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Welcome to the Medieval warfare task force. If you have any questions about articles or are generally seeking advice, you're encouraged to ask at the main military history talk page, or you can directly approach one of the task force participants below.

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Scope edit

This task force covers military history from roughly 500 to 1500. More specifically, its scope begins with the fall of the Roman Empire and ends just before the development of the rifle and the Age of Discovery. Although this period is generally regarded as an era of European history, other areas (such as the pre-Columbian empires, the expansion of Islam, the Mongol Empire, and so forth) are also welcome.

Events after c. 1500 are covered by the Early Modern warfare task force.

Any article related to this task force should be marked by adding Medieval-task-force=yes or Medieval=y to the {{WPMILHIST}} project banner at the top of its talk page (see the project banner instructions for more details on the exact syntax). This will automatically place it into Category:Medieval warfare task force articles.

Participants edit

If you approach anyone from this list for advice or help, please check their contributions first to check if they've edited recently. This list may contain people who have not edited Wikipedia in a long time.

  1. Adam Bishop (talk · contribs) (mostly crusades, some Byzantine Empire, France, and England)
  2. Arunreginald (talk · contribs) (Battles of the Byzantine Empire, Crusades and the Muslim conquests)
  3. Buistr (talk · contribs) (Armies of the Byzantine Empire)
  4. Cplakidas (talk · contribs) (mostly late Roman/Byzantine Empire, and the peoples who interacted with them)
  5. CsikosLo (talk · contribs) (Byzantine empire, medieval Germany and Hungary)
  6. Dainomite (talk · contribs) (Interests include Normans, Vikings, Reconquista and associated subjects)
  7. Elonka (talk · contribs) (Crusades, Knights Templar, Knights Hospitaller, other related orders)
  8. Ghost Lourde (talk · contribs) (Migration era skirmishes/high middle ages conflicts, omnibus medieval weaponry/tactics interests)
  9. Ghostexorcist (talk · contribs) (Primarily the First Crusade.)
  10. Iazyges (talk · contribs) Mostly roman stuff.
  11. JeBonSer (talk · contribs) (Europa!)
  12. Kirill Lokshin (talk · contribs) (Mostly warfare among the Italian city-states)
  13. Ktsquare (talk · contribs)
  14. Llywrch (talk · contribs) (At the moment I'm working on Ethiopian topics, but I have resources for the period 350 - 700 for Europe & the Mediterranean region)
  15. LordAmeth (talk · contribs) (Medieval/Feudal East Asia, particularly Japan. I am quite interested in medieval Europe, Britain in particular, but I do not feel I have the proper resources to contribute significantly there)
  16. Monstrelet (talk · contribs) (Mainly western medieval history, especially 14th. to early 16th. centuries)
  17. Niklas Feurstein (talk · contribs) (medieval weaponry)
  18. Serial Number 54129 (talk · contribs) English medieval, particularly late.
  19. Vami_IV (talk · contribs) (European Fortifications, anything you want to throw at me)

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Article statistics edit

The table to the right shows the current article assessment statistics for this task force.

A list of the top 500 most popular articles within our scope, as well as the number of page views each article received over the past month, can be found here.

With most of our articles assessed as Stub- or Start-Class, there's a lot of work to be done. However, we also have a number of good, A-Class, and featured articles, which have been assessed as amongst the best Wikipedia has to offer. These article serve as a yardstick for what can be achieved and should be aimed for, and can provide ideas about how to write an article and what sources to consult; they are listed below:

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Open tasks edit

Attention needed referencing and citation (4,705) • coverage and accuracy (4,050) • structure (1,148) • grammar (215) • supporting materials (1,640)
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Battle of SherstonByzantine-Latin Wars (currently redirect) • Rus'-Cuman warsRecapture of Constantinople (1261) (currently redirect) • Thibaut, Seigneur de MontmorencyGaston de ChanmontHugues de ChanmontSimon de Neauphle-le-ChateauDreux IV de MelloGilles II de TrasigniesRaoul II de ClerminRobert Morean de Fiennes
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Battle of IhtimanEncastellationBattle of MaritsaMedieval WarsHumbert V de BeaujeuSiege of ChandaxHvitserkTripartite StruggleFall of ArsufFall of CaesareaFall of Haifa (1265)Nicholas de la Beche
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Almain rivetArming doubletBevorCouterCuissesPauldronPoniardSchiltron
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Siege of Esztergom (1241)
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Articles for deletion

  • 17 Apr 2024 – Battle of Koyulhisar (1461) (talk · edit · hist) was AfDed by HistoryofIran (t · c); see discussion (4 participants)
  • 15 Apr 2024 – Pala Tibetan War (talk · edit · hist) was AfDed by ImperialAficionado (t · c); see discussion (3 participants; relisted)

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Resources edit

General studies of medieval warfare edit

  • Bachrach, Bernard S.; Bachrach, David S. (2017). Warfare in Medieval Europe c.400-c.1453. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. ISBN 9781138887664.
  • Bennett, Matthew (2009). The Medieval World at War. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 9780500251560.
  • Bennett, Matthew; Nicholas Hooper (1996). Cambridge Atlas of Warfare: The Middle Ages 768-1487. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521440493.
  • Bennett, Matthew; Jim Bradbury; Kelly DeVries; Iain Dickie; Phyllis Jestice (2005). Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World. Thomas Dunne. ISBN 978-0-312-34820-5.
  • Carey, Brian Todd; Joshua B. Allfree; John Cairns (2006). Warfare in the Medieval World. Barnsley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 9781844153398.
  • Contamine, Philippe (1984). War in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 0631131426.
  • Delbrück, Hans (1990). History of the Art of War vol III; The Middle Ages. Translated by Walter J. Renfroe. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood. ISBN 0803265859.
  • France, John (1999). Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades 1000-1300. London: UCL Press. ISBN 1857284674.
  • Keen, Maurice (1999). Medieval Warfare: A History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199690901.
  • Nicholson, Helen (2004). Medieval Warfare. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 0-333-76331-9.
  • Prestwich, Michael (1996) Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages: The English Experience, New Haven: Yale University Press ISBN 0-300-07663-0
  • Rogers, Clifford (2007). Soldiers' Lives Through History : The Middle Ages. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0313333507.
  • Verbruggen, J.F. (1997). The Art of Warfare in Western Europe during the Middle Ages (2nd. ed.). Woodbridge: Boydell Press. ISBN 0851156304.

Studies of specific subjects edit

Wars and campaigns edit

  • Burne, A.H. (1991) [1956]. The Agincourt War. London: Greenhill Books. ISBN 1853670871.
  • Burne, A.H. (1991) [1955]. The Crecy War. London: Greenhill Books. ISBN 1853670812.
  • Norwich, John Julius. A History of Venice. New York: Vintage Books, 1989. ISBN 0679721975.
  • Phillips, Charles and Alan Axelrod. Encyclopedia of Wars. 3 vols. New York: Facts on File, 2005. ISBN 0816028516.
  • Taylor, Frederick Lewis. The Art of War in Italy, 1494-1529. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1973. ISBN 0837150256.
  • Haldon, John. The Byzantine Wars. Stroud: Tempus Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0752417959.

Technology edit

  • Edge, David; John Miles Paddock (1993) [1988]. Arms & Armor of the Medieval Knight (Crescent Books reprint ed.). New York: Crescent Books. ISBN 0-517-10319-2.
  • Smith, Robert; Kelly DeVries (2005). The Artillery of the Dukes of Burgundy 1363 - 1477. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 1843831627.
  • Strickland, Matthew; Hardy,Robert (2005). The Great Warbow. Stroud: Sutton. ISBN 0750931671
  • DeVries, Kelly; Smith, Robert (2012). Medieval Military Technology (2nd ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781442604971.
  • Ellis-Gorman, Stuart (2022). The Medieval Crossbow. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Military. ISBN 978-152-678953-2.

Mercenaries edit

  • Caferro, William. John Hawkwood: An English Mercenary in Fourteenth-century Italy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. ISBN 978-0801883231
  • Fowler, Kenneth (2001). Medieval Mercenaries: Vol. I The Great Companies. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 0-631-15886-3.
  • Mallet, Michael: Mercenaries and their Masters, Bodley Head, London, 1974 ISBN 0370105028

Chivalry edit

Naval warfare edit

Crusades edit

Fortifications edit

Downloadable public domain books edit

Author Title and link
Curry, Anne The Hundred Years' War
Davis, H.W.C. Medieval Europe
Gibbon, Edward Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5, Vol. 6
Giles, J.A. History of the Britons
Gordon, Irwin Leslie Who Was Who: 5000 BC - 1914 Biographical Dictionary of the Famous and Those Who Wanted to Be
Grattan, Thomas Coley Holland: The History of the Netherlands
Green, John Richard History of the English People Vol. 1 449 - 1216, Vol. 2 1216 - 1400
Green, Mrs. J.R. Henry the Second
Guizot, François Pierre Guillaume A Popular History of France from the Earliest Times Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5, Vol. 6
Haaren, John Henry and Poland, A.B. Famous Men of the Middle Ages
Holinshed, Raphael The Historie of England Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5, Vol. 6, Vol. 7, Vol. 8
Lacroix, Paul Manners, Custom and Dress During the Middle Ages and During the Renaissance Period
Lingard, John The History of England
Macaulay, T.B. History of England
Newhall, Richard Ager English conquest of Normandy, 1416-1424, a study in fifteenth century warfare
Pollard, A.F. The History of England: A Study in Political Evolution
Power, Eileen Edna Medieval People
Yonge, Charlotte Mary History of France

Other edit

  • De Re Militari Major medieval military history portal, with source extracts, book reviews and extensive scholarly articles
  • Manuscript collections about fifteenth century chivalry
  • Internet Medieval Sourcebook of Fordham University
  • Digital Collection of the University of Wisconsin, notable for the University of Wisconsin History of the Crusades
  • Helmet Collectors Webpages a linkfarm for information about helmets
  • Wikimedia Commons illuminated manuscripts (navigate the area for more public domain images)
  • Manuscript Miniatures An image collection of manuscript miniatures depicting armoured figures from the medieval period created before 1450 in countries across Europe.

Armenia edit