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“Caesar to this present day of King James”: Military books and military culture, 1572–1603

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This chapter demonstrates that books on the military arts were easy to acquire and letters often record friends offering advice and suggestions on new titles and recommendations of passages or chapters that illuminated specific tactics, practices, or theories on the art of war. It examines the development of English military culture in the period 1572 to 1603, looking at the circles of English gentlemen soldiers who served abroad in the "schooles of warre" in the Netherlands, Ireland, France, and Germany and the influence that military books and manuals had on shaping their knowledge of military discipline. The military circles formed at the end of Elizabeth's reign continued to be influential in the first decade of Jacobean rule and the military writers who were part of these circles continued to contribute to discussions about the military arts well into the first quarter of the seventeenth century.

Keywords: Elizabeth; France; Germany; Jacobean rule; military arts; military books; military culture; military writers; Netherlands



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