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

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

Volume 2 - The Cavalry, Artillery & Conduct of War

Stephen M. Carter

This mini-series combines the great military treaties with period illustrations to describe the military art in the late 17th century. Volume Two covers the cavalry & artillery plus the conduct of campaigns & engaging the enemy.
Date Published :
June 2023
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
c 150 b/w ills
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781804511978
Pages : 216
Dimensions : 9.8 X 7.1 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


In the late 17th century, war was one of the most important professions. It was for this reason that the greatest generals labored to acquire every ounce of knowledge, and 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 second volume of the Science of Arms explains the duties and disciplines of the cavalry, how the artillery and ordnance operated, plus how the general conducted a military campaign and engaged the enemy. The first volume covers the preparations for a just war, the artillery park, the general & his staff plus the exercise & functions of the infantry. The third 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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