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Warspite130 Nov 2020 1:29 a.m. PST

I don't like reviewing a book before it has even been published but the latest copy of Medieval Warfare magazine has a large back page advert for a new book.

Medieval Military Combat by Tom Lewis is being published by Casemate with a projected date of May 2021.

The website says:

" A concise and entertaining explanation of how exactly close combat in battles during the Wars of the Roses was carried out
Clear analysis for the different types of soldier: bowmen, swordsmen, spearmen, and plated men-at-arms
Shows how other accounts, and popular culture such as films, have mis-represented medieval warfare

We don't know how medieval soldiers fought. Did they just walk forward in their armour, to smash each other with their maces and poleaxes, for hours on end, as depicted on film in programs such as Game of Thrones?

They could not have done so. It is impossible to fight in such a manner for more than several minutes as exhaustion becomes a preventative factor.

Indeed, we know more of how the Roman and Greek armies fought than we do of the 1300 to 1550 period.

So how did medieval soldiers in the War of the Roses, and in the infantry sections of battles such as Agincourt and Towton, carry out their grim work?

Medieval Military Combat shows, for the first time, the techniques of such battles. It also breaks new ground in establishing medieval battle numbers as highly exaggerated, and that we need to look again at the accounts of actions such as the famous Battle of Towton, which this work uses as a basic for its overall study."

Here: link

If the above is true it is the answer to a maiden's prayer but I would like to know its sources. I suspect it is based on re-enactor experience which might be useful.

List price is allegedly £25.00 GBP but it is being offered as a pre-order price of £20.00 GBP

I am interested, it would make a nice birthday present for me!


MajorB30 Nov 2020 9:14 a.m. PST

Why wait until May? You can get this book now (and it's a bit cheaper too):

Warspite101 Dec 2020 3:21 a.m. PST

I am merely repeating the blurb from the magazine AND the publisher!

And the link you have supplied is to a different book with different authors.


MajorB01 Dec 2020 7:33 a.m. PST

And the link you have supplied is to a different book with different authors.

Yes of course, I didn't say it was the same book. However, it is on a similar subject.

dapeters01 Dec 2020 9:57 a.m. PST


Warspite108 Dec 2020 2:21 p.m. PST

@Major B:
Actually you DID say it was the same book…

"You can get this book now…" is a straight quote from your reply. "This book" means the book in question.

It should have read: "You can get a similar book now…" or "You can get a different book on the same subject now…"


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