Medieval Warfare II.3

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The Late Middle Ages saw revolutionary changes in warfare and tactics, with infantry once more becoming a central part of the many battles that were fought. With improvements to weaponry, such as the Swiss pike, the foot soldier was reborn to become a dominant factor on the battlefield. 

Theme: The rebirth of infantry – The improvement of infantry tactics and equipment in the Late Middle Ages

  • Historical introduction – Jean-Claude Brunner, ‘The infantry’s tactical revolution’.
  • The Source – Vassilis Pergalias, ‘The Battle of Courtrai’.
  • Nils Visser, ‘Negating English archery on the late medieval battlefield’.
  • Szymon Górski & Ewelina Wilczyska, ‘Jan Žižka and his wagons of war’.
  • Erich Anderson, ‘The Battle of Arbedo and the Ascension of the Swiss Pike’.


  • The Castle – Konstantin Nossov, ‘The medieval Muslim fortification of Ifriqiyah’.
  • Special – Brian Burfield, ‘Diseases on the medieval battlefield’
  • The Campaign – Dr. Kaveh Farrokh & Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani, ‘The Mongol invasion of the Khwarazmian Empire’.
  • Weapon Handling – Murray Dahm, ‘Codex Wallerstein’.

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