Sunday, 11 November 2007

Italian Wars Bibliography

The Renaissance Wargames Society has put together a great pdf bibliography for the Italian Wars.

I thought I'd help publicise their work by highlighting a few of my favourites and inviting you to post yours.

Please note many of these books are reprints of much older books. The dates given are those of the most recent prints to give some idea of how easy they will be to find:
  • The Grand Captain by Gerald de Gaury (Longmans, Green and Co, 1955).
  • A History of the Art of War in the Sixteenth Century by Sir Charles Oman (Greenhill Books, 1987).
  • Mercenaries and Their Masters by Michael Mallet (Rowman and Littlefield, 1974).
  • The Art of War in Italy 1494-1529 by Frederick Taylor (Partizan Press, 1993).
  • Renaissance Battles 1494 – 1700 Vol. 1 by Peter Sides (Gosling Press, 1996).
  • The Renaissance at War by Thomas Arnold (Cassell, 2001).
  • Weapons and Warfare in Renaissance Europe by Bert S Hall (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001).
  • The Battle of Pavia by Catherine Whistler (Ashmolean Museum, 2003).
  • The Art of Renaissance Warfare by Stephen Turnbull (Greenhill Books, 2006).
  • The Italian Wars 1494-1559 by Michael Mallet & Christine Shaw (Pearson, 2012)
  • The Art of War In Italy 1494-1529 by F L Taylor (Forgotten Books, 2009).
Updated: Sun, 28 Oct 2012

1 comment:

  1. Hi, thanks, now I'm looking for the 4 titles I don't have! There are not many titles about the Italian Wars, but I can recommend the following further reading.

    Renaissance Armies. G. Gush. A must have wargamers book for this period.

    Cesare Borgia His Life and Times. S. Bradford. A great read concentrating on early Papal strategy, campaigns and debauchery etc.

    Siege Warfare. Duffy. A very good (& long) section on the development of fortifications during the Italian Wars.

    History of Europe 1450 - 1660. P.J. Helm. Get this from a library before you buy it. A good simple overview of the wars plus added flavour.

    Renaissance Europe 1480 - 1520. J.R. Hale. Not a wargamer's book unless you get into the period. It covers everything from diet and health to travel and politics. Fascinating.

    Machiavelli. Sydney Anglo. Again not a wargamers book. It does have sections dealing with the political efforts of the famous Florentine diplomat.