Warfare in Tenth-Century Germany
by David S. Bachrach
Boydell & Brewer, 2012
excerpt from book cover: This book shows how Henry I and Otto I, the first two kings of the Saxon dynasty, recreated the empire of Charlemagne, and established themselves as the hegemonic rulers in Western Europe. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the organization, training, morale, tactics, and strategy of Ottonian armies over a long half century. Drawing on a vast array of sources, including exceptionally important information developed through archaeological excavations, it demonstrates that the Ottonian kings commanded very large armies in military operations that focused primarily on the capture of fortifications, including many fortress cities of Roman origin. This long-term military success shows that Henry I and Otto I, building upon the inheritance of their Carolingian predecessors, and ultimately that of the late Roman empire, possessed an extensive and well-organized administration, and indeed, bureaucracy, which mobilized the resources that were necessary for the successful conduct of war.