By Sword and Fire: Cruelty and Atrocity in Medieval Warfare (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
A vivid and original account of warfare in the Middle Ages and the cruelty and atrocity that accompanied it.
Sean McGlynn investigates the reality of medieval warfare. For all the talk of chivalry, medieval warfare routinely involved acts which we would consider war crimes. Lands laid waste, civilians slaughtered, prisoners massacred: this was standard fare justified by tradition and practical military necessity. It was unbelievably barbaric, but seldom uncontrolled.
Such acts of atrocity were calculated, hideous cruelties inflicted in order to achieve a specific end. Sean McGlynn examines the battles of Acre and Agincourt, sieges like Béziers,
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a much needed corrective to the view that chivalry definied medieval fighting