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The Battle of Lechfeld and Its Aftermath, August 955: The End of the Age of Migrations in the Latin West Charles R. Bowlus

The Battle of Lechfeld and Its Aftermath, August 955: The End of the Age of Migrations in the Latin West

Charles R. Bowlus

Published June 30th 2006
ISBN : 9780754654704
Hardcover
223 pages
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In August 955 a battle took place that effectively ended the incursions of steppe nomads into Western Europe. The forces of Otto the Great annihilated a huge army of Hungarian mounted archers in an encounter that is generally known as the battle ofMoreIn August 955 a battle took place that effectively ended the incursions of steppe nomads into Western Europe. The forces of Otto the Great annihilated a huge army of Hungarian mounted archers in an encounter that is generally known as the battle of Lechfeld, a broad plain near Augsburg in southern Germany. Based on a detailed analysis of all contemporary, and often contradictory, sources. Charles Bowlus provides a step-by-step reconstruction of the battle. This is preceded by chapters analysing the administrative and military reforms in tenth-century Germany, and the strengths and weaknesses of nomadic styles of warfare, in particular their archery, and setting out the historical context in which the battle occurred. A pioneering aspect of his research is the introduction of environmental factors, not only the limits they imposed on the expansion of the nomadic way of life into Europe, but also the impact the local environment had on the outcome of the battle.