A History of War and Weapons, 449 to 1660 - download pdf or read online

By A.V.B. Norman, Don Pottinger

"The topic was once divided into 9 chronological classes, starting with the Anglo-Saxons, by way of the Normans, after which by way of unmarried chapters on all of the 4 centuries, twelfth to fifteenth, with the final 3 chapters on 3 half-centuries from 1500 to 1660. inside of every one of those 9 chapters, the cloth is sub-divided into 4 components eager about army association; palms and armour; strategies and procedure; and, eventually, castles and cannon. every one paragraph or web page is marked through a suitable image to point which of: those 4 subject matters is being mentioned at that time, in order that the reader, if he needs, may possibly learn a quick heritage of strategies from 449 to 1660 by way of studying simply the passages within the 9 chapters marked by way of the logo "T". to aid this there are, as well as the normal desk of contents, 4 different tables of contents giving the pages for every of the 4 themes. The plan could sound really synthetic, however it is strangely winning, aided, because it is, by way of the various small yet transparent illustrations in colors." from Carroll Quigley

Some of the guns integrated are: sword, longbow, halberd, pike, battering ram, catapult, cannon, and the brass feathered gun arrow. The ebook additionally contains vital battles, tournaments, jousts, Renaissance pageantry, the carousel (the fixed ballet), and the evolution of armor - every one vividly portrayed in phrases and pictures.

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This heraldry, a system of identification which* rated during the Middle Ages. At first birds or simple geometric shapes chosen to decorate the shield of the knight, either to identify himself to his companions and Geoffrey, Count of Anjou, from his tomb 47 The Twelfth Century followers in the turmoil of battle or in order to distinguish the tournament. would also When him in son succeeded to his estates the former his adopt the device on his father's shield. Later, a system of small differences was devised to distinguish younger sons and branches of great families.

Knighthood and chivalry became associated with gentle birth. The young man ending his period of military training was now received into the brotherhood of knighthood with fitting ceremony: the vigil in the Church, the ceremonial bath, the presentation of new and the girding of the new knight with his sword and spurs, became important parts of the ceremony, full of symbolism. Usually the young knight was struck a light blow with a sword or the hand on the shoulder or side of the neck, and some phrase, such as 'Be thou a good knight', was uttered.

These had a high surrounding wall to protect them against trebuchet shots, with projecting towers at intervals so that the whole base of the wall could be commanded by archers on the towers. At first these towers were made square, but later, in order to avoid flanking towers his contemporaries built completely the danger of mining, the part projecting outwards was made round and thus without corners. The towers broke up the wall walk, so that any attacker reaching the walk would have to fight way into a tower in order to reach the next stretch of walk or a stair down into the town or castle.

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