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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.

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