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siege Warfare

Throughout history, the desire to capture a fortified position in order to acquire territory has generally taken precedence over battles, raids, and other military adventures, especially ...

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The Oxford Companion to Military History

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2004

...too did siege warfare. For example, in 1761 Eyre Coote took Pondicherry, noting that the defences were in no fit state to stand a formal siege, while the Spanish fortress of Havana on the island of Cuba was taken by the British in the following year after a sharply contested siege which ended with capitulation and the honours of war . In North America, Montcalm took Fort Oswego by siege in 1756 (the unlucky governor was decapitated by a roundshot), and proved, as Christopher Duffy has written, that ‘meticulously-planned advances and formal siege attacks...

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Jon Coulston

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity

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2018

... warfare The siege and defence of fixed places demanded huge resources for the construction of fortifications, the supply of internal garrisons and besieging armies, the concentration and organization of manpower, and the development of technology. As in most periods, sieges in Late Antiquity far outnumbered encounters in open battle. Theoretical Late Roman siege-craft is known from technical treatises covering assault, defence, and artillery design (e.g. Vegetius , De Re Militari , 4.1–30). Numerous fortifications survive from the Roman and Persian...

Siege Warfare

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology

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2010
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History, Military History, Social sciences, Warfare and Defence
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... Warfare [This entry contains two subentries, on Byzantine siege warfare and on the tactics and technology of siege warfare .] Byzantine Sieges were a dominant reality of Byzantine warfare. Constantinople itself was subjected to numerous sieges, including those by the Avars (626), Arabs ( 717–718 ), crusaders (1204), and Ottomans (1453). Notable offensive Byzantine sieges included those of Candax on Crete (961), Tarsos (965), and Antioch (968) in the tenth century. Sieges are described by historians, occasionally drawing on earlier texts, and in military...

siege Warfare

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Throughout history, the desire to capture a fortified position in order to acquire territory has generally taken precedence over battles, raids, and other military adventures, especially in ancient, ...
Henry V

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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3,163 words
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Oxford University Press

...delivering his claim to France, demanding an immediate response, and passing on Harry’s personal defiance to the Dauphin. King Charles insists on a night in which to consider his reply. 3.0 The Chorus asks the audience to imagine Harry’s army crossing the Channel and laying siege to Harfleur. 3.1 Harry urges his troops to make one more assault on the breach in Harfleur’s walls. 3.2 Bardolph is eager enough to join the attack but Nim, Pistol, and the Boy would rather stay alive: they have to be driven towards the breach with blows by the Welsh captain...

35 The Slavonic Book in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus

35 The Slavonic Book in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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7,008 words
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Oxford University Press
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...result of bombing or seizure by the Germans, and more than 40,000 Soviet libraries were destroyed. Many libraries managed to function throughout the war, including the Leningrad Public Library (later National Library of Russia), which served readers throughout the 900 days of the siege of Leningrad. There was some underground publishing in the occupied territory of Belarus and Ukraine, and the Belarusian Gosizdat, evacuated to Moscow at the end of 1942 , continued to function. After the war, the Soviet publishing industry recovered relatively quickly: by 1948 ...

Siege of Bedford

Siege of Bedford  

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The siege of Bedford castle during the minority of Henry III began on 20 June and ended on 15 August 1224. At the heart of the contest, and the reason ...
Siege of Sofia

Siege of Sofia  

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Sofia occupies a central position in the geography of the Balkans. During the Middle Ages it was the crossing point of important roads leading to Constantinople, Belgrade, Thessalonica, Skopje, ...
Sieges of Barbastro

Sieges of Barbastro  

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Located at the foot of the Pyrenees in the Zaragoza region, Barbastro underwent two sieges. The Christian siege began 24–26 June and ended forty days later in August 1064. There ...
Siege of Montségur

Siege of Montségur  

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Montségur was the last major siege of Cathars in modern-day southern France and broke the back of organized resistance there. Though some view the siege and subsequent execution of those ...
Siege of Burgdorf

Siege of Burgdorf  

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The siege of Burgdorf (1383–1384) was an episode of the so-called war of Kyburg or Burgdorf (in present-day Switzerland), concerning the inheritance of the last Count of Nidau, Rudolf IV ...
Battle and Siege of Bregenz

Battle and Siege of Bregenz  

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The siege of Bregenz and the defeat of the Appenzell army and its allies outside Bregenz’s walls represented both the culmination and the demise of Appenzell expansionism. It came as ...
Siege of Avignon

Siege of Avignon  

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The second siege of Avignon (739) is understandable in a specific historical situation after the great victories of the Frankish ruler Charles Martel and his warriors against the Muslims (for ...
Siege of Argilers

Siege of Argilers  

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The siege of Argilers (21 May–6 June 1344) formed part of the campaign conducted by Pere III “the Ceremonious” of Aragon-Catalonia (r. 1336–1387) to capture the counties of Roussillon and ...
Siege of Soest

Siege of Soest  

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The siege of Soest from 30 June to 21 July 1447 represents the height of military action during the Soest Feud, a war of supremacy in northwestern Germany. Soest, an ...
Siege of Termes

Siege of Termes  

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Fresh from the successful siege of Minerve, Simon of Montfort tried to extend his control as viscount and crusade commander by attacking, in 1210, the Albigensian-controlled castle of Termes. Located ...
Siege of Paris

Siege of Paris  

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The siege of Paris by a Viking fleet in 885–886 occurred during a period characterized by political and military instability. The organization of defense against the Norsemen was rendered much ...
Siege of Crema

Siege of Crema  

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The siege of Crema was conducted by Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, from 1159 to 1160. The siege was part of the struggle between the empire and the Italian ...
Siege of Faenza

Siege of Faenza  

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Conducted by Frederick II in 1240, the siege of Faenza was part of the struggle between Pope Gregory IX and Emperor Frederick II.At the end of 1239, Frederick marched ...
Siege of Thessalonike

Siege of Thessalonike  

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(586)The year of the siege was established by Paul Lemerle based on evidence in a single source, Miracula Sancti Demetrii, I. 13–15, and by comparison with other accounts of ...

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