Coats of arms were at first used only by kings and princes, then by their great nobles, but by the mid-13th century arms were being used extensively by the lesser nobility, knights, and those who later came to be styled gentlemen.
This book, the first of two to examine the lifestyle, experiences, and military role of the Hospitaller knight, covers the period from the foundation of the order to the invasion of Rhodes in 1306.
In medieval Germany violence was accepted far more than in other kingdoms. Kings were recognized as guardians of order, but had limitations. Lords expected to use force to secure their rights when peaceful methods were not sufficient.
The 14th-century knight lived in a century of change, in terms of both recruitment methods and the appearance of fighting men. This book describes all aspects of the knights life, including his training and tournaments.
In the centuries following the first expeditions down the great rivers of northern Russia by Vikings, the foundations for a new state were laid. Many influences grew up first around the great cities of Kiev and Novgorod.
After disastrous defeats at the hands of the Mongols in the 13th century, the Russian principalities became vassals of the Khans for more then 200 years. At the same time, the western princes faced the German crusaders.
This book by Richard Vernier tells the tale of a poor Breton squire that rose to become the perfect knight and finally the Constable of France, who spearheaded the Re-conquest of the French provinces lost after the Battle of Poitiers.
After Saladins great victory at the Battle of Hattin in 1137, Outremer, as medieval westerners called the remaining Latin or Catholic enclaves in the eastern Mediterranean, was no longer a threat to Islam.
The Military Order of Teutonic Knights was one of the most famous Crusading Orders, the others being the Templars and the Hospitallers. The Teutonic Knights focused upon the preservation of the Crusader States in the Middle East.
The fearless, elite warriors of medieval Japan were loyal comrades and deadly foes. Whether foot soldier, samurai, or trained assassin, these men were driven by codes of honor and bound by deep allegiances of rank, family, and religion.
Having campaigned on land during their early years, the Hospitallers fought mainly at sea from the turn of the 14th century. The emphasis was now on small-scale operations, rather than the crusade that had so often come to grief.
The German rulers were forceful and powerful men, and, surrounded by potential enemies, circumstances dictated the necessity of rule by strength based on military capacity. This book details the medieval German military.
The history of Poland is a study of a people struggling to achieve nationhood in the face of internal and external enemies. Poland became a unified Christian state in AD 966 and by the 12th century a knightly class had emerged.
Lavishly illustrated with contemporary depictions and original artwork, this title examines the complex military organization, recruitment, training and weaponry of the Condottiere, a medieval mercenary group.
Throughout the 11th and 12th centuries the Norman knight was possibly the most feared warrior in Western Europe. He was descended originally from the Vikings who had settled in Northern France under their leader Rollo in or around 911.
The Templars believed they were warriors fighting on Gods behalf and developed a fearsome reputation among the neighboring Muslim rulers. This book examines the men who joined the order and why they joined it.
This second of two books about the Scandinavian military covers the period which saw both expansion in the Baltic, and long wars born of the attempt to bring Scandinavia under a single monarchy - the Union of Kalmar.
The 13th century was a time of change for knights in England. They were faced with rising costs and increasing demands on their time for local government because of their status in society, until knighthood itself was sometimes avoided.
While Scandinavias Viking Age is one of the most studied aspects of early medieval history, much less has been published about the centuries that followed. Yet the armies of Sweden, Norway and Denmark offer fascinating differences.
This book details the changes to knighthood during the Tudor reign, profiling the knights appearance, life on campaign, and experience of battle in France, Scotland, and Ireland, and also explores the concept of chivalry.
Mercenaries were common throughout most of Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries, and had been known far earlier. But nowhere did such a system of hiring, payment, and organization of mercenaries develop as it did in Italy.
This book will let you see the Renaissance Era as you never have before! The Renaissance Art Pop-Up Book takes the innovations of renaissance artists and thinkers, and renders many as ingenious pop-ups that give a new perspective.
Knight The Warrior and World of Chivalry is a comprehensive book over the age of the knights, serving to explore the myths and debates that surround these fabled warriors. The book itself is lavishly illustrated and an joy to read.
Few can truly claim to fully understand Leonardo da Vinci. With this book, you can come close, as Discovering Leonardo The Art Lovers Guide to Understanding Da Vincis Masterpieces gives greater understanding to some of his paintings.
Medieval Church and Churchyard Monuments is a book that uncovers church monuments as a source of information for anyone interested not only in church history but also in costume, armor, heraldry, sculpture and genealogy.
Written by a team of National Geographic writers, this illustrated reference contains more than just maps, as The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas is a trove of facts with detailed information about much in the medieval world.
Leonardo Da Vinci The Renaissance Man is a novel look at the life of one of historys most innovative minds. Instead of a typical view, this book shows his life like a comic, making it a great story for the young and the old.
This book examines monasticism and the different orders of monks, addressing virtually every aspect of their life in some detail. That makes this Medieval Monasteries Book a great resource for all those history buffs.
Our Collection of Best Selling Medieval Books makes a fantastic resource for reading up on various aspects of medieval warfare and fighting. These four texts offer educational and engaging information and illustrations.
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