Medieval Military Technology, Second Edition

By Kelly DeVries and Robert Douglas Smith

© 2012

First published in 1992, Medieval Military Technology has become the definitive book in its field, garnering much praise and a large readership. This thorough update of a classic book, regarded as both an excellent overview and an important piece of scholarship, includes fully revised content, new sections on the use of horses, handguns, incendiary weapons, and siege engines, and eighteen new illustrations.

The four key organizing sections of the book still remain: arms and armor, artillery, fortifications, and warships. Throughout, the authors connect these technologies to broader themes and developments in medieval society as well as to current scholarly and curatorial controversies.

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This thorough update of a classic book includes fully revised content, new sections on the use of horses, handguns, incendiary weapons, and siege engines, and new illustrations.

Medieval Military Technology, Second Edition

By Kelly DeVries and Robert Douglas Smith

© 2012

First published in 1992, Medieval Military Technology has become the definitive book in its field, garnering much praise and a large readership. This thorough update of a classic book, regarded as both an excellent overview and an important piece of scholarship, includes fully revised content, new sections on the use of horses, handguns, incendiary weapons, and siege engines, and eighteen new illustrations.

The four key organizing sections of the book still remain: arms and armor, artillery, fortifications, and warships. Throughout, the authors connect these technologies to broader themes and developments in medieval society as well as to current scholarly and curatorial controversies.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    The first edition was pioneering and this edition is eagerly awaited by those who study military history as well as those who work on the history of medieval technology. Especially important is the integration of recent work on gunpowder weapons and siege technologies.
    Bernard S. Bachrach, University of Minnesota

    This is a full and authoritative treatment of the subject which illuminates our understanding of the medieval world and its warfare with remarkable clarity.
    John France, Swansea University

    Many sections have been substantially rewritten to reflect recent scholarship, and the book as a whole is much improved by a more precise table of contents, many new illustrations, and revised introductions and conclusion.
    Fiona Harris-Stoertz, Trent University

    Without any doubt this is the most comprehensive and best single volume on the subject...a book one should always have at hand.
    Robert C. Woosnam-Savage, Curator of European Edged Weapons, Royal Armouries

    Far more than just a second edition of DeVries's 1992 classic, this represents a complete rewrite, with significant new scholarship on almost every page. It is hard to imagine a more comprehensive, wide-ranging, and intelligent treatment of the topics covered. The updated notes and bibliography alone are worth the price of admission. Scholars, aficionados, and libraries alike will have to use DeVries and Smith or be considered hopelessly out of date.
    Bert S. Hall, University of Toronto

    Added to DeVries's compendious knowledge of medieval warfare is Smith's deep understanding of the arms and armor of the period, including how they were made and used. The result is that rare thing: a book that can be trusted in what it says about both military history and the hardware used in fighting.
    Guy Wilson, Past Master of the Armouries, Royal Armouries
  • Author Information

    Kelly DeVries is a professor in the Department of History at Loyola University, Maryland and an honorary historical consultant at the Royal Armouries, UK.


    Robert Douglas Smith is an independent museum consultant who spent 15 years as Head of Conservation with the Royal Armouries. His published works include Artillery of the Dukes of Burgundy 1363–1477 (2005, with K. DeVries), Medieval Weapons: An Illustrated History of Their Impact (2007, with K. DeVries), and Rewriting the History of Gunpowder (2010).
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction

    Part I: Arms and Armor

    Chapter 1: Arms

    The Spear/Lance
    The Axe
    The Sword
    The Dagger
    The Staff-Weapon
    The Mace
    The War Hammer
    The Sling
    The Bow
    The Crossbow

    Chapter 2: Armor

    Early Medieval Armor
    Armor in the Bayeux Tapestry
    Twelfth-Century Armor
    Shields, Helmets, and Heraldry in the Thirteenth Century
    Fourteenth-Century Body Armor
    Cloth-Covered Armor from the Battlefield of Visby
    Later Fourteenth-Century Armor Developments
    Plate Armor
    Late Medieval Infantry Armor
    Late Medieval Helmets
    Late Medieval Shields and Barding

    Chapter 3: The Stirrup, Mounted Shock Combat, Chivalry, and Feudalism

    White's Thesis
    Criticism of White's Thesis

    Part II: Artillery

    Chapter 4: Non-Gunpowder Artillery

    Torsion Catapults
    Traction Trebuchets
    Counterweight Trebuchets
    Greek Fire

    Chapter 5: Gunpowder Artillery

    Early History of European Gunpower Weapons
    Siege, Battlefield, and Naval Applications
    Types and Manufacturing of Gunpowder, Gunpowder Weapons, and Projectiles
    Societal Impacts and Administrative Changes

    Chapter 6: Siege Machines

    Ladders
    Siege Towers
    Battering Rams and Mining Devices

    Part III: Fortifications

    Chapter 7: Early Medieval Fortifications

    Late Roman and Barbarian
    Carolingian
    The Viking Invasions and Reactions

    Chapter 8: The Motte-and-Bailey Castle

    The Influence of William the Conqueror
    Construction Techniques

    Chapter 9: Stone Castles

    The Origin of Stone Castles
    Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Stone Castles
    Crusader Castles
    The Golden Age of Castle Construction
    Edward I's Castles in Wales

    Chapter 10: Urban Fortifications and Fortified Residences

    Fortified Residences
    Town Walls
    The Influence of Gunpowder Weapons

    Part IV: Warships

    Chapter 11: Early Medieval Warships

    Late Roman and Early Medieval Ships
    Viking Ships
    William the Conqueror’s Fleet

    Chapter 12: High and Late Medieval Warships

    Crusader Ships
    Thirteenth-Century Ships
    Technological Innovations
    Later Medieval Ships

    Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index

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