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ELITE: EUROPEAN MEDIEVAL TACTICS 2: NEW INFANTRY, NEW WEAPONS 1260-1500
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ELITE: EUROPEAN MEDIEVAL TACTICS 2: NEW INFANTRY, NEW WEAPONS 1260-1500

Author: David Nicolle
Publisher: BANTAM (BDD)/RANDOM HOUSE, Sep 2012
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 1-84908-739-3

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Traces examples of the uneven process of mixed cavalry developments in medieval times - the balanced always the key to success. By the time serious hand-held firearms appeared on battlefields in large numbers in about 1500, the face of medieval warfare had been transformed. Full-color illus; 64 pgs.

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By about 1260 the steady rise of the European heavily armored mounted knight to the predominant role in most pitched battles was complete. But though he dominated the actual day of battle, he did not dominate warfare - there were plenty of vital though unglamorous tasks for which footsoldiers were still necessary, "cleaning up round the edges." With the development in the 13th century of co-operative tactics using crossbowmen and heavy spearmen, deployed together to compensate for each others' vulnerabilities, circumstance began to arise in which the charge by Muslim horse-archers, and then by European armored knights, could be defied.

Infantry were far cheaper and easier to train than knights, and potentially there were far more of them. Slowly, tactics emerged by which more numerous and more varied infantry played an increasing part in battles. The best-known examples of this "democratization of the battlefield" are the English longbowmen who won battles against French knights in the Hundred Years' War, and the massed Swiss spearmen and halberdiers who did the same in wars against the Dukes of Burgundy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David Nicolle, born in 1944, worked in the BBC's Arabic service for a number of years before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He has written numerous books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years.


 
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