Barbarians, Marauders, and Infidels
The Ways of Medieval Warfare
By (author) Antonio Santosuosso
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Barbarians, Marauders, and Infidels by Antonio Santosuosso
Book DescriptionBarbarians, Marauders, and Infidels examines the motives and terrors of war during the Middle Ages, the rise and fall of ethnic and religious groups, and the actions of good and evil military leaders during this violent and colorful period. In this sweeping chronicle, historical figures and major campaigns such as Charlemagne, the Magyars, and the Crusades are presented not as icons but as a living part of their times, with all their achievements and human failures. Santosuosso asserts that war, for most of the Middle Ages, was carried out for God, personal gain, and honor. Both Christians and Muslims often explained their acts of violence in war as the will of God. Besides the religious motivation, soldiers, if upper class, believed that acts of bravery were a necessary aspect of gaining honor in society. Finally, war constituted a way to make material gains in a period of chronic underemployment and low prosperity. Particular emphasis is given to massive transitions from one period to the next in the medieval era. The author explains how these changes reflected an environment where charismatic leaders, the Church, and the aristocracy played leading roles as "managers" of the art and practice of war and normally as main actors on the battlefield.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813391533
(229mm x 153mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 5-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Antonio Santosuosso
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At the close of the third century BC, the ancient world was in awe of Rome's clear political, military, and cultural hegemony. This book provides a fascinating and dramatic portrait of the Roman army from the time of its supremacy through to the melancholy collapse of Empire in the fifth century AD.
Soldiers, Citizens, and the Symbols of War, Paperback (August 1997)» View all books by Antonio Santosuosso
"In this comprehensive overview of ancient warfare, Antonio Santosuosso explores how the tactical and strategic concepts of warfare changed between the beginning of the fifth century b.c. and the middl"
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Author Biography - Antonio Santosuosso
Antonio Santosuosso is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Western Ontario and author of Storming and Heavens, and Soldiers, Citizens, and the Symbols of War. He lives in London, Ontario.
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