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Furies: War in Europe, 1450-1700 Book Cover Furies: War in Europe, 1450-1700
Lauro Martines
Military Non-Fiction

"We think of the Renaissance as a shining era of human achievement—a pinnacle of artistic genius and humanist brilliance, the time of Shakespeare, Michelangelo, and Montaigne. Yet it was also an age of constant, harrowing warfare. Armies, not philosophers, shaped the face of Europe as modern nation-states emerged from feudal society. In Furies, one of the leading scholars of Renaissance history captures the dark reality of the period in a gripping narrative mosaic."

From Jim's review: As someone who loves the swashbuckling fiction of authors like Alexander Dumas, Rafael Sabatini and Arturo Pérez-Reverte it seemed like reading a non-fiction work on war in the period the books are set in would be a good idea. That is what brought me to Lauro Martines’ Furies: War in Europe, 1450-1700. The book came as a bit of a surprise.