Armies of the German Peasants War 1524-26
By Douglas Miller, Illustrated by Angus McBride
I reckon that Germany was not the best of places to be during the late medieval period, plague, incessant wars, and the reformation made it a rather less than healthy environment. I thought that I had a pretty good grasp of the history of the area during the Renaissance, but this release from Osprey proved me wrong.
Douglas Miller has taken the Peasants war as his subject, and he has covered it in some depth. I must admit that I had heard of this series of revolts, but as they were often swiftly passed over in history tomes, that I had not read about them in any detail, except for the odd article from The Pike and Shot Society or some other worthy periodical. Douglas though takes the reader through the series of increasingly murderous insurrections step by bloody step, producing a history that is readable, interesting and enjoyable.
The text is supported by a host of black and white illustrations and photographs, many being contemporary woodcuts, but fascinating as these are it is the colour plates from the veteran Osprey artist Angus McBride that bring this book to life. Lots of great detail, colourful standards and tragic story of a revolt ultimately doomed to bloody failure. Well worth the read!
ISBN 1 84176 507 4
48pages 8 Colour plates
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