|Martin J. Dougherty|
|Pages/Publication Date:||224 / 2008|
The popular image of the mounted knight dominating the battlefields of medieval Europe persists, yet the reality of warfare in this era was far more complex, as historian and former defense analyst Martin Dougherty explains in this visual history of war in the Middle Ages. In four sections, covering mounted knights, foot soldiers, missile troops, and siege weapons and engineering, Dougherty depicts the weapons, armor, equipment, fighting techniques, and tactics of the era, with more than 300 photos, line drawings, three-dimensional maps of key battles, and reproductions of art—many filling the page. Here too are illustrated step-by-step demonstrations of combat skills, including how to fire a longbow, fight with sword and buckler, attack with a lance, defend with a pole ax, and use the two-handed long sword in combat.