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Book Review: Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades 1000 – 1300
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Book Review: Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades 1000 – 1300

Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades 1000 – 1300By John FranceUCL Press, 1999Review by Dana CushingUniversity of TorontoA survey of military equipment, tactics and engagements employed under the Western European sphere of influences during the period 1000 to 1300, it is my opinion that John France’s book provides both a good summation and a positive contribution to medieval military scholarship to date.

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The King’s Mistress

The King’s MistressBy Emma CampionCrown Publishing, 2010ISBN: 978-0307589255The King’s Mistress is a story based on the life of King Edward III’s mistress, Alice Perrers. It follows her life from childhood to her first marriage, to her life at the court of King Edward and then life after Edward’s death at the mercy of a vengeful court.
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The Astronomer

The Astronomerby Lawrence GoldstonePublisher: Bloomsbury USA, April 27, 2010ISBN:9780802719867Lawrence Goldstone’s The Astronomer is set against the political and religious backdrop of sixteenth century France. It is 1534 and a tumultuous time for Catholics and Lutherans and for a society on the brink of crisis and change.
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Eadric the Grasper – Sons of Mercia vol. 1

Eadric the Grasper- Sons of Mercia vol. 1By Jayden WoodsPublisher: Create SpaceISBN:978-1452862866Release: October 5th, 2010Eadric the Grasper is a historical novel set in the beginning of the 11th century. It follows the life of Eadric, a former swineherd from Mercia who due to a chance meeting, becomes an important figure, and villain in 11th century medieval history.
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Book Review: Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades 1000 – 1300

Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades 1000 – 1300By John FranceUCL Press, 1999Review by Dana CushingUniversity of TorontoA survey of military equipment, tactics and engagements employed under the Western European sphere of influences during the period 1000 to 1300, it is my opinion that John France’s book provides both a good summation and a positive contribution to medieval military scholarship to date.
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Book Reviews: Arms, Armies and Fortifications in the Hundred Years War and The Circle of War in the Middle Ages

Arms, Armies and Fortifications in the Hundred Years WarEdited by Curry and Hughes(Boydell, 1999)The Circle of War in the Middle AgesEdited by Kagay and Villalon(Boydell, 1999)Reviewed by Dana CushingUniversity of TorontoArms, Armies and Fortifications in the Hundred Years WarThis book is a collection of essays, the result of presentations to a conference held at Oxford University in November 1991.
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Book Review: The Military Revolution Debate

The Military Revolution DebateEdited by Clifford Rogers(Westview Press, 1995)Reviewed by Dana CushingUniversity of TorontoThe idea of a ‘military revolution’ by which various medieval practises were transformed into a regular early modern institution is one much discussed among military historians. Rogers’ book sets out to address this debate by presenting the original 1955 thesis of Michael Roberts, advancing refinements of the thesis by scholars such as Geoffrey Parker as well as Rogers himself, and then providing challenges to the thesis by John A.
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