This comprehensive volume provides easily-accessible factual material on all major areas of warfare in the medieval west. The whole geographical area of medieval Europe, including eastern Europe, is covered, including essential elements from outside Europe such as Byzantine warfare, nomadic horde invasions and the Crusades.

Progressing chronologically, the work is presented in themed, illustrated sections, with a narrative outline offering a brief introduction to the area. Within each chronological section, Jim Bradbury presents clear and informative pieces on battles, sieges, and generals.

The author examines practical topics including:

  • castle architecture, with examinations of specific castles
  • ship building techniques
  • improvements in armour
  • specific weapons
  • developments in areas such as arms and armour, fortifications, tactics and supply.

Readable and engaging, this detailed provides students with an excellent collection of archaeological information and clear discussions of controversial issues.

chapter |100 pages

PART I Generals and leaders, A–Z

part |2 pages

PART II Military events

chapter 1|10 pages

| Romans and barbarians, 400–750

chapter 8|12 pages

| The Crusades, 1095–1500

chapter 11|8 pages

| Iberia and the Reconquista, 850–1492

chapter 12|8 pages

| Renaissance Italy, 1250–1525

part |2 pages

PART III Military topics

chapter 13|12 pages

Arms of the warrior

chapter 14|12 pages

Medieval armour

chapter 15|8 pages


chapter 16|12 pages

Medieval armies

chapter 17|24 pages

Castles and siege warfare

chapter 18|6 pages

Medieval naval warfare

chapter 19|4 pages

The medieval military orders

part |2 pages

PART IV Further information