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Osprey Men-at-Arms 191 : Henry VIII's Army

Few eras of British military history have been so neglected as the reign of Henry VIII. Folklore has given us the image of the 'Bluff King Hal' and his six wives, his reputation only slightly tarnished by his predilection for beheading people. Meanwhile, mainstream historians have largely characterised the period as one of religious, social and governmental change. Nevertheless, military affairs occupied a very significant place during Henry VIII's reign. English armies saw action against two main enemies at this time: the French and the Scots, of which France was undoubtedly viewed as the principal foe. Henry nursed grandiose ambitions to be acclaimed as the arbiter of European politics, and whilst intervention in European affairs did not necessarily dictate a policy of hostility towards France; despite certain diplomatic overtures and negotiations, England was invariably to be found in league with her enemies in time of war. Indeed, such alliances were essential if Henry was to attack France, for she was no longer the weak and divided opponent who had once faced Edward III and Henry V. Paul Cornish examines the history, uniforms and equipment of King Henry VIII's army, accompanied by numerous illustrations including eight full page colour plates by Angus McBride.

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  • Campaigns and Battles
  • Recruitment and Organisation
  • Equipment
  • Uniforms
  • Flags
  • The Plates

 

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