128 b/w drawings, mostly of typical troop types, and over a hundred flags.
Detailed, illustrated army histories of 16th-Century Britain and the Low Countries
Perched as it was at the crossroads between medieval and modern history, the 16th century was inevitably a period of experiment, exploration, and rapid change. The English army, for instance, began the century equipped predominantly with bows and polearms, but ended it equipped with firearms and pikes.
This volume provides the reader with a detailed study of the armies of the British Isles and the Low Countries during the Tudor era, which witnessed not only the loss of England last possessions in France and the Elizabethan conquest of Ireland, but also the early stages of the Eighty Years War in the Netherlands. It five main chapters deal in turn with England in the period 1487-1603, Scotland, Ireland, the United Provinces from 1566 to 1609, and the Spanish Netherlands after 1556. Each contains detailed information on the dress, arms, organisation, and tactics of the contending armies, and helps to put the how, why and when of their evolution in context.
In addition there is a short section describing and explaining the assorted hand-firearms to be met with at this time; a substantial chapter on the principal military engagements that punctuated the age, from Blackheath in 1497 to Kinsale in 1601; and an appendix on 16th-century artillery. The army descriptions are supported by 128 clear line drawings, mostly of typical troop types, and over a hundred flags.