Following the fall of Rome, the sea is increasingly the stage upon which the human struggle of western civilisation is played out. In a world of few roads and great disorder, the sea is the medium on which power is projected and wealth sought. Yet this confused period in the history of maritime warfare has rarely been studied – it is little known and even less understood. Charles Stanton uses an innovative and involving approach to describe this fascinating but neglected facet of European medieval history. He depicts the development of maritime warfare from the end of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Renaissance, detailing the wars waged in the Mediterranean by the Byzantines, Muslims, Normans, Crusaders, the Italian maritime republics, Angevins and Aragonese as well as those fought in northern waters by the Vikings, English, French and the Hanseatic League. This pioneering study will be compelling reading for everyone interested in medieval warfare and maritime history.
MEDIEVAL MARITIME WARFARE
An excellent survey of a neglected period of Naval history, with a page count of 359 + colour plate section this is an well written up to date synthesis of what has been written on this topic in the past 1300 years or so. All of the main conflicts you would expect to find to find are included, such as the Byzantine-Muslim struggle, the key and vital role played by the “Naval connection” during the Crusades, “The Viking Onslaught” “the Norman Invasion”, and the Hundred Years War. AIso included are less well known but nevertheless important episodes, such as the Norman expansion in the central Mediterranean, the wars of the Angevines versus the Aragonese over the control of Sicily, the deadly rivalries between Pisa and Genoa and then Genoa and Venice and a very interesting chapter on the German Hanse.