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 The Second Scottish Wars of Independence 1332-1363
The Second Scottish Wars of Independence 1332-1363
Author: Chris Brown
The Second Scottish Wars of Independence 1332-1363
Tempus Publishing
2002
Format: PDF
Pages: 159
Language: English
Size: 57.5 MB

The least well known of Britain's medieval wars, the Second Scottish War of Independence lasted for more than thirty years. The Scots were utterly defeated in three major battles. The nobility was destroyed at Dupplin Muir, the rank and file died in droves at Halidon Hill and at Neville's Cross, the Scottish King was captured. So how did England lose the war? The wars of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce cast a long shadow in Scottish history. The collapse and recovery of the Bruce cause in the reign of his son, David II, has not attracted much attention among historians of medieval warfare. Drawn from English and Scottish state papers and chronicle accounts, this new book is an analysis of the armies and campaigns that would develop the tactics that gave English forces the dramatic triumphs of the Hundred Years War.

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 Byzantium Confronts the West, 1180-1204
Byzantium Confronts the West, 1180-1204
Author: Charles M. Brand
Byzantium Confronts the West, 1180-1204
Harvard University Press
1968
Format: PDF
Size: 18,7 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 416
At the death of emperor Manuel I Comnenus in 1180, the Byzantine Empire appeared to be a solidly constructed state; in 1204, barely a quarter century later, Constantinople fell to the forces of the Fourth Crusade. Brand analyzes the internal and external pressures which beset Byzantium: the tyranny of Andronicus I comnenus, the incapable Angeli emperors, the pressure of Turks and Bulgarians, and especially the onslaught of the vigorous West. Attacks and threats from Normans, Frederick Barbarossa, and his son Henry VI, and eventually the Fourth Crusaders were reinforced by commercial pressure from Venice, Genoa and Pisa.

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 The Palgrave Atlas of Byzantine History
The Palgrave Atlas of Byzantine History
Author : John Haldon
: The Palgrave Atlas of Byzantine History
Palgrave Macmillan
: 2005
ISBN: 9781403917720
Pages: 256
Format : pdf
Size : 28 MB
Language : English

This historical atlas charts key aspects of the political, social and economic history of the Byzantine Empire, the dominant Mediterranean power in the fifth and sixth centuries. Surrounded by foes who posed a constant threat to its very existence, it survived because of its administration, army and the strength of its culture, of which Orthodox Christianity was a key element.
This medieval empire bridged the Christian and Islamic worlds from the late Roman period through the late Middle Ages, but by the time of its demise at the hands of the Ottomans in 1453 the Byzantine empire was a shadow of its former self, restricted essentially to the city of Constantinople, modern Istanbul.

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 Renaissance Swordsmanship
Renaissance Swordsmanship
Author: John Clements
1997
Format: pdf
Size: 10,8 Mb
Pages: 147
Language: English

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 Warfare, State And Society In The Byzantine World 565-1204
Warfare, State And Society In The Byzantine World 565-1204
Warfare, State And Society In The Byzantine World 565-1204
Author: John Haldon
Routledge
1999
Pages: 400
Language: English
Format: pdf
Size: 2.3 Mb

Warfare, State and Society in the Byzantine World is the first comprehensive study of warfare and the Byzantine world from the sixth to the twelfth century.
The book examines Byzantine attitudes to warfare, the effects of war on society and culture, and the relations between the soldiers, their leaders and society. The communications, logistics, resources and manpower capabilities of the Byzantine Empire are explored to set warfare in its geographical as well as historical context. In addition to the strategic and tactical evolution of the army, this book analyses the army in campaign and in battle, and its attitudes to violence in the context of the Byzantine Orthodox Church.
The Byzantine Empire has an enduring fascination for all those who study it, and Warfare, State and Society is a colourful study of the central importance of warfare within it.

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 Life in the Middle Ages
Life in the Middle Ages
Author: Robert Delort
Life in the Middle Ages
Phaidon Press Ltd
1974
348
Format: Pdf
Size: 16 MB
Language: English

Historian Hans-Werner Goetz presents here a comprehensive depiction of life in the earlier Middle Ages that focuses on "everyday history". According to Goetz it is nearly impossible to write a history of everyday life during the Middle Ages since the written sources of that age had entirely different purposes, never describing everyday life for its own sake.

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 Textiles and Clothing: c.1150-c.1450.
Textiles and Clothing: c.1150-c.1450.
2006
Format: PDF
Pages: 223
Size: 33.5 MB
Language: English

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 In the Footsteps of William Wallace: In Scotland and Northern England
In the Footsteps of William Wallace: In Scotland and Northern England
In the Footsteps of William Wallace: In Scotland and Northern England
Author: Alan Young & Michael J. Stead
History Press
ISBN: 978 0752456386
2010
Language: English
Pages: 104*2
Format: PDF
Size: 57,1 mb

For nearly 700 years debate has raged over the true nature of William Wallace and his role in Scotland's turbulent history. Was he the 'Braveheart' of Blind Harry's legendary account, the bold, but savage hero of the Scottish wars? Or, as some contemporary chroniclers attested, nothing but a villainous thief and vagrant fugitive? This book draws on a wide range of contemporary and modern sources to look behind the figure of legend to find Wallace's true character. These superb photographs trace Wallace's life from his modest upbringing in south-west Scotland to his remarkable victory as a 'guerilla' leader and military commander at Stirling Bridge, and to his eventual betrayal, capture and painful execution seven years later. This is an essential travel companion for a journey through the landscapes and places associated with Wallace in Scotland and Northern England, and a vibrant new insight into the reality of Scotland's most famous battlefield hero.

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 Byzantium and the Crusader States 1096-1204
Byzantium and the Crusader States 1096-1204
Author: Ralph-Johannes Lilie
Byzantium and the Crusader States 1096-1204
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198204078
1994
Format: PDF
Size: 36,6 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 360
This is the first scholarly history of the relations between Byzantium and the Crusader States of Syria and Palestine. Ralph-Johannes Lilie sets out to explore the policies and principles which shaped contacts between the Eastern Empire, the Crusader States, and the nations of Western Europe when the Crusaders came. Originally published to much acclaim in German, Byzantium and the Crusader States has been revised by the author for the English edition and presented in a lucid and scholarly translation.

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 French medieval armies 1000-1300
French medieval armies 1000-1300
French medieval armies 1000-1300 (Men-at-Arms series 231)
Osprey Publishing Ltd
1991
Format: Pdf
Size: 7 Mb
Language: English

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 Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance: Italy, France, and England
Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance: Italy, France, and England
Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance: Italy, France, and England
ABC-CLIO
Author: Anne R. Larsen, Diana Robin, Carole Levin
2007
Pages: 480
Format: pdf
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1851097722
Size: 7 mb

Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance is the first first comprehensive reference devoted exclusively to the contributions of women to European culture in the period between 1350 and 1700. It offers over 135 biographies of the extraordinary women of those times.

Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance provides vivid portraits of well known women such as Catherine of Siena, Joan of Arc, Mary Queen of Scots, and Christine de Pizan. Also included are less familiar but equally important women like Elena Lucrezia Cornaro, the first woman in Europe to earn a doctorate; the renowned Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi; and the acclaimed author of medical textbooks and midwife to a French queen, Louise Boursier.

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 They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America
They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America
Author: Ivan Van Sertima
They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America
Random House Trade Paperbacks
2003
Format: PDF
Size: 44.2 Mb
Language: English

They Came Before Columbus reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in ancient America. Examining navigation and shipbuilding; cultural analogies between Native Americans and Africans; the transportation of plants, animals, and textiles between the continents; and the diaries, journals, and oral accounts of the explorers themselves, Ivan Van Sertima builds a pyramid of evidence to support his claim of an African presence in the New World centuries before Columbus. Combining impressive scholarship with a novelist’s gift for storytelling, Van Sertima re-creates some of the most powerful scenes of human history: the launching of the great ships of Mali in 1310 (two hundred master boats and two hundred supply boats), the sea expedition of the Mandingo king in 1311, and many others. In They Came Before Columbus, we see clearly the unmistakable face and handprint of black Africans in pre-Columbian America, and their overwhelming impact on the civilizations they encountered.

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 The Crusades Biographies
The Crusades Biographies
Author: J. Sydney Jones, Marcia Merryman Means, Neil Schlager
The Crusades Biographies
UXL
2004
ISBN: 0787691771
Format: PDF
Size: 15,9 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 256
"The Crusades: Biographies" explores many key figures, such as Pope Urban II, Saladin, Pope Innocent III, Peter the Hermit, Richard I of England, Frederick I of Germany, Francis of Assisi, Stephen of Cloyes and others.

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 Warrior Cults. A history of Magical Mystical and Murderous Organizations
Warrior Cults. A history of Magical Mystical and Murderous Organizations
Author: Paul Elliott
Warrior Cults. A history of Magical Mystical and Murderous Organizations
Blandford Press
1995
Format: PDF
Pages: 216
Language: English
Size: 36.1 MB

Today's terrorists are not new. Terror, murder, and stealth have always flourished in close-knit, blindly obedient cults. In fact, the very word "assassin" has its origins in a medieval warrior cult of the Middle East, while the original Thugs were a secret band who terrorized India in the 19th century. Here is the whole gruesome history of groups that have used loyalty to commit murder and spread terror. Start with the mystery cults of ancient Greece and the secret Roman religion of Mithras with its bloody initiations. Follow the sinister Knights Templar, the Japanese Ninja and Triad clans, and the Chinese Boxer cult that led the famous uprising against the British. Each of these warrior cults had its own strict codes and rituals, yet its motivations may seem strange to modern minds. Today it's more urgent than ever to try to understand, as we attempt to protect ourselves against today's versions, made far more dangerous with the possession of biological, and even nuclear, weapons.

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 The Cambridge medieval history. Vol.3
The Cambridge medieval history. Vol.3
The Cambridge medieval history
New York Macmillan
Author: J.B. Bury
1911
Pages: 792
Format: PDF
Size: 67 mb
Language: English

I. LOUIS THE PIOUS.
II. THE CAROLINGIAN KINGDOMS (840—877)
III. THE CAROLINGIAN KINGDOMS (877—918)
IV. FRANCE, THE LAST CAROLINGIANS AND THE ACCESSION
OF HUGH CAPET (888—987)
V. FRANCfi IN THE ELEVENTH CENTURY
VI. THE KINGDOM OF BURGUNDY
VII. ITALY IN THE TENTH CENTURY
VIII. GERMANY: HENRY I AND OTTO THE GREAT
IX. GERMANY: OTTO II AND OTTO III
X. THE EMPEROR HENRY II
XI. THE EMPEROR CONRAD II
XII. THE EMPEROR HENRY HI
XIII. THE VIKINGS
XIV. THE FOUNDATION OF THE KINGDOM OF ENGLAND
XV. ENGLAND FROM a.d. 954 TO THE DEATH OF
EDWARD THE CONFESSOR
XVI. THE WESTERN CALIPHATE
XVII. THE CHURCH FROM CHARLEMAGNE TO SYLVESTER II
XVIII. FEUDALISM
XIX. LEARNING AND LITERATURE TILL THE DEATH OF BEDE
XX. LEARNING AND LITERATURE TILL POPE SYLVESTER II
XXI. BYZANTINE AND ROMANESQUE ARTS

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 Middle Ages Reference Library vol. 1- 5
Middle Ages Reference Library vol. 1- 5
Middle Ages Reference Library vol. 1- 5
Author: J.Knight
Gale Group
2001
Pages: 918
Format: PDF
Quality: Good
Language: English
Size: 24 mb

Volume 1 – Almanac
Volume 2-3 – biographies
Volume 4 - Primary Sources
Volume 5 - Cumulative Index

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 Crusading and the Crusader States
Crusading and the Crusader States
Author: Andrew Jotischky
Crusading and the Crusader States
Routledge
2013
Format: epub/pdf
Size: 10.3 Mb
Language: English

Crusading as a subject has expanded in recent years to include new fields of enquiry. This book examines how crusading historiography includes new areas and new definitions, focusing on two fundamental issues in current writing: why people went on crusades and what forms the western settlement in the Near East took.
Crusading and the Crusader States explains how the idea of holy wars came into being and why they took the form that they did – a clash between western and Islamic societies that dominated the Middle Ages.

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 World Conflicts: Asia and the Middle East
World Conflicts: Asia and the Middle East
World Conflicts: Asia and the Middle East
Author: composite authors
Salem Press
2003
Pages: 670
Language: English
Format: pdf
Size: 8.2 Mb

Asia and the Middle East examines crisis areas in the nations of the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. This set applies a broad definition to "Middle East" to encompass the predominantly Muslim nations of both the eastern Mediterranean region and North Africa. This definition corresponds closely with the U.S. State Department's definition of "Near East." The thirty-four articles in World Conflicts: Asia and the Middle East are updated versions of articles that appeared in Salem Press's World Conflicts and Confrontations. Two of the articles cover broad regions (Middle East and Asia); the rest cover individual nations. Designed to meet the needs of students, faculty, and others seeking clear explanations of and background to what has been going on in the region's many troubled countries, the set identifies the "hot spots" and offers in-depth analyses of the countries facing difficult and dangerous problems that are of vital concern to the entire world.

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 Viking Age England
Viking Age England
Author: Julian D. Richards
Viking Age England
The History Press
2013
ISBN: 0752428888
Format: PDF
Size: 5,1 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 249
This book is about the development of Anglo-Saxon England from AD 800 until the Norman Conquest. It is an introduction to the subject of the Vikings in England.
From shortly before AD 800 until the Norman Conquest, England was subject to raids from seafaring peoples from Scandinavia—the Vikings. However, they were not only raiders but also traders and settlers. Using the latest archaeological evidence, the author reassesses the Viking contribution to Late Anglo-Saxon England and examines the creation of the new mixed Anglo-Scandinavian identity.

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