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The Medieval Siege

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  23 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
The chapter on weaponry is descriptive and there are excellent drawings as well as contemporary illustrations. Equally, the final chapter on the conduct of sieges is admirably forthright... the index is particularly good. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT In medieval warfare, the siege predominated: for every battle, there were hundreds of sieges. Yet the rich and vivid history of ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published February 17th 2008 by Boydell Press (first published 1998)
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Sieges were the dominant form of medieval warfare and this is one of the first dedicated studies of how they changed. It is fairly biased towards high and late medieval sieges.
Trevor Russell
Terrible scholarship. Uses exclusively narrative sources without any qualifications why he accepts any given account over another. Wholeheartedly believes ridiculous stories. Distorts ideas of Roman continuity as well as the general conduct of war, to create something akin to the early modern period, where everything was very well organized and thought out. Frequent hyperbole and typographical errors make it unbearable.

The only reasonable works on sieges are:
Rogers' Latin Crusades
Contamine's War
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Eric Pecile
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very strong survey of medieval siege techniques encompassing both offensive and defensive tactics. Other reviews comment on the book being shallow; I think this is to be expected in any survey history. As such, this book succeeds in its purpose of creating a general image of the medieval siege.
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Jim Bradbury (born 27 February 1937) is a British historian specialising in the military history of the Middle Ages. Bradbury lectured in history at Brunel University.
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