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22 Feb 2021 10:54 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Lilian22 Feb 2021 9:14 a.m. PST


Helion never ceases to amaze us
for 2021 a very very very unexpected unusual and exotic topic

The Conquest of Abyssinia

In 1529, an army from the Sultanate of Adal in modern-day Somalia invaded neighbouring Ethiopia. For the next fourteen years, the conflict ravaged Ethiopia, planting the seeds of enmity and mistrust in the Horn of Africa that resonates to this day. "The Ethiopian-Adal War: Conquest of Abyssinia" brings sixteenth-century Arab, Portuguese, and Ethiopian primary source material from this conflict to contemporary readers for the first time in the English language in a single volume. Situating the conflict into the wider struggle for maritime supremacy between the Portuguese and Ottoman Empires, readers will have the chance to learn about a little-known conflict which nearly resulted in the subjugation of Christian Ethiopia at the hands of Imam Gurey, the Sultan of Adal. Included are maps of the conflict's major battles, never before seen in any publication. Colour images of the combatants and photographs of the Ethiopian landscape complete the account of this epic conflict.

THE ŌNIN WAR 1467-77
A Turning Point in Samurai History

and of course the rest of the 5 volumes on the Italian Wars

The Italian Wars Volume 2: Agnadello 1509, Ravenna 1512, Marignano 1515
The League of Cambrai was an alliance stipulated in December 1508 between the main European powers with the purpose of halting the expansion of the Republic of Venice. The war that followed was one of the major conflicts in the Italian wars: it lasted from 1508 to 1516, and saw several stages. The major States involved were the Kingdom of France, the Pontifical State, and the Republic of Venice. They were sided by the European powers of Spain, England, Scotland, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Kingdom of Hungary, other than several minor States, such as the Dukedom of Milan, the Republic of Florence, the Dukedom of Ferrara, the city of Mantua, and the Swiss cantons.
The authors describe the three phases that followed one another during the conflict, and the alternating alliances among the States involved – the League against Venice in the Battle of Agnadello; the following League against France, declared by Pope Julius II, in the Battle of Ravenna; finally, the last phase of the conflict with the alliance between Venice and France in the Battle of Marignano, also known as the Battle of the Giants.

In this volume, the structure of the armies, the weapons, the battles and their death toll are described. Chronicles, reports, and studies on the subject were compared and contrasted with one another to render a picture as true as possible to the reality of facts, highlighting the often contrasting versions of the chroniclers. Finally, military heraldry, armies' identification marks, and captains' emblems displayed on garments, harnesses, and insignias are analysed. Also in this case, documentary sources were studied and compared with the iconographical sources.

The Italian Wars Volume 3: Francis I and the Battle of Pavia 1525
In the early hours of the 24th of February 1525, under the walls of the city of Pavia, the best Imperial fought against one of the largest French armies every to have invade the Italian states. Armies led by the young Francis Ist of France and the Emperor Charles Vth fought for the coveted prize of the Duchy of Milan. By the end of the fighting, the renowned Black Legion had been wiped out and the cream of the French Heavy Cavalry had been destroyed, by the massed ranks of drilled and disciplined Spanish arquebusiers. The French King and many of his nobles were prisoner of the enemy.

Seen as one of the most significant battles in history, Pavia was to be the decisive battle of what became known as the Italian Wars, a series of conflicts that for almost thirty years raged the length of the peninsula, fought by Europe's most powerful states.

The defeat of the French Gendarmes at Pavia would signal the end of the dominance of heavy cavalry on the battlefield and the rise of the professional infantry soldier using increasingly proficient firearms in ever greater numbers.

In this third volume of the series, the events that led to the decisive battle of Pavia, from the Peace of Noyon in 1516 to the fateful day are examined. The phases of the battle have been reconstructed and described in detail, comparing the many and varied accounts, whilst the site of the battle is examined for evidence of the fighting.

The armies and troops that fought at the battle are also examined in detail, as are their leaders.

The authors also devote an important section of the book to the heraldry of the armies. Coats of Arms, heraldic devices and flags the colours used are examined and reconstructed from original images and French, Spanish, and Italian sources. The culmination of this groundbreaking research is the creation of 8 specially commissioned original colour plates depicting the clothing, equipment, flags and heraldic devices of the armies at Pavia.

already announced

in the pipeline
French Wars of Religion
80 Years War

This year will see the series develop with books on Tudor Warfare and Rebellions along with a new work on the Hungarian Army of John Hunyadi.
Looking ahead, we are currently working with new authors on several themes and are looking forward to next year when we shall be publishing on topics as varied on Warfare in Eastern Europe and the French Wars of Religion.
From Retinue to Regiment is still very much in its infancy, but I am sure will develop to become as popular as our more established series. Please keep a look out for what's happening in 2021 and beyond.

Charles Singleton Series Editor
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Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Feb 2021 1:22 a.m. PST

Consider these ordered :-)

HillervonGaertringen Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Feb 2021 2:44 a.m. PST

Hi Lilian, if yo can contact me ( email on the Helion website) I can give more up to date information.You can find me on Facebook too.

Thanks for posting about what we do

Chas Singleton
Series Editor

HillervonGaertringen Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Feb 2021 2:45 a.m. PST

Hi Lilian, if you can contact me ( email on the Helion website) I can give more up to date information.You can find me on Facebook too.

Thanks for posting about what we do

Chas Singleton
Series Editor

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2021 3:20 p.m. PST

I'm practically salivating at the prospect of some titles on the French Wars of Religion. I've been very impressed with Helion's work, both in taking the risk on some very esoteric subjects and in bringing new research to light.

I most recently enjoyed "The Commotion Time", and believe me, if you had ever told me there would be an affordable and informative military history of the Prayer Book Rebellion in the West, I'd have snorted derisively. Quite happy to be proven wrong!

Lilian07 Mar 2021 6:26 a.m. PST

thanks Charles
catalogue list 2021 updated, the French Wars of Religion scheduled for this year
French Armies of the Wars of Religion 1562–1598
while the other Eastern European Warfare title will be

In 1526, the army of the Hungarian kingdom was soundly defeated by the army of the Ottoman sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, in the battle of Mohács. In the following decades the lands that were once part of the Hungarian Crown were divided. On the eastern half of the former Hungarian kingdom a new state was born, the Principality of Transylvania. For one and a half century (1541-1691), Transylvania was a distinct state on European maps, and played an important military and strategic role in the struggle between the Ottomans and the Habsburgs in Central and South-East Europe.

This book follows the efforts of the Transylvanian rulers to organize and to defend their new state, during its first seven decades of existence (1541-1613). The army at their disposal inherited an essentially medieval structure that reflected the social composition of the region. The bulk of the army consisted of the so called `county flags` (noble levies and conscripted peasants from their estates), the Székely levies (troops recruited in the districts of South-East Transylvania) and the troops supplied by the Saxon districts from the highly urbanized southern parts of Transylvania. In addition, the Transylvanian army also had several groups of professional soldiers that performed permanent or semi-permanent military service: the court guard (aule milites), the garrisons of the main fortifications concentrated on the western frontier of the principality and other groups that performed military service in exchange for tax exemptions like the riflemen (pixidari, pușcași, puskások) and the guardsmen (darabontok, darabanți).

The last chapter of the book is focused on the main military campaigns in which the Transylvanian army was involved (the expedition of Giovanni Battista Castaldo in Transylvania and the Banat region 1551-1553, the „Fortress War" period 1552-1571, the Long Turkish War 1591-1606, etc.), with extensive descriptions of some of the most important pitched battles and sieges.

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