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“Necessary bulwarks”: Siegecraft treatises in early Stuart England

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In reality, the practice of siegecraft in England was not wholly out of step with that of the continent and Cavalier and Roundhead armies did not necessarily lack the requisite knowledge to carry out siege operations. This chapter begins with an assessment of continental books on siegecraft and the English response to the transformation of fortification design and siege warfare in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. It examines the specialist literature devoted to gunnery and military engineering and the influence of these books and manuals on the writing of analytical treatises on the art of warfare in the late 1630s. The gentleman soldier in early Stuart England could hardly call himself a "complete soldier" if he knew nothing of the art of siege warfare.

Keywords: early Stuart England; England; military engineering; siege operations; siege warfare; Siegecraft



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