By Sword and Fire: Cruelty And Atrocity In Medieval Warfare

By Sword and Fire: Cruelty And Atrocity In Medieval Warfare

by Sean McGlynn

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Overview

A vivid and original account of warfare in the Middle Ages and the cruelty and atrocity that accompanied it.

Sean McGlynn investigates the reality of medieval warfare. For all the talk of chivalry, medieval warfare routinely involved acts which we would consider war crimes. Lands laid waste, civilians slaughtered, prisoners massacred: this was standard fare justified by tradition and practical military necessity. It was unbelievably barbaric, but seldom uncontrolled.

Such acts of atrocity were calculated, hideous cruelties inflicted in order to achieve a specific end. Sean McGlynn examines the battles of Acre and Agincourt, sieges like Béziers, Lincoln, Jerusalem and Limoges as well as the infamous chevauchées of the Hundred Years War that devastated great swathes of France. He reveals how these grisly affairs form the origin of accepted 'rules of war', codes of conduct that are today being enforced in the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780227535
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 03/20/2014
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 956,723
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Sean McGlynn is the author of THE INVASION OF ENGLAND 1216 and contributed to THE CASSELL ATLAS OF THE MEDIEVAL WORLD. He is a regular contributor to History Today, History Review, English Historical Review and many academic journals.

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