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Prestwich, Michael

Works: 89 works in 420 publications in 6 languages and 14,173 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Biography  Biographies  Guidebooks  Conference papers and proceedings  Sources  Juvenile works  Periodicals  Genealogy 
Roles: Author, Editor, i, Author of introduction, Other, Creator
Classifications: DA229, 942.03
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Most widely held works about Michael Prestwich
Most widely held works by Michael Prestwich
Armies and warfare in the Middle Ages : the English experience by Michael Prestwich( )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 2,548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval warfare was hard, gruelling and often unrewarding. While military life in this era is sometimes pictured in terms of knights resplendent in armour and bearing colourful standards and coats of arms, the reality more often consisted of men struggling against cold, damp and hunger, pressing elusive foes who refused to do battle. In this fascinating book, Michael Prestwich re-creates the real experience of medieval warfare, examining how men of all ranks of society were recruited, how troops were fed, supplied, and deployed, the development of new weapons, and the structures of military command. Michael Prestwich challenges many common assumptions about medieval warfare. He shows that medieval commanders were capable of far more sophisticated strategy than is usually assumed: spies were an important part of the machinery of war, and the destruction of crops and burning of villages were part of a deliberate plan to force a foe to negotiate, rather than an indication of lack of discipline. Sieges, often lengthy and expensive, were more prevalent than physical battles. And in actual engagement the mounted knight was never as dominant as is often supposed: even in the twelfth century, many battles were won by unmounted men. Medieval warfare was not, on the whole, any more chivalric than warfare of other periods, although there were many instances of individual heroism, particularly during the Hundred Years War, that brought glory and renown to those who performed them
Edward I by Michael Prestwich( Book )

35 editions published between 1988 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 2,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Michael Prestwich's study of Edward I, first published in 1988 and now reissued with a new introduction and updated bibliographic guide, is the definitive full-length account of one of the leading monarchs of the Middle Ages." "A king who pioneered legal and parliamentary change, conquered Wales and came close to conquering Scotland, Edward I presents many contradictions. A pious man who built his reputation during the greatest chivalric adventure of the time, the Crusade, he quarrelled with his archbishops. A major player in European diplomacy and war, he acted as peacemaker during the 1280s but became involved in a bitter war with Philip IV a decade later."--Jacket
Plantagenet England, 1225-1360 by Michael Prestwich( )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 1,936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"England of the Plantagenet kings was a turbulent place. In politics it saw Simon de Montfort's challenge to the crown in Henry III's reign and it witnessed the deposition of Edward II. By contrast, and as relief, it also experienced the highly successful rules of Edward I and his grandson, Edward III. Political institutions were transformed with the development of parliament, and war, the stimulus for some of that change, was never far away. Wales was conquered and the Scottish Wars of Independence started in Edward I's reign, while Crecy and Poitiers were English triumphs under Edward III." "Beyond politics, the structure of English society was developing, from the great magnates at the top to the peasantry at the bottom. Economic changes were also significant, from the expansionary period of the thirteenth century to years of difficulty in the fourteenth, culminating in the greatest demographic disaster of historical times, the Black Death." "Embracing politics and government, kingship, the structure of society, France, Scotland, and Wales, as well as areas such as the environment, the management of the land, crime and punishment, Michael Prestwich's survey casts the Plantagenet past in a new and revealing light."--Jacket
The three Edwards : war and state in England, 1272-1377 by Michael Prestwich( Book )

55 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in English and held by 1,426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Providing an overview to this eventful period of history, this book analyses the three kings of very different qualities and reputations
Castles : a history and guide by R. Allen BROWN( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the development and function of the castle from the ninth century through the fifteenth century
War, politics, and finance under Edward I by Michael Prestwich( Book )

15 editions published between 1972 and 1992 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents illustrating the crisis of 1297-98 in England( Book )

12 editions published in 1980 in 3 languages and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval people : vivid lives in a distant landscape : from Charlemagne to Piero della Francesca by Michael Prestwich( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This engrossing, exquisitely illustrated, often witty account tells the life stories of some seventy individuals who "made" the Middle Ages. There are kings and queens, popes and politicians, soldiers and merchants, scholars, authors and visionaries. They range from the important, such as El Cid or Frederick Barbarossa, to the little known, such as the dissolute Venetian nun Clara Sanuto. Some were astonishingly successful: the empire created by Chinggis Khan was one of the most extensive ever seen. Some, such as Charles the Bold, the over-ambitious 15th-century duke of Burgundy, were failures. Contrary to modern myth, medieval people did not believe the earth was flat; torture was far less common than in later centuries; and technological advances included guns, printing, blast furnaces, spectacles, stirrups and the compass. Full of insights such as these, this book shows how medieval people lived in an era that was more one of invention and innovation than of superstition and backwardness. It will appeal to all those who want a truer picture of a world often erroneously portrayed by bestselling novelists of today."--Publisher's description
English politics in the thirteenth century by Michael Prestwich( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is an analytical study of English politics in the crucial period from John's reign to the Ordinance of 1311. It examines contemporary ideas about the nature of royal authority, and the attempts made to set limits on the crown. The nobility, is examined, as is the role of the church. The position of the gentry and the county community is assessed. Three specific issues are investigated, those of the position of foreigners at the court, military service, and taxation. The study concludes by examining of the concept of the community of the realm, and its relationship to parliament
Knight : the medieval warrior's (unofficial) manual by Michael Prestwich( Book )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An insider's guide: how to become a knight, wield a sword, join a Crusade, and make your fortune
Liberties and identities in the medieval British Isles( )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In-depth examinations of the role played by liberties across the British Isles. The liberties and franchises of medieval England have been a neglected area of study in recent years, yet they were an important aspect of government and society, providing an influential basis of collective awareness, aspiration and loyalty. The papers in this volume examine them in a wide British context (the north of England, the Welsh march, Ireland and Scotland), from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries, looking at the varied role that liberties played in defining local identities and providing bases of power; other topics addressed include their maintenance of law and order, as well as the threat they might present, and their part in military recruitment. Contributors: MELANIE DEVINE, CLARE ETTY, SANDY GRANT, BETH HARTLAND, MATT HOLFORD, MAX LIEBERMAN, CYNTHIA NEVILLE, MICHAEL PRESTWICH, KEITH STRINGER, HENRY SUMMERSON
Anglo-Norman Durham : 1093-1193( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteenth century England II : proceedings of the Newcastle upon Tyne conference 1987 by Thirteenth Century Conference( )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection presents new and original research into the long thirteenth century, from c.1180-c.1330, with a particular focus on the reign of Edward II and its aftermath. Other topics examined include crown finances, markets and fairs, royal stewards, the aftermath of the Barons' War, Wace's 'Roman de Brut', and authority in Yorkshire nunneries; and the volume also follows the tradition of the series by looking beyond England, with contributions on the role of Joan, wife of Llywelyn the Great in Anglo-Welsh relations, Dublin, and English landholding in Ireland, while the continental connection is represented by a comparison of aspects of English and French kingship. Contributors: David Carpenter, Nick Barratt, Emilia Jamroziak, Michael Ray, Susan Stewart, Louise J. Wilkinson, Sean Duffy, Beth Hartland, Francoise Le Saux, Henry Summerson, Janet Burton, H.S.A. Fox, David Crook, Margo Todd, Seymour Phillips
The place of war in English history, 1066-1214 by J. O Prestwich( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The interaction of war and the state in the Anglo-Norman period was for the historian J.O. Prestwich a lifetime's study. This book pulls together his ideas on the way that war was conducted, both by land and sea, and the ways in which it affected government and the economy." "Prestwich was particularly concerned with the ways in which armed forces were raised, maintained, supplied, disciplined and transported, and the studies printed here, based on his Ford Lectures, consider the relations between war and diplomacy, propaganda and morale, military intelligence, and economic warfare." "The discussion ranges widely over such issues as the purpose of Domesday Book, the English contribution to the Lisbon crusade, and the antecedents of Magna Carta. Appendices focus on feudalism and its influence and the composition of Anglo-Norman armies."--Jacket
The Battle of Crécy, 1346 by Andrew Ayton( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First large-scale study of Crécy and its context, bringing out its full significance in English and French history"--Provided by publisher
A short history of the Hundred Years War by Michael Prestwich( Book )

9 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The conflict that swept over France from 1337 to 1453 remains the longest military struggle in history. A bitter dynastic fight between Plantagenet and Valois, The Hundred Years War was fought out on the widest of stages while also creating powerful new nationalist identities. In his vivid new history, Michael Prestwich shows that it likewise involved large and charismatic individuals: Edward III, claimant to the French throne; his son Edward of Woodstock, the Black Prince; wily architect of the first French victories, Bertrand du Guesclin; chivalric hero Jean Boucicaut; inspirational leader Henry V, unlikely winner at Agincourt (1415), who so nearly succeeded in becoming King of France; and the martyred Maid of Orleans, Joan of Arc, thought to be divinely inspired. Offering an up-to-date analysis of military organization, strategy and tactics, including the deadly power of English archery, the author explains the wider politics in a masterful account of the War as a whole: from English victory at Sluys (1340) to the turn of the tide and French revival as the invader was driven back across the Channel."--Publisher supplied
Parliament & community : papers read before the Irish Conference of Historians, Dublin 27-30 May 1981 by Irish Conference of Historians( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteenth century England( )

in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

York civic ordinances, 1301 by York (England)( Book )

11 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteenth century England VII : proceedings of the Durham conference 1997 by Peter R Coss( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2001 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Plantagenet England, 1225-1360
Edward IPlantagenet England, 1225-1360The three Edwards : war and state in England, 1272-1377English politics in the thirteenth centuryKnight : the medieval warrior's (unofficial) manualLiberties and identities in the medieval British IslesAnglo-Norman Durham : 1093-1193Thirteenth century England II : proceedings of the Newcastle upon Tyne conference 1987
Alternative Names
Michael Prestwich British historian

Michael Prestwich Brits historicus

Michael Prestwich historiador británico

Michael Prestwich historien britannique

Prestwich, M.

Prestwich, Michael Charles 1943-