Science of Arms: The Art of War in the Century of the Soldier, 1672 to 1699

Science of Arms: The Art of War in the Century of the Soldier, 1672 to 1699

Volume 1 1 Preparation for War & the Infantry

Stephen M. Carter

This book combines the greatest military works with the original illustrations to describe the military art in the century of the soldier. Volume one covers the duties of the general, preparations for war and the tactics of the infantry.
Date Published :
November 2022
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
150 ills
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781804510025
Pages : 216
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


In the late 17th century war was one of the most important of all the human professions. It was for this reason that the greatest generals labored to acquire every ounce of knowledge, and from this went on to perfect the military art. These men judged that nothing was so necessary for the salvation of their states as the science of arms. They saw that it was by this means that nations repelled public and private insults. It was through the application of war, that citizens defended the liberty of their country and maintained discipline within their own territories. As a result, these men became professionals, and in so doing aroused the virtue of their fellow-citizens and ensured the happiness of their people. These words are not new but adapted from the opening chapter of the Tracte de la Guerre ou Politique Militaire published in 1677. By then, the French Army had reached the peak of military perfection and Science of Arms draws on this expertise to create the definitive manual on the art of war, split across three volumes.

The first volume of the Science of Arms introduces the 17th century concept of the just war. Explains the duties of the general and his staff. Details the Ordinance Park, plus the weapons and equipment needed to wage war. This is followed by the evolutions, drills, postures, and tactics of the infantry from the lowest private to the colonel. The second volume covers the disciplines of the cavalry and the artillery, fighting a campaign and winning in battle. The final volume tackles the construction, defense, and the attack of fortifications in the age of Vauban.

For the first time the historian, writer, reenactor, or military enthusiast can fully comprehend the spontaneous actions of the greatest generals. Science of Arms fills in the gaps found in eyewitness accounts, clarifies the unconscious behavior of the officers, and brings to life the battle plans. This outstanding work combines all the great military treatise of the 17th century, with the original illustrations to form a unique depiction of the art of war as learnt by all the officers, and generals of the age. Science of Arms is everything needed to fully understand the military art as practiced in the century of the soldier.

About The Author

Stephen Carter was born near the Sandhurst Military College in England and has studied military history since an early age. After thirty-five years in the Sealed Knot, he rose from a musketeer to become commander a regiment. In 2005, the author organised a series of events that recreated the Monmouth Rebellion, with the Battles fought on the original sites, and on the historic dates. Since then he has written about Monmouth, and regularly commentates at period re-enactment event. He has been researching the Life and Times of Monmouth, and regularly publishes his finding on Twitter as @Warwalks. Stephen juggles writing and research, with working in London and living in Normandy, France.

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