I came across this book, published last year, whilst doing a general book search for my Christmas list. Being a fan of the early period, I took a punt and put it at the top of my list without reading a single review. I wasn't disappointed to have done so.
As well as covering the usual stuff, it has some nice chapters on the less well known stuff: such as Cesare Borgia's campaigns in the Romagna. Nothing amazingly new, nothing amazingly detailed, but nicely brought together. I also liked the extra bits such as the character studies of individuals, studies of geographic regions, and the use of poison.
I think it's a nice addition to the small pantheon of books on this much neglected period in military history. I'm guessing, like most books covering this subject, it probably had quite a small print run, so stocks will probably run out quickly, and it will probably double in price quickly in consequence. For less than £20 (in hardback) on Amazon, it's a steal. Get it! Get it quick!
Really interesting! I'd better get onto Amazon then!
Thanks for the review. I’ll keep an eye open for it.
Thanks for the heads up James, I better get it straightaway. I really don't understand why there isn't more information on the wars especially given the wonderful characters involved.
Thanks for the tip - I'll have to see if I can hunt it down.
On your recommendation, I ordered a copy today on Prime. I now need to explain to my wife how it's all your fault.
All the best
I thin I need a copy too. You are so right about the every limited sources for this fascinating era!
Great find: poison in a campaign sounds very Italian Wars! My wife banned me from assassinating rivals in Total War because of the grisly noise the attack made! Revenge at last- assassinations on the tabletop!
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