A History of War and Weapons, 449 to 1660 by A.V.B. Norman, Don Pottinger

By A.V.B. Norman, Don Pottinger

"The topic used to be divided into 9 chronological classes, starting with the Anglo-Saxons, by way of the Normans, after which through 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 each one of those 9 chapters, the fabric is sub-divided into 4 elements focused on army association; palms and armour; strategies and approach; and, eventually, castles and cannon. every one paragraph or web page is marked by way of a suitable image to point which of: those 4 themes is being mentioned at that time, in order that the reader, if he needs, might learn a quick background of strategies from 449 to 1660 via analyzing basically the passages within the 9 chapters marked by way of the emblem "T". to aid this there are, as well as the standard desk of contents, 4 different tables of contents giving the pages for every of the 4 subject matters. The plan might sound particularly man made, however it is unusually profitable, aided, because it is, by means of the various small yet transparent illustrations in colors." from Carroll Quigley

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

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Others of round keeps, like that at Pembroke built by one of the Earls Marshal in about 1200. At the same time, what are called 'curtain-wall castles' became popular. 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.

Edward 1, with his great territorial ambitions, required an army and one that could serve for long periods. His repu- efficient 60 The Thirteenth Century tation as a leader in the civil wars of his father's reign and on his made him very popular with his co-operate with him. A trade boom Crusade, and his love of chivalry, baronage, who were willing to and the development of the department of the Royal Household called the Wardrobe as a financial department gave the King the wealth and organisation to build an efficient army.

The Assize of Arms of 1181 requires it of the knights and all freemen with goods worth ten marks or more. The coif, or hood, was almost invariably made in one with the shirt, and in order that the head could get through the neckpiece this was made to open. When no enemy was expected the coif could hang on the shoulders. On the approach of the enemy it would be put on and the neck closed by drawing across it a flap, known as the 'ventaiP, which was then secured by a lace or strap and buckle on the side of the coif.

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