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About 120 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Medieval Military”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Warfare in Feudal Europe 730-1200, Warfare in the Middle Ages, Castles, Rethinking Chivalry and Courtly Love, Crown and Nobility: England 1272-1461, Sword Fighting: a manual for actors & directors, Going to War in Viking Times, Battlefield: decisive conflicts in history, Warrior: a visual history of the fighting man, Knight: the warrior and world of Chivalry, The Pursuit of Power, Arms and Uniforms: the age of chivalry, Mercenaries at War 1550-1789, The Art of War in the Middle Ages, God’s Battalions: the case for the Crusades, Chaucer’s World, Samurai: an illustrated history, When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World, Agincourt: Henry V and the battle that made England, many more books about Medieval Military History.
More than 400 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Crusades”. Some books: Arab Historians of the Crusades, The Crusades through Arab Eyes, The Atlas of the Crusades, A New History of the Crusades, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Crusades, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades, King Richard the Lionhearted and the Crusades, The Story of the Crusades, The Damascus Chronicle of the Crusades, The Knights Templar and the Crusades, The Byzantine Empire on the Eve of the Crusades, many more books on the Crusades.
Archer, T. A. & C. L. Kingsford
Putnam’s Sons 1895 Dewey Dec. 940.1
Contents: Introduction – Peter the Hermit and Urban the Pope – The First Crusade -The muster and the march to Antioch – The First Crusade -The first fruits of conquest: Edessa and Antioch – The First Crusade -the capture of the Holy City – Godfrey de Bouillon – The land and its organization – The conquest of the land- Baldwin I – The conquest of the land-the Franks in Northern Syria – The conquest of the land- Baldwin II – The Military orders – The Kingdom at its Zenith- Fulk of Anjou – Zangi and the Fall of Edessa – The Second Crusade – Loss and gain – The rival kings – Nur-ed-din and Amalric – The rise of Saladin – The fall of Jerusalem – The life of the people – The Third Crusade – the gathering of the host – The Third Crusade – The siege of Acre – The Third Crusade – the campaigns of Richard – Arms, Armour, and armaments – The kingdom of Acre – the struggle for recovery – The Crusades of St. Louis and Edward I – The Kingdom of Acre – its decay and destruction – The close of the crusades – Conclusion
Blackwell 1996 Dewey Dec. 940.1
“Covering the ten centuries following the fall of Rome, War in the Middle Ages engages all aspects of its subject, including the military customs and conditions of the various Western European states; armor and weaponry recruitment; and rules of combat developed to limit bloodshed. Philippe Contamine writes with an awareness that, in both theory and fact, medieval warfare was constantly evolving. He opens with a chapter on Roman military disintegration and the practice of warfare in the barbarian kingdoms erected on the empire’s ruins. He then shows how feudalization multiplied conflicts, and describes the resulting growth of the “great stone civilization” of the castle. In the area of military method, he emphasizes three innovations: gunpowder, standing armies and the increased use of infantry, supplying in each case a wealth of data and documentation… Ever mindful of the chaos and devastation that war brings, War in the Middle Ages nonetheless offers a clear and consistent picture of the military ethos of a millennium.” -Publisher
Viking 1989 Dewey Dec. 940.1
Military historian John Keegan’s groundbreaking analysis of combat and warfare
The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the “point of maximum danger.” Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions, John Keegan has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles representative of three different time periods, he manages to convey what the experience of combat meant for the participants, whether they were facing the arrow cloud at the battle of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme.
“This, without any doubt, is one of the half-dozen best books on warfare to appear in the English language since the end of the Second World War” -Michael Howard, Sunday Times (London).
“The ‘Illustrated Face of Battle’ is military history straight the battlefield’ a look at the direct experience of individuals at ‘the point of maximum danger.” .. John Keegan has written the definitive model for three famous battles: Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme… This magnificent illustrated edition contains a new introduction by the author and is superbly designed and produced.” – Publisher
Keen, Maurice, ed.
Oxford University 1999 Dewey Dec. 940.1
“This richly illustrated book explores over seven hundred years of European warfare, from the time of Charlemagne to the end of the middle ages (c.1500). The period covered has a distinctive character in military history. It was an age when organization for war was integral to social structure, when the secular aristocrat was by necessity also a warrior, and whose culture was profoundly influenced by martial ideas. Twelve scholars, experts in their own fields, have contributed to this finely illustrated book. It is divided into two parts … In both parts of the book, the overall aim has been to offer the general reader an impression, not just of the where and the when of great confrontations, but above all of the social experience of warfare in the middle ages, and of the impact of its demands on human resources and human endurance.” Publisher
Contents: Carolingian and Ottonian warfare / Timothy Reuter — Vikings / H.B. Clarke — Age of expansion, c. 1020-1204 / John Gillingham — Warfare in the Latin East / Peter Edbury — European warfare, c. 1200-1320 / Norman Housley — Age of the Hundred Years War / Clifford J. Rogers — Fortifications and sieges in Western Europe, c. 800-1450 / Richard L.C. Jones — Arms, armour, and horses / Andrew Ayton — Mercenaries / Michael Mallett — Naval warfare after the Viking Age, c. 1100-1500 / Felipe Fernández-Armesto — War and the non-combatant in the Middle Ages / Christopher Allmand — Changing scene : guns, gunpowder, and permanent armies / Maurice Keen.
Armstrong & Son 1882 Dewey Dec. 940.1
Joseph François Michaud (1767-1839) began his career as a writer and editor of Royalist newspapers in Paris during the French Revolution. He survived a death sentence ‘in absentia’ and then a brief spell in prison in 1800, after which he set aside journalism for a number of years and began writing and editing books. He published the first volume of ‘History of the Crusades’ in 1811, and the first volume of ‘Universal Biographies’ the same year. He continued working on the Crusades history until the end of his life, while editing a newspaper and publishing other books. The complete ‘History of the Crusades’ was published in six volumes in 1840. The translated edition on this webpage is complete in three volumes. -Info from Wikipedia.
This history, which glorified the Christian war against ‘infidels’, was very influential in the nineteenth century as a stimulus for imperial expansion.
Methuen 1898 Dewey Dec. 940.1
Describes the continuity in the history of warfare, the development of tactics, the changes in equipment, methods of fortifications, and the growth of military tradition. Military affairs of central and eastern Europe are less extensively discussed than those of England and France. (Guide to Historical Lit. 1st. ed.)
Riley-Smith, Jonathan, ed.
Facts on File 1991 Dewey Dec. 940.1
“The Atlas of the Crusades chronicles Christendom’s Holy Wars, charting the entire 700-year history of the Crusades with a brilliant integration of text, illustrations, and more than 150 maps.” -Publisher
Contents: PART 1: The way of God — The First crusade, 1096-1102 — Buiding a movement — The first settlers of the latin east, 1098-1187 — War on three fronts, 1145-48 — The new knighthood — The muslim advance and christian resistance, 1150-1187 — The third crusade, 1187-1197 — PART 2: The defence of christendom — Christian expansion in Europe — The crusade as a means of control — Criticism and popular reaction — The sack of Constantinople and conquest of Greece — The home front — Crusades to North Africa, 1217-1272 — Settlers, traders and missionaries — Muslims and mongols — PART 3: Crusading and the world of chivalry — Crusading in crisis — Traditions maintained in Europe — Island and coastal settlements — New strategies, new enemies — The fall of Constantinople — PART 4: The last crusaders — Crusading in a changed world — The legacy
Yale University 1987 Dewey Dec. 940.1
A comprehensive history of the Crusades: an account of the theology of violence behind the Crusades, the major Crusades, the experience of crusading, and the crusaders themselves.
Contents: The birth of the Crusade movement: The preaching of the First Crusade — The course of the First Crusade — The holy places and the Catholic patriarchates of Jerusalem and Antioch — Settlement, government and defence of the Latin East, 1097-1187 — Crusading in adolescence, 1101-1187 — Crusading at its height, 1187-1229 — Crusading reaches maturity, 1229-1291 — The Latin East, 1192-1291 — The variety of Crusading, 1291-1523 — The old age and death of the Crusading movement, 1523-1798
Columbia University 2008 Dewey Dec. 940.1
“The Crusades were penitential war-pilgrimages fought in the Levant and the eastern Mediterranean, as well as in North Africa, Spain, Portugal, Poland, the Baltic region, Hungary, the Balkans, and Western Europe. Beginning in the eleventh century and ending as late as the eighteenth, these holy wars were waged against Muslims and other enemies of the Church, enlisting generations of laymen and laywomen to fight for the sake of Christendom… From this history, Riley-Smith traces the legacy of the Crusades into modern times, specifically within the attitudes of European imperialists and colonialists and within the beliefs of twentieth-century Muslims… Whether regarded as a valid expression of Christianity’s divine enterprise or condemned as a weapon of empire, crusading has been a powerful rhetorical tool for centuries. In order to understand the preoccupations of Islamist jihadis and the character of Western discourse on the Middle East, Riley-Smith argues, we must understand how images of crusading were formed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.” -Publisher
Contents: Crusades as Christian holy wars — Crusades as Christian penitential wars — Crusading and imperialism — Crusading and Islam.
Cambridge University 1997 Dewey Dec. 940.1
Much has been written about the crusades, but very little about the crusaders. What moved them to go? What preparations did they need to make? How did they react to their experiences? This book comes up with detailed answers to these questions, and offers the first systematic reading of a large cache of contemporary source-material. Clusters of crusaders can be identified in individual family groups, and the collective commitment of these claims manifested itself in support for the new settlements in the east.
Contents: Maps: 1 and 2 Recruitment for the First Crusade, 1095-1103 — Maps: 3 and 4 Recruitment for crusades to the East, 1106-29 — Maps: 5 The Latin East, 1128 — 1. Crusading and crusaders, 1095-1131 — 2. Holy Sepulchre; holy war — 3. Preaching and the crusaders — 4. Recruitment, lordship and family — 5. Preparing for crusades — 6. Returning from crusades — 7. Crusading and the Montlherys — App. I. Preliminary list of crusaders — App. II. Pedigrees. A. Comital Burgundy. B. The Montlhery clan. C. Some descendants of Almodis of La Marche.
Riley-Smith, Jonathan, ed.
Oxford University 2001 Dewey Dec. 940.1
In The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades, the story of the Crusades is told as never before in an engrossing, authoritative, and comprehensive history that ranges from the preaching of the First Crusade in 1095 to the legacy of the crusading ideals and imagery that continues today. Here are the ideas of apologists, propagandists, and poets about the Crusades, as well as the perceptions and motives of the crusaders themselves and the means by which they joined the movement.
The authors describe the elaborate social and civic systems that arose to support the Crusades–taxation, for example, was formalized by the Church and monarchs to raise enormous funds needed to wage war on this scale. And here are vivid descriptions of the battles themselves, frightening, disorienting, and dangerous affairs, with keen and insightful commentary on the reactions of the Muslims to a Christian holy war. Extensively illustrated with hundreds of photographs, paintings, drawings, maps, chronologies, and a guide to further reading, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades even includes coverage of crusades outside the eastern Mediterranean region and post-medieval crusades.
Contents: The crusading movement and historians / Jonathan Riley-Smith — Origins / Marcus Bull — The crusading movement, 1096-1274 / Simon Lloyd — The state of mind of crusaders to the East, 1095-1300 / Jonathan Riley-Smith — Songs / Michael Routledge — The Latin East, 1098-1291 / Jonathan Phillips — Art in the Latin East, 1098-1291 / Jaroslav Folda — Architecture in the Latin East, 1098-1571 / Denys Pringle — The military orders, 1120-1312 / Alan Forey — Islam and the Crusades, 1096-1699 / Robert Irwin — The crusading movement, 1274-1700 / Norman Housley — The Latin East, 1291-1669 / Peter Edbury — The military orders, 1312-1798 / Anthony Luttrell — Images of the Crusades in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries / Elizabeth Siberry — Revival and survival / Jonathan Riley-Smith.