War 8th-15th Century

Weapon 43 The Composite Bow. pb

  • The Composite Bow. Weapon 43
  • Author: Mike Loades; Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Pb., 2016

Campaign 297. The Gempei War 1180–85. The Great Samurai Civil War. Paperback

  • The Gempei War 1180–85. The Great Samurai Civil War. Campaign 297.
  • Author: Stephen Turnbull
  • Illustrator: Giuseppe Rava
  • Pb.

Asbridge: The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land. Paperback

  • The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land.
  • Michael Asbridge 2010
  • Paperback, 784 pages, 198 x 129 mm
  • Mixing pulsing narrative and piercing insight, it exposes the full horror, passion and barbaric grandeur of the crusading era. One of the world's foremost authorities on the subject, Thomas Asbridge offers a vivid and penetrating history of the crusades, setting a new standard for modern scholarship. Drawing upon painstaking original research and an intimate knowledge of the Near East, he uncovers what drove Muslims and Christians alike to embrace the ideals of jihad and crusade, revealing how these holy wars reshaped the medieval world and why they continue to echo in human memory to this day.

Asbridge: The First Crusade. A New History. Pb

  • The First Crusade.  A New History.
  • Thomas Asbridge
  • New edition, 2005. Paperback, 432 pages, Illustrations, 199 x 130 mm

Battle Orders 36 Turnbull: Samurai Armies 1467–1649. Paperback

  • Samurai Armies 1467–1649. Paperback. Battle Orders 36 (other cover)
  • Author: Stephen Turnbull
  • 96 pages. December 2008. The Sengoku The Jidai, 'Age of Warring States', is the age of the samurai - the military aristocracy of Japan. This title will examine the complicated nature of family and clan that governed so much of the initial organization of the armies, how this changed over the period and how battlefield tactics developed over a series of major encounters such as Nagashino and Sekigahara

Campaign 009 Agincourt 1415. Triumph against the Odds. 9781855321328

  • Agincourt 1415. Triumph against the Odds
  • by Matthew Bennett
  • 96 pages. Agincourt is one of the most evocative names in English military history. Henry V's forces were tired, hungry, and faced a French army three to six times more numerous. However, they possessed several advantages, and English success resulted from the combination of heavily armoured men-at-arms with troops armed with the infamous longbow - the havoc this weapon wreaked was crucial.

Campaign 013 Hastings 1066. The Fall of Saxon England. Revised edition. 9781841761336

  • Hastings 1066. The Fall of Saxon England. Revised edition
  • Christopher Gravett
  • 96 pages. Fought on 14th October 1066 between Duke William of Normandy and Harold Godwinson, king of England, the outcome irrevocably changed the course of English history.

Campaign 019 Nicolle: Hattin 1187. Saladin's Greatest Victory. 9781855322844

  • Hattin 1187. Saladin's Greatest Victory
  • David Nicolle
  • 96 pages. This volume tells the story of those momentous months - the campaign leading to the Muslim capture of Jerusalem after the disastrous Crusader defeat at Hattin where, in a two day running battle on the waterless plateau between Saffuriya and Tiberias, beneath a burning sun, Saladin's troops destroyed the Christian army.

Campaign 040 Bryant: Sekigahara 1600. The Final Struggle for Power. 9781855323957

  • Sekigahara 1600. The Final Struggle for Power
  • by Anthony J Bryant
  • Fought against the ritualised and colourful backdrop of Samurai life, it was the culmination of a long-standing power struggle between Tokugawa Ieyasu and Hashiba Hideyoshi, two of the most powerful men in Japan. Armies of the two sides met on the plain of Sekigahara on 21 October 1600, in thick fog and deep mud. By the end of the day 40,000 heads had been taken and Ieyasu was master of Japan

Campaign 043 Nicolle: Fornovo 1495. France's Bloody Fighting Retreat. 9781855325227

  • Fornovo 1495. France's Bloody Fighting Retreat
  • David Nicolle
  • As a base for his crusade he was determined to seize southern Italy. In a lightning campaign he used France's modern army to sweep through Italy, his mobile field artillery train smashing into dust the tall towers of Italy's medieval castles. The Italian states rallied and at Fornovo their alliance, the League of Venice, fought Charles' army to a standstill.

Campaign 046 Nicolle: Lake Peipus 1242. Battle of the Ice. 9781855325531

  • Lake Peipus 1242. Battle of the Ice
  • David Nicolle
  • This battle, although little-known in the west, was important in the history of the medieval eastern crusades, the Teutonic defeat having a serious effect on future events.

Campaign 050 Pickles: Malta 1565. Last Battle of the Crusades. 9781855326033

  • Malta 1565. Last Battle of the Crusades
  • Author: Tim Pickles. Illustrator: Christa Hook
  • 96 pages. The epic siege of the island fortress of the Knights Hospitaller by the huge Turkish Army of the Emperor Suliman is one of the most compelling stories in the history of the western world. The Turks amassed an army of 30,000 men, which doubled as the siege dragged on. The knights facing them totalled 500, along with 4,000 Maltese levies and 4,500 other troops.

Campaign 053 Nicolle: Granada 1492. The Twilight of Moorish Spain. 9781855327405

  • Granada 1492. The Twilight of Moorish Spain. Campaign 053
  • David Nicolle
  • 96 pages, illustrated. By 1481 Granada was the last Islamic enclave in Catholic Spain. Granada's last ruler, Muhammad XII 'Boadbil', faced the might of the Spanish royal army revitalised and lavishly equipped with modern artillery. Despite this mismatch of strength it took 11 years of hard campaigning before the Spanish troops could bring their guns to bear on the walls of Granada.

Campaign 064 Nicolle: Nicopolis 1396. The Last Crusade. 9781855329188

  • Nicopolis 1396. The Last Crusade
  • David Nicolle
  • In 1391 the Ottoman ruler Sultan Bayazid I 'The Lightning' besieged the city. Pope Boniface IX preached a crusade and a French-led army of 10,000 marched east. At Nicopolis they met the Ottoman army in battle. Ignoring the advice of their Hungarian and Transylvanian allies the Crusaders charged the Turks and were in turn smashed by the Ottoman heavy cavalry.

Campaign 066 Gravett: Bosworth 1485: Last Charge of the Plantagenets.

  • Bosworth 1485: Last Charge of the Plantagenets
  • Christopher Gravett. Colour artwork by Graham Turner
  • Since his death in battle against Henry Tudor argument has raged around the figure central to the story, the controversial King Richard III. Christopher Gravett cuts through the myth and propaganda to detail the course of this pivotal campaign. With index and Historic site visitor information

Campaign 071 Nicolle: Crécy 1346: Triumph of the Longbow.

  • Crécy 1346: Triumph of the Longbow
  • David Nicolle
  • It pitted the French army, then considered the best in Europe, and their miscellaneous allies against the English under King Edward III and the ‘Black Prince’, who as yet had no great military reputation; this was the battle where he ‘won his spurs’. The Genoese crossbowmen were outshot by the English longbows and the pattern was set for the rest of the day: the French cavalry were committed piecemeal in fruitless charges against strong English positions, losing perhaps 10,000 men in the course of the fighting.

Campaign 078 Nicolle: Constantinople 1453. The End of Byzantium 9781841760919

  • Constantinople 1453. The End of Byzantium
  • by David Nicolle
  • This title details the epic four-month siege of the city of Constantinople, last vestige of the once mighty Roman and Byzantine Empires. Mehmet 'The Conqueror' led an army of 80,000 men with a massive siege train against the city. Defending were a mere 10,000 men under the Emperor Constantine XI. The Turkish artillery battered the ancient city walls mercilessly, levelling a large section. A gallant defence held off the massive Turkish assault for several hours.

Campaign 094 Orleans 1429. France turns the tide,

  • Orléans 1429. France turns the tide. Campaign 94.
  • Author: David Nicolle. Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Pb. 96 pages. In 1415 King Henry V of England invaded France and won an overwhelming victory at the Battle of Agincourt. Following his victory, the English conquered a large part of northern France, and by 1429 were besieging the city of Orléans. In this darkest hour, France's fortunes were transformed by the inspirational leadership of a young woman, Jeanne d'Arc  Joan of Arc . Within four months the French had broken the siege

Campaign 098 Kalka River 1223: Genghiz Khan's Mongols invade Russia. pb

  • Kalka River 1223: Genghiz Khan's Mongols invade Russia. Campaign 98.
  • by David Nicolle
  • Pb. 96 pages. In 1221, Genghiz, Great Khan of the Mongols, ordered an armed reconnaissance expedition into Russia commanded by Sübodei Bahadur and Jebei Noyon 'The Arrow'. The decisive Mongol victory at Kalka River, opened up vast regions of Russia and Eastern Europe to Mongol conquest. Genghiz ordered his victorious army to return eastwards. Genghiz died in 1227, but within 10 years his son Ögedei ordered a return to Russia to complete the conquest

Campaign 102 Armstrong: Bannockburn 1314: Robert Bruce's great victory. 9781855326095

  • Bannockburn 1314:  Robert Bruce's great victory
  • Author: Peter Armstrong. Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Bannockburn was the climax of the career of King Robert the Bruce. In 1307 King Edward I of England died and his son, Edward II, was not from the same mould. Idle and apathetic, he allowed the Scots the chance to recover from the grievous punishment inflicted upon them. By 1314 Bruce had captured every major English-held castle bar Stirling and Edward II took an army north to subdue the Scots. The battle of Bannockburn that finally won Scotland her independence.

Campaign 117 Armstrong: Stirling Bridge and Falkirk 1297-98. 9781841765105

  • Stirling Bridge and Falkirk 1297-98
  • Author: Peter Armstrong. Illustrator: Angus McBride
  • The death of the last of the Scottish royal house of Canmore in 1290 triggered a succession crisis. Edward gathered an army, marched north and at Falkirk on 22 July 1298 he brought Wallace’s army to battle. Amid accusations of treachery, Wallace’s spearmen were slaughtered by Edward’s longbowmen, then charged by the English cavalry and almost annihilated. In 1305 Wallace was captured and executed

Campaign 120 Gravett: Towton 1461: England's Bloodiest Battle. 9781841765136

  • Towton 1461: England's Bloodiest Battle
  • Author: Christopher Gravett. Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Christopher Gravett examines the campaign that marked the resurgence of the Yorkist cause and established Edward IV as king

Campaign 122 Turnbull: Tannenberg 1410: Disaster for the Teutonic Knights. 9781841765617

  • Tannenberg 1410: Disaster for the Teutonic Knights
  • by Stephen Turnbull, illustrated by Richard Hook
  • By 1400 the long running conflict between the Order of Teutonic Knights and Poland and Lithuania was coming to a head, partly as a result of the Order’s meddling in the internal politics of its neighbours. In June 1410 King Wladislaw Jagiello of Poland invaded the Order’s territory with all the enemies of the Teutonic Knights – Poles, Lithuanians, Russians, Bohemians, Hungarians, Tartars and Cossacks.

Campaign 131 Gravett: Tewkesbury 1471: The last Yorkist victory. Paperback. 9781841765143

  • Tewkesbury 1471: The last Yorkist victory
  • Christopher Gravett
  • In this book Christopher Gravett details the climactic events of 1471 and the battle that virtually extinguished the Lancastrian cause. After the crushing Yorkist victory at Towton in 1461, King Edward IV appeared to have triumphed in England’s bloody Wars of the Roses. The Lancastrian King Henry VI was even a prisoner in the Tower of London.

Campaign 132 Nicolle: The First Crusade 1096 - 99. Conquest of the Holy Land. 9781841765150

  • First Crusade 1096 - 99. Conquest of the Holy Land. Campaign 132
  • Author: David Nicolle. Illustrator: Christa Hook
  • In 1095 the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I appealed to the Christian states of western Europe for help against the Turks who had swept across the Empire after the disastrous Byzantine defeat at Manzikert in 1071. This book is about the First Crusade that followed

Campaign 138 Nicolle: Poitiers 1356. The capture of a king

  • Poitiers 1356. The capture of a king
  • Author: David Nicolle. Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • 2004. In this volume, Dr David Nicolle details a campaign that enhanced the reputation of the Black Prince and led King John to catastrophe

Campaign 154 Nicolle: Acre 1291: Bloody sunset of the Crusader states. 9781841768625

  • Acre 1291: Bloody sunset of the Crusader states
  • Author: David Nicolle. Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • 2005. This book depicts the dramatic collapse of this great fortress, whose demise marked the end of the Crusades in the Holy Land.

Campaign 161 Nicolle: The Third Crusade 1191. Richard the Lionheart, Saladin and the struggle for Jerusalem. 9781841768687

  • Third Crusade 1191. Richard the Lionheart, Saladin and the struggle for Jerusalem
  • David Nicolle. Illustrator: Christa Hook
  • 2005. The clash between King Richard I ‘The Lionheart’ of England and Saladin has become legendary. Throughout the ages, military enthusiasts have been fascinated by the strategy of the resolute, heavily armed Anglo-Saxon army versus their more lightly armed opponents.

Campaign 164: Armstrong: Otterburn 1388. Bloody border conflict. 9781841769806

  • Otterburn 1388. Bloody border conflict.
  • Author: Peter Armstrong. Illustrator: Stephen Walsh
  • 2006. Using all the contemporary sources, this book details the events that led up to the clash on the borders, examines the opposing armies, their weaponry and their commanders and gives a full account of the battle and its aftermath

Campaign 204 The Second Crusade 1148. Disaster outside Damascus. Paperback

  • Second Crusade 1148. Disaster outside Damascus. Paperback. Campaign 204
  • Author: David Nicolle. Illustrator: Christa Hook
  • 2009; 96 pages; This battle shook the Crusaders’ belief in their military supremacy, and revived the Islamic states, marking a crucial turning point in the history of the Crusades.

Campaign 217 The Mongol Invasions of Japan 1274 and 1281. Paperback

  • Mongol Invasions of Japan 1274 and 1281. Campaign 217
  • Author: Stephen Turnbull. Illustrator: Richard Hook. January 2010; 96 pages; From his seat in Xanadu Kubla Khan had long plotted an invasion of Japan. However, it was only with the acquisition of Korea, that the Khan gained the maritime resources necessary for such a major amphibious operation. Written by expert Stephen Turnbull, this book tells the story of the two Mongol invasions of Japan against the noble Samurai. Using detailed maps, illustrations, and newly commissioned artwork, Turnbull charts the history of these great campaigns

Campaign 237 The Fourth Crusade 1202-04. The betrayal of Byzantium. Pb

  • The Fourth Crusade 1202-04. The betrayal of Byzantium. Campaign 237
  • Author: David Nicolle Illustrator: Christa Hook
  • Paperback; August 2011; 96 pages
  • The Fourth Crusade was the first, and most famous of the ‘diverted’ Crusades, which saw the Crusade diverted from its original target, Ayyubi Egypt, to attack the Christian city of Zadar in modern Croatia instead, an attack that was little more than a mercenary action to repay the Venetians for their provision of a fleet to the Crusaders. This book examines the combined action and sacking of the city of Zara, which saw the Crusaders temporarily excommunicated by the Pope. It goes on to evaluate how the influence of the Venetians prompted an attack on Constantinople, analyses the siege that followed and describes the naval assault and sacking of the city which saw the Crusaders place Count Baldwin of Flanders on the Byzantine throne.

Campaign 241 The Fall of English France 1449-53. Pb

  • The Fall of English France 1449-53. Campaign 241
  • Author: David Nicolle Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Paperback; February 2012; 96 pages.

Campaign 262 Manzikert 1071. The breaking of Byzantium. Pb

  • Manzikert 1071. The breaking of Byzantium. Campaign 262
  • Author: David Nicolle; Illustrator: Christa Hook
  • Paperback; August 2013; 96 pages

Campaign 271 The Conquest of Saxony AD 782–785 .Charlemagne's defeat of Widukind of Westphalia. Pb

  • The Conquest of Saxony AD 782–785. Charlemagne's defeat of Widukind of Westphalia. Campaign 271
  • Author: David Nicolle; Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Paperback; August 2014; 96 pages

Campaign 285. Lewes and Evesham 1264–65. pb

  • Lewes and Evesham 1264–65. Simon de Montfort and the Barons' War. Campaign 285.
  • Author: Richard Brooks; Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Pb. Number of Pages: 96

Chase: Firearms : A Global History to 1700. pb

  • Firearms. A Global History to 1700.
  • K. Chase
  • Paperback, 310 pages, 1 line diagram 9 half-tones 5 maps, 228 x 152 mm.

Chase: Firearms. A Global History to 1700. Hardcover

  • Firearms. A Global History to 1700. Hardcover
  • Kenneth Chase
  • 308 pages, line diagram, 9 half-tones, 5 maps. 2003. It asks why it was the Europeans who perfected firearms when it was the Chinese who had invented them, but it answers this question by looking at how firearms were used throughout the world. Early firearms were restricted to infantry and siege warfare, limiting their use outside of Europe and Japan. Steppe and desert nomads imposed a different style of warfare on the Middle East, India, and China.

Christiansen: The Northern Crusades. Pb

  • The Northern Crusades.
  • Christiansen, Eric
  • Paperback, 320 pages, maps, 198 x 129 mm. The 'Northern Crusades', inspired by the Pope's call for a Holy War, are less celebrated than those in the Middle East, but they were also more successful: vast new territories became and remain Christian, such as Finland, Estonia and Prussia. Newly revised in the light of the recent developments in Baltic and Northern medieval research, this authoritative overview provides a balanced and compelling account of a tumultuous era.

Combat 16. Templar Knight vs Mamluk Warrior. 1218–50. pb

  • Templar Knight vs Mamluk Warrior. 1218–50. Combat 16.
  • Author: David Campbell; Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
  • Pb. 80 pages. Step into the violent world of the 13th century, where the European states of the Levant battled with Muslim powers for control of Jerusalem. At the cutting edge of the conflict were the elite fighting men of the Crusader and Egyptian armies - the Knights Templar and Mamluk warriors, respectively. The Knights Templar were the most famous and formidable of all the Western Christian military orders, whilst the Mamluks were a slave caste whose fighting prowess had elevated them to the point of holding real political clout, threatening their Ayyubid masters who relied on them so desperately for military success. This book draws on the latest research to tell the story of three key engagements from the Fifth Crusade to the Seventh Crusade. It reveals the extraordinary ferocity with which these holy wars were fought, and how the combats between Knights Templar and Mamluk warriors came to shape the political future of the region.

Command 008 Henry V. Paperback

  • Henry V. Command 8
  • Author: Marcus Cowper , Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Paperback; September 2010; 64 pages
  • Immortalised in the plays of Shakespeare, Henry V is the most famous and celebrated of all England’s medieval monarchs. Although his most famous battles and conquests took place in France, Henry, as was common amongst medieval aristocracy, was introduced to battle at an early age when he fought with his father, Henry IV, at the battle of Shrewsbury in 1403. On his accession to the throne, Henry turned his attention towards foreign affairs and the English position in France. This title will examine Henry’s key battles and sieges, how he systematically extended English control throughout northern France and how he was perceived by his contemporaries as a military leader. It will also deal with his controversial military decisions, such as the slaughter of the French prisoners at Agincourt.

Command 012 Saladin. Pb

  • Saladin. Command 12
  • Author: David Nicolle Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Paperback; April 2011; 64 pages
  • This Osprey Command book looks closely at the early life, military experiences and key battlefield exploits of Al-Malik al-Nasir Yusuf Ibn Najm al-Din Ayyub Ibn Shahdi Abu’l-Muzaffar Salah al-Din – or Saladin

Crosby: Throwing Fire. Projectile Technology Through History. Hardcover

  • Throwing Fire. Projectile Technology Through History. Hardcover
  • Alfred W. Crosby
  • 218 pages, 8 line diagrams, 9 half-tones. 2002. In historic times we invented catapults and trebuchets, and about one thousand years ago we invented gunpowder, which led to guns and rockets, enabling us to literally throw fire. Faced with possible extinction should we experience World War III, we have turned our projectile talents to space travel.

Dennis: Maurice's Strategikon: Handbook of Byzantine Military Strategy. Paperback

  • Maurice's Strategikon: Handbook of Byzantine Military Strategy.
  • George T. Dennis
  • Paperback, 208 pages, Illustrations, 152 x 229 mm. "The most important Byzantine military text...The standard translation."--Walter Kaegi, University of Chicago As a veteran campaigner, the Byzantine emperor Maurice (582-602) compiled a unique and influential handbook intended for the field commander

Duel 64. Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship.

  • Duel 64. Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship.
  • Featuring full-colour artwork and rigorous analysis from an authority on naval warfare, this enthralling book offers a glimpse of the long-lost world of war at sea in the age of Byzantium.

Duffy: Siege Warfare: The Fortress in the Early Modern World 1494-1660

  • Siege Warfare: The Fortress in the Early Modern World 1494-1660
  • by Christopher Duffy
  • 290 pages, 100 illustrations. 1996. This classic text is the first integrated survey of the phenomenon of siege warfare during its most creative period. Duffy demonstrates the implications of the fortress for questions of military organization, strategy, geography, law, architectural values, town life and symbolism and imagination

Elite 003 Heath: The Vikings

  • The Vikings. Elite 3
  • by Ian Heath
  • In this worthy addition to the Elite series, Ian Heath transports us to the time of the Vikings examining their epic journeys and the ships they made them in, their methods of warfare - the organisation of their armies and tactics employed, their appearance and equipment and the general history of these fascinating warrior-explorers. His authoritative text is backed by many fine illustrations and photographs including 12 stunning full colour plates by Angus McBride, one of the world's most respected military artists.

Elite 009 Nicolle: The Normans.

  • The Normans. Elite 9
  • Dr. David Nicolle
  • 64 pages. January 1987. Reprint. Veteran Osprey author David Nicolle describes the history, arms and armour of the remarkable Normans in this fascinating volume.

Elite 017 Gravett: Knights at Tournament

  • Knights at Tournament. Elite 17
  • Christopher Gravett
  • Like all warrior classes throughout history medieval knights engaged in military games, partly in preparation for war and partly for pure sport. From their often brutal origins in the 10th century to the gaudy pageantry and eventual decline of the 15th and 16th centuries, tournaments were the centre of the knightly life. The image of the armoured and surcoated knight on his caparisoned charger remains the epitome of the chivalric ideal. Christopher Gravett explores the history of the tournament from its chaotic beginnings to its more formal, 'civilised' incarnation, describing the various 'events' and equipment which came into use.

Elite 019 Nicolle: The Crusades

  • Crusades. Elite 19
  • Dr David Nicolle. Illustrated by Richard Hook
  • Born amid immense suffering and bloodshed the Kingdom of Jerusalem remained a battlefield for almost 200 years. The Crusades raised to campaign for it gave rise to the Military Orders of the Templars and Hopitallers as well as numerous smaller orders, and were a backdrop to the careers of some of historys most famous leaders including Richard The Lionheart and Saladin.