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Special Operations in the Age of Chivalry, 1100-1550

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Alongside the familiar pitched battles, regular sieges, and large-scale manoeuvres, medieval and early modern wars also involved assassination, abduction, treason and sabotage. These undercover operations were aimed chiefly against key individuals, mostly royalty or the leaders of the opposing army, and against key fortified places, including bridges, mills and dams. ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Boydell Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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An analysis of the role of what we think of as "special ops" in Medieval warfare. That is, the use of variously sneaky and underhanded tactics to achieve military (or political) aims, without having two armies politely show up and fight each other. Of course, I say sneaky, but really this kind of thing actually usually got things done with less bloodshed, and usually only the blood of the noble jerkwads involved, so theres something to that.

Anyway, theres a thesis bit with like academic theoriz
Frodo era un SEAL?

Studio interessante, per quanto molto settoriale (le "operazioni speciali" ante-litteram). Per Operazioni Speciali si intende "un'attivta' militare operativa circoscritta nello spazio e nel tempo, gestita da un'unita' di piccole dimensioni, eppure capace di produrre risultati strategici o politici di gran lunga superiori alle risorse investite". Per carita', nulla da obiettare quanto alla definizione, estremamente rigorosa. Ma applicarla al medioevo mi sembra un po' "stiracchia
Jul 02, 2013 Deborah rated it liked it
Special operations have enjoyed a privileged place in the media and in popular culture. Particularly after the First World War destroyed much of the aura of regular combat - replacing heroic images of gleaming bayonets and brave charges with tragic images of mud, blood and barbed wire - the culture of war increasingly looked for glamour and heroism in the field of special operations.

Despite their problematic place within chivalric culture, special operations were a central part of war in the ag
Adam  McPhee
Feb 08, 2015 Adam McPhee rated it it was amazing
Harari's thesis is that special operations in the medieval world consisted of kidnapping, assassination, seizing infrastructure via stealth or trickery and the outright destruction of infrastructure. While such 'underhanded' methods were always tried and often critical in warfare, they were never developed into a system because they had a tendency to upset the order of things, especially assassination.

The six case studies are very detailed and the final chapter - on Blaise Montluc's destruction
Iván Ferreira
May 27, 2016 Iván Ferreira rated it really liked it
Bueno, ojalá tuviera más historias. Me encantó el detalle que puso el autor en estas y que el tema apenas debe haber sido tocado antes,
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Heavy on the detail, but I find Harari could have dug more outside his 15th century speciality field.
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Professor Harari was born in Haifa, Israel, to Lebanese parents in 1976. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is now a lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He specialized in World History, medieval history and military history. His current research focuses on macro-historical questions: What is the relation between history and biolo
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