This Osprey Command book looks closely at the early life, military experiences and key battlefield exploits of Al-Malik al-Nasir Yusuf Ibn Najm al-Din Ayyub Ibn Shahdi Abu'l-Muzaffar Salah al-Din - or Saladin as he is more commonly known outside the Islamic world - who is broadly regarded as the greatest hero of the Crusades, even in Europe. Most chroniclers present him as a man of outstanding virtue, courage and political skill. More recently, however, efforts have been made to portray Saladin as an ambitious, ruthless and even devious politician, and as a less brilliant commander than is normally thought. This book sets out to reveal that the truth is, as usual, somewhere in between. Contents: Introduction, The early years, The military life, Opposing commanders, The hour of destiny, Inside the mind, When war is done, A life in words, Bibliography, Index.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005084  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Strongholds of the Picts: The fortifications of Dark Age Scotland
Konstam, Angus
ISBN: 9781846036866
Osprey Pub Co  2010 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR92. When the Romans withdrew from Britain, the north of the country was ruled by the most mysterious of the ancient British races, the Picts. Much of what is known about these 'painted' warriors, comes from the remains of the fortifications that they left scattered around Scotland. Although the Picts are famous as sea raiders, they were also subjected to attacks from a number of opponents. To their south, the Romano-British reoccupied the abandoned Roman fortifications and hired Saxon mercenaries to strike against the Picts. Meanwhile, from the west a new group, the Scoti, attacked from Ireland. This book covers the fortification of the ancient Picts in all their conflicts and discusses the importance of these sites as religious centres and seats of power, while using the latest archeological evidence to help unravel the mystery of this ancient race. Contents: Introduction, Chronology, The Early Historic forts of Scotland, Dundurn and Dunadd: a tour of two great strongholds, The principles of defence, The living sites, The sites in war, Aftermath, The sites today, Further reading, Glossary, Index.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004263  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Tannenberg 1410: Disaster for the Teutonic Knights
Turnbull, Stephen
ISBN: 9781841765617
Osprey Pub Co  2003 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM122. By 1400 the long running conflict between the Order of Teutonic Knights and Poland and Lithuania was coming to a head, partly as a result of the Order’s meddling in the internal politics of its neighbours. In June 1410 King Wladislaw Jagiello of Poland invaded the Order’s territory with a powerful allied army including all the enemies of the Teutonic Knights - Poles, Lithuanians, Russians, Bohemians, Hungarians, Tartars and Cossacks. This book recounts how, when the armies clashed on the wooded, rolling hills near the small village of Tannenberg, the Teutonic Knights suffered a disastrous defeat from which their Order never recovered. Contents: Introduction, Chronology, Opposing Commanders, Opposing Armies, Opposing Plans, The Tannenberg/Grunwald Campaign, Aftermath, The Battlefield Today, Bibliography, Index.   As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 002582  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Tewkesbury 1471: The Last Yorkist Victory
Gravett, Christopher
ISBN: 9781841765143
Osprey Pub Co  2003 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM131. In this book Christopher Gravett details the climactic events of 1471 and the battle that virtually extinguished the Lancastrian cause. After the crushing Yorkist victory at Towton in 1461, King Edward IV appeared to have triumphed in England’s bloody Wars of the Roses. The Lancastrian King Henry VI was even a prisoner in the Tower of London. By 1470, however, Edward’s erstwhile ally the Earl of Warwick - The ‘Kingmaker’ - had joined the Lancastrians and a final reckoning was inevitable. Warwick perished at Barnet in April 1471, and on 4 May Edward confronted his enemies, including Edward, Prince and last hope of the House of Lancaster, at Tewkesbury.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005264  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Crusades
Nicolle, David
ISBN: 9781841761794
Osprey Publishing Ltd Oxford, United Kingdom 2001 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages. ESS001. Born amid immense suffering and bloodshed, the Kingdom of Jerusalem remained a battlefield for almost 200 years. The Crusades gave rise to the Military Orders of the Templars and Hospitallers, and were a backdrop to the careers of some of history's most famous leaders including Richard 'The Lionheart' and Saladin. On occasion the savagery of the Crusaders left their opponents reeling, creating frictions that survived for more than 700 years. At the same time, as this book lavishly illustrates, art, architecture and learning all benefited from new knowledge the Crusaders brought back from the East. Contents: Introduction; Chronology; Background to war: Christendon and Islam in the 11th century; Warring sides: Byzantines, Turks, Crusaders and Saracens; Outbreak: The First Crusade; The fighting: Crusade and jihad; Portrait of a soldier: Brothers in arms - two crusaders - two fursan; The world around war: The impact of the Crusades on the Mediterannean and beyond; Portrait of a civilian: A saint, a lady, a rabbi and a scholar; How the war ended: The rise of the Mamluks and the fall of the Crusader state; Conclusion and consequences: The failure of an idea and the rebirth of Islamic expansion.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007377  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Fall of English France 1449-53
Nicole, David
ISBN: 9781849086165
Osprey Pub Co  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM241. For the overwhelming majority of people outside the French-speaking world the Hundred Years War consisted of a sequence of major English victories, above all Crécy, Poitiers and Agincourt. The only significant victor or 'hero' on the French side was Joan of Arc, and she ended up being burned at the stake. Yet somehow the war ended in a French victory and with England's martial energies being turned against itself in the Wars of the Roses. This book is intended to provide some balance. It will describe the campaign that brought the Hundred Years War to a close, with English possessions being confined to Calais and the Channel Islands. It will also explain how the somewhat unprepossessing and unmartial King Charles VII of France succeeded where his predecessors had failed. The campaign consisted of more than battles, of course, but it was marked by two major victories - at Formigny in 1450 and at Castillon in 1453. Formigny is of special interest because it saw French cavalry defeat English archers, in effect a reversal of Crécy, Poitiers and Agincourt, and could be interpreted as one of the last 'medieval' battles. Castillon is of interest because it was a victory of gunpowder artillery in fixed positions over a traditional medieval assault by mixed infantry and cavalry, and thus could be interpreted as one of the first 'modern' battles.   As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005804  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The First Crusade, 1096-99 : Conquest of the Holy Land
Nicolle, David
ISBN: 1841765155
Osprey Pub Co London 2003 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM132. In 1095 the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I appealed to the Christian states of western Europe for help against the Turks who had swept across the Empire after the disastrous Byzantine defeat at Manzikert in 1071. This book is about the First Crusade that followed, and saw several armies of ‘armed pilgrims’ march across Europe to the Holy Land. They were unleashed on a divided and fragmented Islamic world and won a series of apparently miraculous victories, capturing the Holy City of Jerusalem itself. The success of the First Crusade was never to be repeated, however, and triggered two centuries of bitter warfare, the repercussions of which are still felt today. Contents: Background to the Campaign, Chronology, The Opposing Commanders, Opposing Forces, Opposing Plans, The Campaign, Aftermath, The Battlefields today, Further Reading, Index.  As New
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 002187  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Fourth Crusade 1202-04: The Betrayal of Byzantium
Nicolle, David
ISBN: 9781849083195
Osprey Pub Co  2011 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM237. The Fourth Crusade was the first, and most famous of the 'diverted' Crusades, which saw the Crusade diverted from its original target, Ayyubi Egypt, to attack the Christian city of Zadar in modern Croatia instead, an attack that was little more than a mercenary action to repay the Venetians for their provision of a fleet to the Crusaders. This book examines the combined action and sacking of the city of Zara, which saw the Crusaders temporarily excommunicated by the Pope. It goes on to evaluate how the influence of the Venetians prompted an attack on Constantinople, analyses the siege that followed and describes the naval assault and sacking of the city which saw the Crusaders place Count Baldwin of Flanders on the Byzantine throne.   As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005550  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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