The Army of the Swabian League 1525

Douglas Miller

The Swabian League was established as a defensive alliance of princes, prelates, and Imperial cities to maintain the peace within the territory of Southern Germany. In 1525 the League faced an existential threat in the form of an attempt by the exiled Duke Ulrich of Württemberg to retake his territory and a series of localised peasant uprisings whi
Date Published :
December 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
Retinue to Regiment
Illustration :
43 b/w photos/ills, 9 b/w maps, 1 diagram, 8 color plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781912866519
Pages : 116
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
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$29.95

Overview
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The Swabian League was established as a defensive alliance of princes, prelates, and Imperial cities to maintain the peace within the territory of Southern Germany. In 1525 the League faced an existential threat in the form of an attempt by the exiled Duke Ulrich of Württemberg to retake his territory and a series of localised peasant uprisings which united into a movement for political reform. The League was forced to mobilise a mercenary armyat a time of financial crisis and a shortage of Landsknechts, many of whom were fighting in the Italian Wars. This book presents a detailed inside account of the different components and internal organisation of the League army. It focuses on two campaigns led by its supreme commander, Georg Truchsess von Waldburg, to maintain discipline during an intensive six-month campaign to thwart the Duke of Württemberg and smash the peasant rebellion whilst attempting to appease his political overlords within the League.

About The Author
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Douglas Miller is a retired academic. He has been researching and modelling renaissance warfare in Germany for over 40 years. He is an honorary member of the Association of German Peasants’ War Museums and has authored several books on the military organisation and costume of Landsknechts and peasants during this period.

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