The Hussite Wars 1419–36 cover


An illustrated study of the fighting men of the Hussite Wars in 15th-century Bohemia, a significant transition point in medieval history.

In 1415, the judicial murder of the religious reformer Jan Hus sparked a major uprising in Bohemia. His death led within a few years to the 'Hussite' revolution against the monarchy, the German aristocracy and the Church establishment. In this book, Stephen Turnbull examines how the largely peasant Hussite armies successfully defied a series of international 'crusades' for two decades. He details how the Hussites owed many of their victories to the charismatic general Jan Zizka, and his novel tactical methods based on the use of 'war wagons'.

Fully illustrated with archive photography and specially commissioned colour artwork, this book investigates a remarkable episode in medieval warfare, which is remembered not only as the Czech national epic, but as an important forerunner to the wars of the Reformation the following century.

Table of Contents

The Hussite Wars
Armies of the Hussite Wars
Heavy arms & equipment of the Hussites
Bibliography and further reading
The plates

Product details

Published 18 Jan 2024
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472866370
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 8 col
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 409
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Angus McBride


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