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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
rct - recent arrival or pending publication, spc - OMM Special Price
Dark Ages

1-999125 125 THE ARMIES OF ISLAM, 7TH-11TH CENTURIES Osprey Men-At-Arms series, 8 color plates, text. 1 vol, 48 pgs 1981 LONDON, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-83740 Aitchison, Nick PICTS AND SCOTS AT WAR, THE The author pieces together details from severalsources to detail the evidence for a good degreeof military organization and discuses their arms,armor, forts & naval warfare; biblio, index. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2003 UK, SUTTON PUBLISHING
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1-62260 Bachrach, Bernard EARLY CAROLINGIAN WARFARE The author demonstrates how the Pippin II and his successors built upon late Roman technology and surviving military institutions to prepare the way for Charlemagne's empire, biblio, index. 1 vol, 432 pgs 1999 PHILA, UNIV OF PENNSYLVAN
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1-86910 Benedikz, Benedict VARANGIANS OF BYZANTIUM The author examines the six hundred plus years ofthe Norsemen's service to the Byzantium Empire andEmperor's. B/w illust/maps, biblio, index 1 vol, 256 pgs 2007 UK, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
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1-196670 Bernage, Georges LES VIKINGS EN NORMANDIE (911-1066) Oversized at 8.5 x 12 inches, this outstanding work presents a complete study of the Vikings and their culture. Through brilliant illustrations and photographs we will learn about their civilization, their boats, and the various artistic styles unique to each period.

In addition, the book provides an overview of the types of swords used and a historical perspective of the Viking raids in Normandy -- from their first establishment in 911, the first dukes, and the Scandinavian vestiges in Normandy until the English invasion in 1066.

French text, but Heimdal loads its books with full color photos throughout of re-enactors and other imagery. 1 vol, 96 pgs 2011 FRANCE, HEIMDAL
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1-206110 Burne, Alfred The Agincourt War - A Military History of the Hundred Years War from 1369 to 1453 Henry V's stunning victory at Agincourt was a pivotal battle of the Hundred Years War, reviving England's military fortunes and changing forever the course of European warfare.

In this exciting and readable account Colonel Burne recreates the years leading up to Agincourt and its bitter aftermath. He also puts the battle in the perspective of the other important, yet less well known, engagements of the war such as the battles of Verneuil and Fresnay. As with the battles, so with its commanders: Henry V is known to all, but Colonel Burne gives rightful honour to Talbot, Salisbury, Bedford, Chandos and many others. On the French side he details the parts played by Bertrand du Gueschlin and of course Joan of Arc.

Colonel Burne's outstanding reconstruction of the war is written for layman and historian alike and conveys the drama that Agincourt and its heroes have always so vividly evoked. This new edition of a classic text includes a new introduction by Anne Curry, the world's leading authority on the battle of Agincourt. 1 vol, 360 pgs 2014 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-66677 Canales, Francisco SIMANCAS 939 The Battle of Simancas (also called Alhandega or al-Khandaq) was a military battle that started on July 19, 939, in the Iberian Peninsula between the troops of the Christian king Ramiro II of Leon and Muslim caliph Abd al-Rahman III near the walls of the city of Simancas. The battle decided the control of the lands of the Duero.

The battle unfolded after the army of Abd al-Rahman III launched toward the northern Christian territories in 934. Abd al-Rahman III had gathered a large army of Moorish fighters, with the help of the Moorish governor of Zaragoza, Abu Yahya. The Christian king Ramiro II led the counterattack with an army constituted of his own troops, those of the Count Fernan Gonzalez, the Navarrese under Garcia Sanchez I, the Kingdom of Galicia, and the Kingdom of Asturias. 1 vol, 110 pgs 2012 SPAIN, ALMENA EDICIONES
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1-208850 Carr, John FIGHTING EMPERORS OF BYZANTIUM Fighting Emperors of Byzantium assesses the contribution of those Emperors whose military leadership determined the survival of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire for a thousand years after the fall of Rome. 1 vol, 288 pgs 2015 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-200010 Decker, Michael THE BYZANTINE ART OF WAR Explores the military history of the thousand-year empire of the eastern Mediterranean, Byzantium. Throughout its history the empire faced a multitude of challenges from foreign invaders seeking to plunder its wealth and to occupy its lands, from the deadly Hunnic hordes of Attila, to the Arab armies of Islam, to the western Crusaders bent on carving out a place in the empire or its former lands.

In order to survive, the Byzantines relied on their army that was for centuries the only standing, professional force in Europe. Leadership provided another key to survival; Byzantine society produced a number of capable strategic thinkers and tacticians-and several brilliant ones. These officers maintained a level of professionalism and organization inherited and adapted from Roman models. The innovations of the Byzantine military reforms of the sixth century included the use of steppe nomad equipment and tactics, the most important of which was the refinement of the Roman mounted archer.

Strategy and tactics evolved in the face of victory and defeat; the shock of the Arab conquests led to a sharp decline in the number and quality of imperial forces. By the eighth and ninth centuries Byzantine commanders mastered the art of the small war, waging guerrilla campaigns, raids, and flying column attacks that injured the enemy but avoided the decisive confrontation the empire was no longer capable of winning. A century later they began the most sustained, glorious military expansion of their history.

This work further sketches the key campaigns, battles, and sieges that illustrate Byzantine military doctrine, vital changes from one era to another, the composition of forces and the major victories and defeats that defined the territory and material well-being of its citizens. Through a summary of their strategies, tactics, and innovations in the tools of war, the book closes with an analysis of the contributions of this remarkable empire to world military history. 1 vol, 320 pgs 2012 US, WESTHOLME PUBLISHING
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2-60580 Devries, Kelly NORWEGIAN INVASION OF ENGLAND IN 1066, THE The victory of Harold over the invading army of King Haraldr, (4) maps, biblio, index. 1 vol, 352 pgs 2003 UK, BOYDEL & BREWER
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1-1947512 Di Colloredo, Pierluigi LA BATTAGLIA DI CAPO COLONNA 982 The battle of Stilo was fought during the weekend of 13 or 14 July 982 near Crotone, in Calabria, in the area between the forces of Emperor Otto II and his Northern allies, the Lombards, versus those of Abu Al-Ali, Emir of Sicily and the Middle Kalbids.

Some sources claim that the Muslims would have been helped by the Byzantines in southern Italy, allocated long in retaliation for the invasion of the province of Apulia, but there is no confirmation for this historic indictment. 1 vol, 62 pgs 2016 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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2-45920 Evans, Stephen S. LORDS OF BATTLE, THE:Warriors & Warbands The Lords of Battle examines the image of the comitatus, or warband, as it is portrayed in literary and historical sources from Britain's early medieval period, attempting to determine the extent to which it reflects an historical reality. Through an extensive use of a variety of source material, literary, historical, and archaeological, the book investigates both the structure of the warband, and the practices and institutions which supported it.

After a review of the historical background of Dark Age Britain, Stephen Evans explores the practical characteristics of the comitatus: its military organisation; its internal social structure and its place within society as a whole; and the lord-retainer relationship, its duties and obligations. He also examines the cultural, social, and economic institutions which produced and supported the warband. Overall, the study provides a number of insights into the ideals and practices of Britain's Celtic and Anglo-Saxon warrior-elites during a turbulent period.
1 vol, 0 pgs 1997 LONDON, BOYDELL & BREWER
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1-86590 Gabriel, Richard A. MUHAMMAD:Islam's First Great General An examination of Muhammad's life as military leader, (12) b/w maps, biblio, index. 1 vol, 288 pgs 2007 US, UNIV OF OKLAHOMA
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1-902920 Gagelmann, Strassmeir DAS FRANKISCHE HEER DER MEROWINGERZEIT: Vol. 2 The Frankish army of the Merovingian: Volume 2.

Under King Clovis I and his successors, the Frankish Empire became the leading military power of Central Europe. Due to the Frankish law of succession, the Empire suffered repeated Imperial divisions, which eventually led to the decline in the power of the Merovingian dynasty -- especially after two minor sons split the Empire after the death of King Dagoberts.

The graphic reconstructions based on rich archeological finds show weaponry, shields, and uniforms of Merovingian foot and mounted troops dating from the mid-6th to the middle of the 7th century, as well as Alamanni after the absorbtion of the Kingdom of Thuringii and Bavarii. 1 vol, 64 pgs 2015 GERMANY, BERLIN ZINNFIGUREN
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1-980021 Gravett, Chris & Nicolle, David NORMANS:Warrior Knights and their Castles Describes the equipment, training, tactics and the daily life of a typical Norman Knight 1 vol, 242 pgs 2003 LONDON, OSPREY PUBLISH'NG
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2-980021 Gravett, Chris & Nicolle, David NORMANS:Warrior Knights and their Castles Describes the equipment, training, tactics and the daily life of a typical Norman Knight. 1 vol, 242 pgs 2003 LONDON, OSPREY PUBLISH'NG
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2-12590 Heath, Ian ARMIES OF THE DARK AGES: 600AD-1066AD Classic work. Organization, tactics, dress, and weapons of the period with many b/w illustrations. 1 vol, 128 pgs 1976 UK, WARGAMES RESEARCH GRP PUBLICATIONS
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1-199540 Hill, Paul THE ANGLO-SAXONS AT WAR 800-1066 This book chronicles the time of the great Anglo-Saxon kings like Alfred, Athelstan, Aethelred, and Edmund Ironside and what was warfare really like - how armies were organized, how and why they fought, how the warriors were armed and trained, and other aspects of the Anglo-Saxon experience of war.

The role of violence and war in Anglo-Saxon society is explored, in particular the parts played by the dark age/medieval king and the noblemen, and the means by which, in times of danger, the men of the fyrd were summoned to fight. The controversial subject of the Anglo-Saxon use of cavalry is also explored. Land and naval warfare are central sections of Paul Hill's book, but he also covers the politics and diplomacy of warfare - the conduct of negotiations, the taking of hostages and the use of treachery.

The weapons and armor of the Anglo-Saxons are described - the spears, the scramsaxes, axes, bows, swords, helmets, shields and mail that were employed in the close-quarter fighting of the day. Among the most valuable sections of the study are those dealing, in vivid detail, with actual experience of battle and siege - with the brutal reality of combat as it is revealed by campaigns against the Danes, in the battles of Ashdown, Maldon and Stamford Bridge, and sieges at Reading and Rochester. 1 vol, 0 pgs 2012 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-62390 Hollister, Warren ANGLO-SAXON MILITARY INSTITUTIONS A detailed account of the military institutions just prior to the Norman Conquest. 1 vol, 170 pgs 2000 UK, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRS
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1-198330 Jacobsen, Torsten Cumberland A HISTORY OF THE VANDALS The fifth century AD was a time of great changes in the Mediterranean world. In the early 400s, the Roman Empire ranged from the lowlands of Scotland to the Upper Nile and from Portugal to the Caucasus. It was almost at its widest extent, and although ruled by two emperors-one in the West and one in the East-it was still a single empire. One hundred years later, Roman control of Western Europe and Western North Africa had been lost. In its place, a number of Germanic kingdoms had been established in these regions, with hundreds of thousands of Germanic and other peoples settling permanently inside the former borders of the Western Roman Empire.

One of the most fascinating of these tribes of late antiquity were the Vandals, who over a period of 600 years had migrated from the woodland regions of Scandinavia across Europe and ended in the deserts of North Africa. In A History of the Vandals, the first monograph in English covering the entire history of the Vandals from their emergence to the end of their kingdom, historian Torsten Cumberland Jacobsen pieces together what we know about the Vandals, sifting fact from fiction.

In the middle of the fifth century the Vandals, who professed Arianism, a form of Christianity considered heretical by the Roman emperor, created the first permanent Germanic successor state in the West and were one of the deciding factors in the downfall of the Western Roman Empire. Later Christian historians described their sack of Rome in 455 and their vehement persecution of Catholics in their kingdom, accounts that were sensationalized and gave birth to the term 'vandalism.'

In the mid-sixth century, the Vandals and their North African kingdom were the first target of Byzantine Emperor Justinian's ambitious plan to reconquer the lost territories of the fallen Western Empire. In less than four months, what had been considered one of the strongest Germanic kingdoms had been defeated by a small Roman army led by the general Belisarius. Despite later rebellions, this was the end of the Germanic presence in North Africa, and in many ways the end of the Arian heresy of Christianity. For the Romans it was the incredibly successful start of the reconquest of the lost lands of the Western Empire. 1 vol, 344 pgs 2012 US, WESTHOLME PUBLISHING
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1-84450 Jones, Charles FORGOTTEN BATTLE OF FULFORD 1066 Account of the third battle of 1066 that saw the Earls of Mercia and Northumbria defeated by a Viking army of Hardrada and Harold's brother Tostig, b/w illust/maps, glossary, biblio, index. 1 vol, 260 pgs 2006 UK, TEMPUS PUBLICATIONS
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1-190790 Kaegi, Walter BYZANTIUM AND THE EARLY ISLAMIC CONQUESTS Study of how the Byzantine Empire lost Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia and Armenia. The problem of strategic and tactical cohesion is studied using the battle of Yarmuk. Maps, biblio, index 1 vol, 313 pgs 2009 UK, CAMBRIDGE UNIV
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1-212980 Kim Hjardar, Vegard Vike VIKINGS AT WAR A depiction of how the Vikings waged war: weapons technology, offensive and defensive warfare, military traditions and tactics, fortifications, ships, and command structure. It also portrays the Viking raids and conquest campaigns that brought the Vikings to virtually every corner of Europe and even to America.

Contains over 380 color illustrations including beautiful reconstruction drawings, maps, cross-section drawings of ships, line-drawings of fortifications, battle plan reconstructions, and photos of surviving artifacts including weapons and jewelry.

Currently in its fourth printing in Norwegian, the translation presented here makes it available for the first time in English. Awarded the Norwegian literary prize 'Saga Prize' in 2012.

Employing unorthodox and unpredictable strategies, which were hard for more organized forces to respond to, the most crucial element of the Viking's success was their basic strategy of evading the enemy by arriving by sea, then attacking quickly and with great force before withdrawing quickly.

Viking ships landed on almost every shore in the Western world during the 350 years that followed the introduction of the sail into the region, from the 9th to the 11th century. Viking ravages united the Spanish kingdoms and stopped Charlemagne and the Franks' advance in Europe. Wherever Viking ships roamed, enormous suffering followed in their wake, but the encounter between cultures changed both European and Nordic societies. 1 vol, 400 pgs 2016 US, CASEMATE
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1-202580 Lavelle, Ryan ALFRED'S WARS: Sources and Interpretations of Anglo-Saxon Warfare in the Viking Age The warfare of the late Anglo-Saxon period had momentous consequences for the development of the English state following Alfred the Great's reign. This book provides a comprehensive guide, with extracts in translation from the principal sources for our knowledge, accompanied by the most important interpretations by scholars through the ages, and new introductions by the present author.

It looks at every aspect of the topic, from land and sea forces to logistics and campaigning, from fortifications and the battlefield to the final peacemaking. In so doing, it highlights the significance of warfare and its organization for the late Anglo-Saxon state, and the multitude of ways in which it was recorded and remembered. 1 vol, 400 pgs 2012 US, BOYDEL & BREWER
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1-69270 Leprevost, Thierry & Bernage, George HASTINGS 1066:Norman Cavalry and Saxon Infantry 9x12, plenty of color and b/w illust/drawings of re-enactments. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2002 FRANCE, EDITIONS HEIMDAL
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2-69270 Leprevost, Thierry & Bernage, George HASTINGS 1066: Norman Cavalry and Saxon Infantry 9x12, plenty of color and b/w illust/drawings of re-enactments. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2002 FRANCE, EDITIONS HEIMDAL
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1-190960 Marechal, Jacques HASTINGS 1066:Battle for a Kingdom 9x12, fully illustrated in color with 160 photos of 2000+ re-enactors. 1 vol, 132 pgs 2009 FRANCE, H&C
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1-84340 Marren, Peter BATTLES OF THE DARK AGES Author examines the battles and shows how they were fought, where they were fought and why, b/w maps/illust, biblio, index. 1 vol, 210 pgs 2009 UK, PEN & SWORD BOOKS
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1-86770 Marsden, John HARALD HARDRADA:The Warrior's Way Author reconstructs the military life of this hard-fighting Norse leader. Scandinavia to Byzantium to his death at Stamford Bridge in 1066, b/w maps and illust, biblio, index. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2006 UK, TEMPUS PUBLICATIONS
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1-61320 Mersey, Daniel ARMIES OF MEDIEVAL BURMA: AD700-1300 Burmese armies 700-1300AD, includes Army composition, Tactics, Troop types, and the obligatory color plates. 1 vol, 40 pgs 2000 UK, OUTPOST WARGAME SERV
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1-68880 Patterson, Benton Rain HAROLD AND WILLIAM: The Battle for England 1064-66 A highly entertaining narrative, 25+ b/w illust, biblio, index. 1 vol, 260 pgs 2001 NY, COOPER SQUARE PRESS
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1-200260 Peers, Chris OFFA AND THE MERCIAN WARS: The Rise and Fall of the First Great English Kingdom In England in the eighth century, in the midst of the so-called Dark Ages, Offa ruled Mercia, one of the strongest Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. For over 30 years he was the dominant warlord in the territory south of the Humber and the driving force behind the expansion of Mercia's power. During that turbulent period he commanded Mercian armies in their struggle against the neighboring kingdoms of Northumbria and Wessex and against the Welsh tribes. Yet the true story of Offa's long reign and of the rise and fall of Mercia are little known although this is one of the most intriguing episodes in this little-recorded phase of England's past. 20 illustrations. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2012 UK, Pen & Sword
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1-65380 Pollington, Stephen ENGLISH WARRIOR, THE:From early times to 1066 This book is for the most part an examination ofweapons & warfare from about 500AD to 1066AD, lotsof useful information, b/w drawings, biblio, index 1 vol, 268 pgs 1996 UK, ANGLO SAXON BOOKS
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1-71390 Pullen-Appleby, John ENGLISH SEA POWER 871-1100 AD This work examines English sea power prior to the Norman Conquest, detailed account about the appearance and use of fighting ships, b/w maps and illust, biblio, index. 1 vol, 128 pgs 2005 UK, ANGLO-SAXON BOOKS
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1-66642 Saez, Ruben illust by J.L. Serrano Silva LAS CAMPANAS DE ALMANZOR 977-1002 'Osprey' type book with (8) color plates with several figures per plate, many b/w illust/maps, covers the battles/campaigns. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2008 SPAIN, ALMENA EDICIONES
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1-90130 Short, william R. VIKING WEAPONS AND COMBAT TECHNIQUES The author and his colleagues at Hurstwic, a Viking-Age living history group, have reconstructed the various techniques. Copiously illustrated, battle maps, biblio, index. 1 vol, 232 pgs 2004 US, WESTHOLME PUBLISHING
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1-90080 Stephenson, I.P. LATE ANGLO-SAXON ARMY, THE (16) pages of color including photos/line drawingsof uniform equipment, b/w photos/illust/drawings. 1 vol, 160 pgs 2007 UK, TEMPUS PUBLISHING
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1-200640 Stephenson, Ian VIKING WARFARE Comprehensive study of the weapons and warfare of the Vikings, examining the types and range of weapons and armor found to build a complete picture of the warfare of the period. The quantity and quality of the finds allow us to build a picture of not simply an individual's panoply, but also of army structure and tactics. Alongside this, the artifacts allow us to examine the cultural interaction between the Roman and Barbarian worlds, which, as the finds show, was not a simple one-way process: each side impacted on the other. 46 illustrations (25 in color) plus 16 pages in color. 1 vol, 128 pgs 2012 UK, AMBERLY
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1-211850 Storr, Jim KING ARTHUR'S WARS King Arthur's Wars' describes one of the biggest archaeological finds of our times; yet there is nothing new to see. There are secrets hidden in plain sight. We speak English today, because the Anglo-Saxons took over most of post-Roman Britain. How did that happen? There is little evidence: not much archaeology, and even less written history.

There is, however, a huge amount of speculation. 'King Arthur's Wars' brings an entirely new approach to the subject. The answers are out there, in the countryside, waiting to be found. Months of field work and map study allow us to understand, for the first time, how the Anglo-Saxons conquered England; county by county and decade by decade. 'King Arthur's Wars' exposes what the landscape and the place names tell us. As a result, we can now know far more about this 'Dark Age'.

What is so special about Essex? Why is Buckinghamshire an odd shape? Why is the legend of King Arthur so special to us? Why don't Cumbrian farmers use English numbers when they count sheep? Why don't we know where Camelot was? Why did the Romano-British stop eating oysters? What does this have to do with Napoleon's Ulm campaign of 1805, or the Prusso-Danish War of 1864? 'King Arthur's Wars' tells that story. Includes 96 figures, maps, and 16pp color illustrations. 1 vol, 328 pgs 2016 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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1-69820 Time Life editors WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE WHEN LONGSHIPS SAILED 10x10, this book focuses on the daily lives of Vikings both at home as well as on raids/conquests many b/w & color illust, maps, glossary, index 1 vol, 142 pgs 2002 ALEXANDRIA, TIME LIFE BKS
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1-201190 Venning, Timothy AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF BRITAIN: The Anglo-Saxon Age Explores the various decision points in a fascinating period of British history and the alternative paths that it might have taken. While necessarily speculative, all the scenarios are discussed within the framework of a deep understanding of the major driving forces, tensions and trends that shaped British history and help to shed light upon them. In so doing they help the reader to understand why things panned out as they did, as well as what might have been.

For example, was a reconquest by the native British ever a possibility (under 'Arthur' or someone else)? Which of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms might have united England sooner and would this have kept the Danes out? And, of course, what if Harold Godwinson had won at Hastings? 1 vol, 256 pgs 2013 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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