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MiniPigs07 Oct 2019 7:02 a.m. PST

Are there any good FWOR books in French that go into the nuts and bolts of the campaigns, the battles, the troop types, the outfits and flags in the manner that military enthusiasts and wargamers like?

GurKhan07 Oct 2019 7:37 a.m. PST

I may already have mentioned link – which is just after the Wars of Religion, but does feature Henri IV. A good read.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2019 8:47 a.m. PST

Are there any good ones in English for those that don't speak French.

GurKhan09 Oct 2019 7:42 a.m. PST

There's Howell A. Lloyd's "The Rouen Campaign, 1590-92: Politics, Warfare and the Early Modern State" (1973). But surprisingly little on other, more important campaigns, nor on the wars in general.

There's an Osprey Essential Histories – link – but I haven't read it, no idea whether it's any good or not.

MiniPigs17 Feb 2020 12:18 p.m. PST

Not in French but curious if anyone has seen this little book and thinks it has merit for people who already have Peter Sides volumes on renaissance battles and OOBs and the Featherstone Pike and Shot wargaming book?

Lucas, Ray FRENCH WARS OF RELIGION 1562-1598, THE brief but concise guide, b/w drawings/maps, troop types, details seven battles. 1 vol, 44 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING

grafthomond15 Mar 2020 5:30 a.m. PST

Hi. You might consider the following:
La Barre Duparcq, Édouard de, L'art militaire pendant les guerres de religion (1864).
Coynart, Raymond de, L'Année 1562 et là Bataille de Dreux (1894).
Gigon, Stéphan C, La troisième guerre de religion. Jarnac-Moncontour (1568-1569) (1911).
I think the last two have been translated into English by Nafziger. There are quite a number of local histories that deal with the smaller actions of the Wars. These are usually difficult to track down, however.

grafthomond16 Mar 2020 1:01 p.m. PST

I forgot to mention, I also have a copy of Lucas' booklet. It consists of a brief summary of the war (2 pages), Notes on Troop Types (3 pages), descriptions of the battles of Druex, St Denis, Jarnac, Moncontour, Coutras, Arques and Ivry (33 pages). For each battle the author gives 3 or 4 paragraphs of wargaming notes. If you have Oman's history of Warfare in the Sixteenth Century, it probably doesn't add much. Featherstone is derived from Oman. If you don't, it might be a useful edition.

MiniPigs16 Mar 2020 3:06 p.m. PST

Thats good information. Ill see to getting Oman.

Thanks for your contribution.

Marcus Maximus14 May 2020 2:31 p.m. PST

Actually you'll find great description of three Wars of the Religion Battles in this venerable tome (OOBs, maps, and table layout as well!):

Wargaming Pike and Shot Donald Featherstone

The battles described are: Dreux 19 Dec 1562, Coutras 20 Oct 1587 and Arques 21 Sept 1589.

The Osprey Essentials is very good given the limited page count, in fact I would recommend you obtain that as a starter for ten, then get Oman. Oman book is far too expensive for such a dated account. However, it does cover a wide period.

grafthomond21 May 2020 3:34 a.m. PST

The FWoR sections of Featherstone's book are taken almost directly from Oman. They don't add anything to the history. It also misses out the largest battle of the Wars, Moncontour, as well as possibly the most interesting, Jarnac. The Osprey essential was written by Robert Knecht. He also wrote 'The French Civil Wars 1562-1598' (Routledge, 2000). This is very good for the politics, but less so for the military aspects.

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