The Hussite Wars 1419-36
By Stephen Turnball
While the dynastic struggles known as the Wars of the Roses were occupying the British a revolution was flowering in Bohemia. Riding on the back of sermons by Jan Hus, against the unfair wealth of the church and the abuses of the rival popes, and his death by burning at the stake, the so called Hussite Wars were to involve the state, church and mercenaries from many nations.
This book gives a lively account of the war and its antagonists covering the rise of Jan Zizka as head of the largely peasant forces which, under their chalice banner, enjoyed success against the Royal army as well as mercenary forces in the form of "crusades" from across Europe. Men and women fought side by side using the tactics of Zizka including the war wagon which enabled them to create a highly mobile "fort" wherever they wished.
The book concludes with a section on the weapons and tactics with descriptions of the hand weapons developed from agricultural implements, the guns of the day and, of course, the wagenburg. Richly illustrated with diagrams, photographs, contemporary art and, of course, the full colour work of Angus McBride this book introduces us to a little known area of medieval history.
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