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Forces of the Hanseatic League: 13th-15th Centuries

by David Nicolle & Gerry Embleton

The famous but largely unchronicled Hanseatic League (or simple "the Hanse/Hansa") was a Tuetonic German commercial and defensive federation of merchant guilds based in harbor towns along the North Sea and Baltic...


The Portuguese in the Age of Discovery 1300-1580

by David Nicolle

From humble beginnings, in the course of three centuries the Portuguese built the world's first truly global empire, stretching from modern Brazil to sub-Saharan Africa and from India to the East Indies (Indonesia)....


Manzikert 1071: The Breaking of Byzantium

by David Nicolle & Christa Hook

On 26 August 1071 a large Byzantine army under Emperor Romanus IV met the Saljuq Turk forces of Sultan Alp Arslan near the town of Manzikert to the far east of the Byzantine Empire. The battle ended in a decisive...


Crusader Castles in Cyprus, Greece and the Aegean 1191-1571

by David Nicolle & Adam Hook

Crusader castles and other fortifications in Cyprus, the south-western coast of Turkey, and Greece are among the best examples of late medieval military architecture to be seen in Europe. These important fortifications,...


Saracen Strongholds AD 630-1050: The Middle East and Central Asia

by David Nicolle & Adam Hook

The Islamic world developed its own highly sophisticated, effective and varied style of fortification. It drew upon pre-existing Romano-Byzantine, Iranian, Central Asian and Indian traditions of military architecture,...


The Italian Army of World War I

by David Nicolle & Raffaele Ruggeri

The dilemma of the young Italian kingdom and the experience of her army in World War I (1914-1918) were unique among the combatant nations. Late to enter the war against the Central Powers, she faced a massively...


European Medieval Tactics (2): New Infantry, New Weapons 1260-1500

by David Nicolle

Longbows, crossbows, heavy spears, swiss pikes, catapaults, and especially gunpowder artillery and handheld guns such as the arquebus gradually but profoundly changed European warfare.

By about 1260 the steady...


The Italian Invasion of Abyssinia 1935-36

by David Nicolle & Raffaele Ruggeri

The Second Italo–Abyssinian War began in October 1935, when Mussolini ordered the invasion of Ethiopia from Italian-held Eritrea and Somaliland, thinking that he would easily crush an ill-prepared and badly...


The Great Islamic Conquests AD 632-750

by David Nicolle

Few, if any, centuries in world history have had such a profound and long-lasting impact as the first hundred years of Islamic history. In this book, David Nicolle, a former member of the BBC's Arabic service,...


The Great Chevauchee - John of Gaunt's Raid on France 1373

by David Nicolle & Peter Dennis

In 1373, John of Gaunt set off from Calais on a great raid to strike at the heart of France. Driven by the high ideals of chivalry, the raiders left with epic pageantry. However, the reality soon overwhelmed...


Medieval Polish Armies 966-1500

by David Nicolle & Gerry Embleton

The history of Poland is a fascinating study of a people struggling to achieve nationhood in the face of internal and external enemies. Poland became a unified Christian state in AD 966 and by the 12th century...


The Fall of English France 1449-53

by David Nicolle & Graham Turner

For the overwhelming majority of people outside the French-speaking world the Hundred Years War consisted of a sequence of major English victories, above all Crécy, Poitiers and Agincourt. The only significant...


Saladin

by David Nicolle & Peter Dennis

This Osprey Command book looks closely at the early life, military experiences and key battlefield exploits of Al-Malik al-Nasir Yusuf Ibn Najm al-Din Ayyub Ibn Shahdi Abu'l-Muzaffar Salah al-Din - or Saladin...


The Fourth Crusade 1202-04: The betrayal of Byzantium

by David Nicolle & Christa Hook

The Fourth Crusade was the first and most famous of the 'diverted' crusades, that is, ones diverted from their originally intended target. It was also the first to be directed against a fellow Christian, though...