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By Sword and Fire
Sean Mcglynn

Classification : Military Studies
Pub Date : Aug 01, 2009
Imprint : Phoenix Paperbacks
Page Extent : 320
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780304366958
Price : 599

About the book

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.


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a much needed corrective to the view that chivalry definied medieval fighting>
Gory, but compelling reading>
     
Sean Mcglynn
Sean McGlynn is the author of THE INVASION OF ENGLAND 1216 (Sutton 2001) and contributed to the CASSELL ATLAS OF THE MEDIEVAL WORLD. He is a regular contributor to HISTORY TODAY, HISTORY REVIEW, ENGLI...(+)
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