The Medieval Soldier in the Wars of the Roses
What did a Wars of the Roses battle look like and how was it fought once both sides had finally resorted to all-out conflict? What did noble and commoner think about killing their fellow Englishmen? How were the fighting men recruited and where were they billeted? How much were they paid? What sort of weapons did they use and how? What were the tactics employed in battle and what was the fate of the soldier after the battle? In his revealing study of the medieval soldier in the Wars of the Roses, Andrew Boardman uses a variety of documentary sources to answer these and other questions. Eyewitness accounts of the men who fought as captains, archers, artillerymen, billmen, men-at-arms and cavalry - both in England and abroad - are used to paint a vivid picture of fifteenth-century conflict in all its confusion and violence.
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