By Christopher B. Krebs

ISBN-10: 0393062651

ISBN-13: 9780393062656

Winner of the 2012 Christian Gauss booklet Award

"A version of well known highbrow historical past. . . . In each way, A most deadly Book is a so much amazing achievement."--Washington Post

When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the Germania, a none-too-flattering little booklet concerning the historic Germans, he couldn't have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis could extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. however the Germania inspired--and polarized--readers lengthy prior to the increase of the 3rd Reich. during this based and beautiful historical past, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard college, strains the wide-ranging effect of the Germania, revealing how an old textual content rose to take its position one of the most threatening books on the planet.

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At Lechfeld, Otto's eight 'legions' possibly numbered 3,000 to 4,000 armoured horsemen - the only Saxons present were Otto's follOWing, the Slav threat tying down most of the Saxon forces in the north. In 946, Otto I was able to lead a host from all the duchies into West Frankia. Widukind puts its strength at thirty-two 'legions', which should be taken to mean a very large army. The only precise figure available is the 2,090 loricati (armoured cavalry) sent by ecclesiastical and lay princes of south and west Germany to Otto II in 981.

This represents an idealized picture, but while archaeological remains of the forts are elusive, there is full documentary evidence for the 32 p THE CAMBRIDGE ILLUSTRATED ATLAS OF WARFARE: THE MIDDLE AGES p THE BATTLE OF LECHFELD 955 By the early 950s, the Magyars had ceased to be a serious threat to western Europe. In 950, they were raided by the Bavarians, while German control of north Italy (95 1) restricted their access to its wealth. The renewal of dissension within Germany (953-55) offered the Magyars the opportunity to restore their fortunes.

THE DANISH CONQlJEST 1015-1016 Isle of Wight Thorkell's base Sept. -Nov. 1009; Hampshire, Sussex, Berkshire ravaged Dec. 1015 - March 1016 April - July 1016 MAP 3 MAP 4 English military and naval In the campaigns of preparations proved useless in 1009. The Danish noble, 1016, Edmund showed a determination lacking in Thorkell, ravaged across the south-eastern quarter of his father, mustering five armies as king, and hotly England. After he was pursuing Cnut's forces. bought off in 1012, the London resisted elaborate Danish king Swein arrived.

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