Medieval Generals The History, Strategies, and Lives of the Greatest Commanders of the Middle Ages By Sean McGlynn
A detailed history of some of history’s greatest military leaders.

William the Conqueror, Frederick Barbarossa, Richard the Lionheart, John Hawkwood, Tamerlane, Henry V—what did these world-famous medieval commanders have in common, and what distinguished them from their opponents on the battlefield and from the lesser commanders of their age? What do their victories—and their defeats—tell us about their skills as soldiers and leaders in the brutal conflicts of their time?

Sean McGlynn, in this vivid, accessible, and authoritative study, explores the varied styles of leadership in medieval warfare. He analyzes and compares their effectiveness, failings, advantages, and limitations, and he reassesses each general’s reputation—deserved, inflated, or neglected—against the dramatic background of campaigns, sieges, and battles.

The generals he has selected represent not only chronological and geographical range but also, crucially, range in ability. Louis IX is included because his preparations for crusade were exemplary, though the campaign itself was a total disaster. Edward II is featured in order to show the calamitous effects of a weak commander. Their failures and the triumphs of other generals he portrays allow the reader to ponder what constituted a good military commander and what constituted a poor one. The absorbing case studies in McGlynn’s stimulating book offer real insight into the strategies, tactics, personalities, and leadership qualities of generals from a distant age. It is fascinating reading for all students of military and medieval history.

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TitleMedieval Generals
SubtitleThe History, Strategies, and Lives of the Greatest Commanders of the Middle Ages
AuthorBy Sean McGlynn
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSkyhorse Publishing
Published9 July 2018
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.
IllustrationsB&W illustrations throughout.

About the author

Sean McGlynn has established a reputation as a stimulating and original author of books and articles on medieval warfare. As well as writing Blood Cries Afar: The Forgotten Invasion of England 1216 and By Sword and Fire: Cruelty and Atrocity in Medieval Warfare, he has contributed to the Atlas of the Medieval World, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology, and Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of War. His many articles have appeared in BBC History, History Today, European Review of History, and many other history magazines and journals. He is also a well-known book reviewer and lecturer. He lives in Plymouth, England.

ISBNs: 9781632205070 978-1-63220-507-0 Title: medieval generals category:HIS ISBNs: 9781632208750 978-1-63220-875-0 Title: medieval generals category:HIS 
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