Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades, 1000-1300
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Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
Professor France is an eminent medievalist whose earlier work includes
, a military history of the First Crusade.
, Dr. France ex-
tends his astute investigations to broader questions of medieval European military history.
Rather than presenting a narrative history, this book is thematic in its approach,
including chapters on feudal nobility (§1), weapons (§2), technology (§3), warfare and
society, authority (§4), cavalry (§5), infantry (§6), castles (§7-8), sieges (§9), armies
(§10), techniques of command (§11), campaigns (§12), battles (§13), ideologies of war-
fare (§14), and crusading warfare (§15).
His extensive notes and current bibliography
provide an invaluable resource for further study.
France’s work is written for specialists
in medieval history, and assumes a solid background in medieval studies.
As such, it may