This being Memorial Day weekend, I would normally be at the beach, but as our family was away last weekend, it seemed better for all concerned to spend this weekend at home catching up.
Instead, I sashayed down to the local university library, which is at its nicest in the summer. No pesky undergraduates hogging the tables, speaking at a volume generally best reserved for rock concerts and sporting events. Just me and a few other stray grown-ups and stacks and stacks and stacks of books. I get trembly just thinking about it.
Anyway, while I was there I picked up Michael Prestwich’s Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages: The English Experience. It’s not a new book–it was first published in 1995–but it’s not one that I’d come across before. In the little time I’ve had to read selected portions of it, I’m finding it extremely useful for research purposes. There are chapters on “The Logistics of War,” “The Navy,” “Siege Warfare,” and “Battle,” among many others, all geared to inteligent readers who nonetheless don’t have a thorough familiarity with medieval warfare. Take a look at it, especially if you’re a writer struggling with a battle scene.