ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL SIEGE WEAPONS: A FULLY ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO SIEGE WEAPONS & TACTICS
Author: Konstantin Nossov
Publisher: GLOBE PEQUOT ( THE LYONS PRESS, FALCON), Sep 2012
A how-to guide for re-creating medieval siege weapons with clear, step-by-step instructions. Scaling ladders, battering rams, siege towers, throwing machines, bores, & agger. 300 B&W photos/illus; 7x10 inches, 304 pgs.
There is something alluring about ancient methods of warfare that have been made obsolete by this modern era of computers and machines. Before the days of tanks and machine guns, there were scaling ladders, battering rams, siege towers, throwing machines, bores, and agger. Weapons such as these symbolize power, protection, control, and defiance. ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL SIEGE WEAPONS allows readers to actually re-create their own medieval weapons with clear, step-by-step instructions.
Military history buffs can find siege weapons of Ancient Egypt, Judea, Assyria, Persia, Greece, and Rome, as well as those of the Gauls and Teutons, the Byzantine Empire, the Muslim World, and Medieval Europe, all described with incredible detail and accompanied by illustrations and photographs. Konstantin Nossov offers new ways to reconstruct various siege weapons that are based on his analyses of the works of ancient and medieval authors, including: Vitruvius, Vegetius, Apollodorus, Athenaeus, Heron, Biton, Philon, and many others.
With chapters covering the history of siege warfare, siege weapons, different strategems and methods of attack and defense, readers will not only walk away with ideas of how to re-create siege weapons, they?ll also take with them a better understanding of history from ancient times through the end of the 15th century AD.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
KONSTANTIN NOSSOV received his PhD from the Moscow State University in Russia. He is an adviser on arms, armor, and warfare, and he is the author of numerous books and articles on ancient and medieval military history. He has traveled extensively in Europe, North Africa, Asia Minor, and the Far East.