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The Artillery of the Dukes of Burgundy, 1363-1477 - 
      Robert Douglas Smith
    
      Kelly Devries

The Artillery of the Dukes of Burgundy, 1363-1477

; Kelly Devries

The four Valois Dukes of Burgundy created, in little more than a century, a fabulously wealthy and independent state. Their centralised control and chancellery have bequeathed to us a vast treasure trove of documents, including accounts and inventories of the Masters of the artillery under the later Dukes. Les mer
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The four Valois Dukes of Burgundy created, in little more than a century, a fabulously wealthy and independent state. Their centralised control and chancellery have bequeathed to us a vast treasure trove of documents, including accounts and inventories of the Masters of the artillery under the later Dukes. Although many of these were extracted and transcribed in the late nineteenth century, modern historians have largely ignored their unprecedented insights into fifteenth-century guns and their use.
When Charles the Bold, the last Valois Duke, took on the combined Swiss confederate forces in 1476 he lost not just the battles and his personal fortune, but much of his artillery train as well. Of the dozens of cannons captured, at least 25 pieces survive in Swiss museums.
The documents that survive from the Valois state give us, almost for the first time in medieval Europe, the ability to see the course of history in a period when Europe was undergoing some of the most profound changes before the 20th century.
The Artillery of the Dukes of Burgundy is the first attempt to combine all these sources, bringing new and fresh insights into the development and use of artillery in the fifteenth century. Moreover this is the first modern study of medieval cannon, one of the most important discoveries of the post-classical world.

KELLY DeVRIES has authored numerous books and articles on medieval warfare. ROBERT DOUGLAS SMITH formerly Head of Conservation in the Royal Armouries, Tower of London, is an acknowledged expert on medieval artillery. This study is the first major fruit of their combined researches.
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Forlag: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 386
ISBN: 9781843831624
Format: 24 x 17 cm
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Acknowledgementsvii
Introduction1(6)




An Overall History of Gunpowder Weapons during the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries

7(196)




The Military Careers of the Dukes of Burgundy





Philip the Bold

55(16)




John the Fearless

71(14)




Philip the Good

85(52)




Charles the Bold

137(66)




Analysis of the Documentary Sources for the Gunpowder Weapons

203(58)




Illustrated Catalogue of the Surviving Guns

261(55)




Conclusion

316(37)




Appendices





Summary of weapons, from Joseph Garnier

319(21)




A Burgundian artillery train of 1475

340(3)




A Burgundian ship's inventory of arms from 1445

343(2)




The manufacture of iron guns in 1376

345(4)




A Burgundian weapons dowry from 1449

349(2)




The transport of artillery in 1474

351(2)
Bibliography353(14)
Index367
Robert Douglas Smith is an Independent Scholar. Kelly DeVries is Professor of History at Loyola College, Baltimore, USA.