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A History of the British Army - Vol. I (1066-1713) by John William Fortescue

By John William Fortescue

Sir John Fortescue holds a pre-eminent position among British army historians, his enduring status and legacy resting more often than not on his life’s paintings “The background of the British Army”, issued in 20 volumes, which took him a few 30 years to accomplish. In scope and breadth it's such that no sleek student has tried to hide this sort of huge and various topic in its entirety; yet Sir John did so with aplomb, resulting in a readable and complete study.

According to Professor Emeritus of army heritage at King’s collage, Brian Bond, the paintings was once “the manufactured from indefatigable examine in unique files, a decision to give a transparent, actual, and readable narrative of army operations, and an in depth own wisdom of the battlefields, which enabled him to explain his account with first-class maps. most vital, in spite of the fact that, used to be his motivation: specifically, a lifelong affection for the previous, long-service, pre-Cardwell military, the spirit of the regiments of which it principally consisted, and the price of its traditions to the kingdom. a tremendous a part of his activity used to be to distil and inculcate those soldierly virtues which, in his conservative view, contrasted sharply with the unedifying personality of politicians who habitually meddled in army matters.” ODNB.

This first quantity covers the interval from the conflict of Hastings in 1066 to the tip of the Seven Year’s conflict in 1713. It contains the battles at Bannockburn, Crecy, Agincourt, Flodden, the battles of the English Civil battle, Dunkirk Dunes, Tangiers, and the battles in the course of Marlborough’s campaigns. the quantity additionally strains the improvement of eu Armies, infantry, cavalry and artillery, and the categorical alterations in Britain through the period.

ENGLISH ancient assessment —"Mr. Fortescue has been the 1st to build a scholarly and attached tale of the expansion of our army associations and of the improvement of strategies as published in a continuing sequence of wars. His variety is lucid, and his descriptions of battles are effortless to keep on with. yet his leader advantage is a well-balanced judgment."

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