By Chris McNab
From ancient times to the beginning of the gunpowder age
This book explains the tactics and technologies of siege warfare for both attackers and defenders, from ancient times to the beginning of the gunpowder age.
Mighty siege engines - including torsion artillery, trebuchets, battering rams and siege towers - are closely examined and illustrated in fine detail. The book discusses the complexities of underground and over ground assault, specifically escalade, undermining and sapping, and what happened after a besieging army forced a breach.
It also investigates the formalities and deceits of non-force options - the subtle arts of negotiation, spying and infiltration.