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Medieval Siege Weapons (2): Byzantium, the Islamic World & India AD 476-1526

(Osprey New Vanguard #69)

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When it came to non-gunpowder machine development, the medieval period was one of the most inventive in military history. During this era, the pre-existing military-technological traditions from the ancient worlds were brought together. Three civilisations were primarily responsible for this evolution: the Late-Roman or Byzantine Empire, the Islamic World, and latterly the ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published March 11th 2003 by Osprey Publishing
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A.L. Sowards
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Greek fire, giant crossbows, and mangonels—interesting stuff. As with the first volume (on Western Europe), this book is standard Osprey: lots of information and illustrations in a concise rather than narrative account. I found this one a little less organized than the one on Western Europe—I think because the book was organized by weapon type, so with each type of weapon, the reader it yanked around from Byzantium to India to Russia to Egypt. On the other hand, organizing it by geographic regio ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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The second volume of Osprey's New Vanguard books on medieval siege weapons is pretty much just like the first: Thompson's gouache illustrations do a good job of showing some specific examples, while the text goes through variations on terminology and tries to make sense of them.

India probably should have just been left out of the book, as most references are 'there's no evidence'. The Byzantines talked about siege machinery often enough, and Islamic writers somewhat less so, but there's very few
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it
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Perhaps calling this a "book" is a little too generous. "Pamphlet" is perhaps slightly more accurate. The information in the 'book' is generally well-balanced between Byzantium and the Islamic world, with a good focus on Greek fire and other incendiaries which comprised a larger part of the siege retinue in the east than in the west. The book says that it also covers India, but this is largely neglected, although there is a short section on northern Europe and their siegecraft. As is typical wit ...more
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Dr. David C. Nicolle (born 4 April 1944) is a British historian specialising in the military history of the Middle Ages, with a particular interest in the Middle East.

David Nicolle worked for BBC Arabic before getting his MA at SOAS, University of London. He gained a PHD at the University of Edinburgh. He lectured in World and Islamic art and architecture at Yarmouk University, Jordan. He was also

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