Medieval Warfare Blog

  • The ‘Everlasting Fighting’ between Elephants and Dragons

    A quick look at medieval illustrations of elephants reveals that they are often depicted in combat with dragons. The serpent is shown having wrapped its... Read more
  • The Funny Condottieri

    Italian warfare during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries was often dominated by mercenary groups known as condottieri. Armies of these soldiers roamed throughout the city... Read more
  • The Ideal Knight

    What are the characteristics of an ideal knight? It would be a hard question to answer, even if you lived in the Middle Ages, as... Read more
  • Three Tales of the Templars, by Jacques de Vitry

    As the fame of the Knights Templar grew in Europe during the twelfth and thirteenth-centuries, countless stories must have been told about their exploits. Few... Read more
  • The Battle of Frankenhausen

    One of the key battles of the German Peasants’ Revolt took place in central town of Frankenhausen. That region had seen a large outbreak of... Read more
  • Stupid Reasons to Go to War in the Middle Ages

    “Our greatest conflicts have ridiculous origins and causes. Just think how our last duke of Burgundy ruined himself by a quarrel over a cartload of... Read more
  • Our Latest Issue: The German Peasants' Revolt

    Our final issue of 2016 is quite timely, as we are going to take a look at a massive popular uprising. While this year has... Read more
  • What is Your Favourite Article from our Templars issue?

    We are asking the readers of Medieval Warfare VI:5 to let us know what was their favourite article in that issue! Here are seven articles... Read more
  • How to Defend a Castle

    One of the most unique medieval sources on how to defend a castle against a siege comes from Konungs skuggsjá - The King’s Mirror, an... Read more
  • How to Besiege a Castle

    In medieval warfare one of the most essential skills a military commander could acquire was how to besiege a castle. Throughout much of medieval Europe... Read more

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