Armies of Castile and Aragon 1370–1516

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Armies of Castile and Aragon depicts the fighting men whose skill and tactical flexibility made Spain into a world power at the close of the Middle Ages, carving out empires from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean. Much has been written of the men who fought in the Hundred Years' War between England and France, and the Wars of the Roses. But meanwhile, on the Iberian peninsula, the foundations of Spain's military 'Golden Age' were being laid as the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon under the Trastamara dynasty grew in power, ambition and success.

This book features spectacular full-color artwork, and rare manuscript illustrations.

Table of Contents

Introduction/ Iberian rivalries: Pedro the Cruel and Enrique II; John of Gaunt's invasion; the regency of Ferdinand I and Catherine; Granada and the Moors/ Iberian armies of the 14th–15th centuries: strategy; economy; city-states; castles, ports, and arsenals/ Tactics: infantry, cavalry, and artillery; naval warfare and logistics – Weaponry/ Alfonso V and the conquest of Naples: war with Genoa; sea combat and amphibious assaults; Milan, Sforza, and the Condottierri; tactics; artillery/ Ferdinand II and Isabella: conquests of Granada and the Caribbean/ Invasion of Italy: Gonzalo de Cordoba; a new standing army; tercio tactics; siege tactics/ Legacy: Spain and global empire/ Plate commentaries /Index

Product details

Published Apr 21 2015
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472804198
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 48 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 500
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Gerry Embleton

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