Review: Medieval Warfare Volume VIII, Issue 4
This entry was posted on October 23, 2018.
Recently we sent out copies of Medieval Warfare to outside reviewers, to get their feedback on the magazine. Here is a review by Christine Morgan, a historian who runs the Untitled History Project Youtube Channel.
The glossy pages of a crisp, brand new magazine are enough to make any historian excited to curl up and learn something new. Popular magazine, Medieval Warfare, has mastered the art of tapping into that excitement and, with the newest issue, “From Priest to King: Sverrir Sigurdsson and His Saga,” all those who appreciate history are treated to an authentic Nordic indulgence, packaged in a high-quality booklet of photos, illustrations, and historically relevant articles. The issue is bookended by personal notes from magazine editor, Peter Konieczny, who clearly defines his goal of expanding the military knowledge of his readers, while assuring an enjoyable read.
That passion for history and relevance is also evident from the carefully selected authors who contribute throughout this issue. Articles range from the topic of Sverrir Sigurdsson, to pieces addressing the importance of Norse mythology (Carolyne Larrington), the style of saga-writing (Armann Jakobsson), and the introduction of guerrilla warfare into Norwegian military tactics (Hördur Barddal). The magazine gives a comprehensive look at the context surrounding Norwegian military and army development (Randall Moffett), Sigurdsson’s legitimacy to the throne and use of power (Megan Arnott), weaponry as told through art and imagery (Kay Smith and Ruth R. Brown), and the many ways Vikings and wars have been portrayed on screen (Murray Dahm). Medieval Warfare truly has something for everyone.
While the issue is themed towards Sverrir Sigurdsson and his achievements, Medieval Warfare has also included “Special Articles,” which outline the art of war in non-thematic ways. The issue features an analysis of warfare that occurs alongside of (or in spite of) epidemics (Brian Burfield), the diversity of Islamic armies during the middle ages (Adam Ali), and the Ottoman Siege of Scutari (Guila Calabro). Peppered throughout are incredible drawings, photos, architectural discoveries, and primary sources for readers to enjoy.
Although the writing and topics are compelling, perhaps the most encouraging feature of the issue is the “Further Reading” page. Medieval Warfare has gone to great lengths to assemble a list of academically accurate and compelling books and articles for readers who are constantly curious. Not only is this a helpful feature, but it also shows that the publication takes pride in providing support for authors and historians, a rare find in magazine publications and an idea for which the editor deserves credit.
In short, this publication appeals to the avid reader and lover of history. Excellent authors and a broad view of the theme ensure that accuracy of information is guaranteed. With a diverse list of topics, authors, and contributor credentials, Medieval Warfare provides a true service to both historians and the generally curious.
Spanish readers should also check out this review of by Francisco García Campa at Bellumartis Historia Militar