- Taschenbuch: 48 Seiten
- Verlag: Osprey Publishing (19. Februar 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1841765074
- ISBN-13: 978-1841765075
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,4 x 0,3 x 24,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
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Armies of the German Peasants' War 1524-26 (Men-At-Arms (Osprey)) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 19. Februar 2003
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In the 1520s, a war broke out in Germany when insurgent groups rose to overthrow the power structure. The movement took as its emblem a peasant's shoe and the title "Bundschuh", and this became known as the Peasants' War - although the rebel armies actually included as many townsmen, miners, disaffected knights and mercenary soldiers as rural peasants. The risings involved large armies of up to 18,000 men, and there were several major battles before the movement was put down with the utmost ferocity. This work details the weapons, tactics, armies, personalities, costume, and events of this savage war.
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Douglas Miller researches and models broadly in the period of the German Renaissance and Reformation. He has previously written two Men-at-Arms titles for Osprey Man-at-Arms 58: The Landsknechts and Men-at-Arms 94: The Swiss at War 1300-1500. Doug is married with three children and currently works for an international trade union organisation.
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Excellent plates by Angus McBride of the Peasant Banners as well of the League,photographs of costume and armour, it's all here,this is a useful addition to the library of anyone interested in the "BUNDSCHUH" conspiracy(the shoe was the symbol of the Rebels),this is a simply wonderful book, small but the content by Mr. Miller is an excellent introduction, this is a most interesting and rewarding read of a less know Revolt of the Renaissance,highly informative.
Related Books "Landsknecht Soldier 1486-1560"(Warrior 49)by John Harald Richards for tactics of the Renaissance are check "Pavia 1525,The Climax of the Italian Wars"(Campaign 44)by Angus Konstam, another one is "The Renaissance At War" by Thomas Arnold is a look into the major conflicts,wars,tactics and a little bit of everything fron the series Cassell's History of Warfare, more campaign books by Osprey treat Renaissance Warfare like "Fornovo 1495,France's Bloody Fighting Retreat"(Campaign 43).
Despite its limited Men-at-Arms size (48 pages), its contents resemble those of a Campaign Series title (twice as long), with most of the contents devoted to describing the various campaigns and battles that saw the destruction of the multiple Peasant bands, including a little template that tentatively presents their respective strength.
This turns out to be one of the book’s strong points given how little these events tend to be known. It also allows the author to show that at least some of the Peasant bands included a number of professional Landsknecht, with Southern Germany where the uprisings were taking place, being their main recruiting ground. It also shows that some of these bands were large, had cannon and military equipment including armour that had been looted from castles and cities, and also had banners that were the equivalent of those found among their opponents of the princely contingents.
One weakness, however are that this leaves no space to present the various weapons used, although descriptions of these can be found in other Osprey titles, for instance the one on the Landsknecht. Another shortcoming, and perhaps a more serious one, is that the bibliography is crammed into page two right at the beginning and there is only room for ten references, six of which being in German.
Finally, there are Angus McBride’s superb plates, with these making up to some extent the lack of weapon descriptions. One of the plates illustrates that peasant bands had gunners, handguns and cannons, but also miners. Another two are vivid pictures of rebels looting a rich monastery and of one of the (Protestant) predicators and leaders of the Peasant Revolts (Thomas Müntzer) haranguing his followers from the top of a cart, although the author and artist are careful to mention that there is no illustration of him so that his physical appearance is somewhat fictional even if his dress may correspond to those worn by similar predicators at the time. This plate is in fact a nice contrast with Plate C showing Georg, Truchess of Waldburg, the leader of one of the princely forces in full armour at the head of his troops, and one who would do so much to destroy the Peasant bands.
Four strong stars for an original title.