Medieval Military Combat

Battle Tactics and Fighting Techniques of the Wars of the Roses

Tom Lewis

This books shows for the first time the battle techniques of the medieval period and reexamines the sources for battle numbers.
Date Published :
January 2021
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Illustration :
50 illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612008875
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


We don't know how medieval soldiers fought. Did they just walk forward in their armor smashing each other with their maces and poleaxes for hours on end, as depicted on film and in programs such as Game of Thrones?

They could not have done so. It is impossible to fight in such a manner for more than several minutes as exhaustion becomes a preventative factor.

Indeed, we know more of how the Roman and Greek armies fought than we do of the 1300 to 1550 period.

So how did medieval soldiers in the War of the Roses, and in the infantry sections of battles such as Agincourt and Towton, carry out their grim work?

Medieval Military Combat shows, for the first time, the techniques of such battles. It also breaks new ground in establishing medieval battle numbers as highly exaggerated, and that we need to look again at the accounts of actions such as the famous Battle of Towton, which this work uses as a basic for its overall study.

About The Author

Originally working as a High School teacher, Dr Tom Lewis OAM served as an officer of the Royal Australian Navy where he saw active service in the Middle East. In 2003 Tom was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for meritorious service to the Royal Australian Navy, particularly in the promotion of Australian naval history.


1. The genesis of infantry combat
2. The evidence of medieval combat
3. Armour
4. Arms
5.. The Longbow’s Place in Medieval Battle
6.. The effectiveness of poleaxes
7. How were medieval battles fought?
8. Towton as an example
9. Conclusion

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