By Sword and Fire - Cruelty and Atrocity in Medieval Warfare
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edieval warfare is notoriously characterised by savagery
brutality and aêts of horrific cruelty So how did a
period that was racked with uprisings, suffering
social unrest come to be known as an Age of Chivalry?
In this compelling and vivid portrait, Sean McGlynn explores
warfare in the Middle Ages and the military atrocities that
it. He reveals the barbarism of the era as not
simply a natural outburst of a violent age, but a strategic means to
achieve specific military objectives. Also explained is the rationale
that lay behind the carnage- and how it became inextricably
linked with chivalry: a code that held little meaning for ordinary
soldiers, but was used to mitigate the excesses of bloodlust
'Excellent... Unlike many books on warfare,
this book dares to say what others won't"
Vividly and wittily related, full of detail
and constantly fascinating
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