Paul Le Long reviews a recently published Osprey,”Armies of Castile and Aragon 1370-1516,” and finds it of limited use.
It’s on the Ospreys at a Glance page.
That’s a real pity – as this was one I was thinking of getting. Sounds like they tried to cover too much – 150 years and the known world – for one volume to bear. I thought Osprey had got past that – it made sense in the early days when they didn’t know that they’d eventually have hundreds, thousands even, of titles.
It’s hard to believe Paul Le Long actually read the book. It focuses on Spain’s expansion across the western Mediterranean as a prelude to empire and not the “known world.” Standard medieval weaponry has been covered in many Osprey books for this time period. Instead, this work highlights how Spanish armies adapted their own unique fighting techniques to engage French and Italian armies.
(Admin note: John Pohl is the author of “Armies of Castile and Aragon 1370-1516.”)
well, I certainly did read it….
John – the object of these reviews is to give readers an ‘at a glance’ look at what’s in the book. Mostly that is accomplished by listing the contents and colour plates. Most people will be able to see from that whether or not they would enjoy the book or find it useful. The comments section is necessarily subjective and impressionistic & my comments were just that – the impression that I carried away after finishing the book.
There are other reviews on the website and in the Osprey section that are much fuller but this one was meant to be brief. As I say, most readers will make any decision based on the listing of contents and plates and not on my subjective comments.
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