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Medieval naval warfare, 1000-1500
Rose, Susan, 1938-
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London ; New York : Routledge, [2002]

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xvi, 155 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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How were medieval navies organised, and how did powerful rulers use them? Medieval Naval Warfare, 1000-1500provides a wealth of information about the strategy and tactics of these early fleets and the extent to which the possibilities of sea power were understood and exploited.
This fascinating account brings vividly to life the dangers and difficulties of medieval seafaring. In particular, it reveals the exploits of the Italian city states, England and France and examines:
* why fighting occurred at sea
* how battles were fought
* the logistical back up needed to maintain a fleet
* naval battles from the Mediterranean to the North Sea.

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Rose (Univ. of Surrey, Roehampton) has written a brief but valuable synthesis of what is known of medieval European naval warfare. As she makes clear, what we know is limited in two ways. First, sources for naval warfare are even more meager and scattered than those for land warfare. Second, naval activity throughout the period 1000-1500 was not truly an independent military activity, having more the character of an adjunct to land warfare. Surveying logistics and administration, Rose traces patterns of naval conflict in both northern waters and the Mediterranean, paying particular attention to the physical constraints of winds, tides, shores, and ship types on naval operations, including battles, such as they were. Interest in the use of ships often outran the infrastructure necessary to support navies, and "naval warfare by contract" thus paralleled the use of mercenaries ashore. A final chapter on medieval theories of naval warfare includes a very nice critique of the usefulness of Vegetius to naval commanders, which should inform debates about his impact on land campaigns. Maps and plates are fewer than one might wish, but clear. The bibliography is reasonably complete and certainly up-to-date. Recommended for all medieval and military history collections, undergraduates and up. S. Morillo Wabash College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Dockyards and Administration: the Logistics of Medieval Fleetsp. 6
Chapter 2 Invaders and Settlers: Operations in the Channel and the North Sea C.1000- C.1250p. 24
Chapter 3 Christians, Muslims and Crusaders: Naval Warfare in the Mediterranean at the Time of the Crusadesp. 34
Chapter 4 The Channel Powers in the Fourteenth Century: the Use of Seapower by England, France and Their Allies, C.1277- C.1390p. 57
Chapter 5 The Fifteenth Century in Northern Waters: Conflict and Commerce Raiding on a Wider Scalep. 81
Chapter 6 Venetians, Genoese and Turks: the Mediterranean 1300-1500p. 100
Chapter 7 Theory and Practice: Writings on Naval Warfare and the Conduct of Fleetsp. 123
Conclusionp. 132
Glossaryp. 135
Bibliographyp. 137
Indexp. 151