* Introduction: outline of military events in Italy during 1125-1325, and their importance for the history of Europe. * Chronology of major wars and battles. [The following chapters each cover the organization, equipment, tactics and combat history of the relevant armies.] * The Imperial armies: the forces sent into Italy from the Holy Roman Empire, with emphasis on those of Emperors Frederick Barbarossa and Frederick II. * The Lombard League: the forces from northern Italy that resisted Imperial invasions, with emphasis on Milan. * The Guelphs and Ghibellines: the forces of the Papal States, Florence, Siena and the Kingdom of Naples, with emhasis on Florence, and the battle of Montaperti. * The Maritime Republics: the land and sea forces of Venice, Genoa, Pisa and Amalfi. * The Angevin armies: the French forces fighting in southern Italy. * The Aragonese armies: the Spanish Catalan forces fighting in southern Italy.
In two centuries of war, half a dozen major armies fought in Italy - the Holy Roman Empire, France, Spain, and local coalitions. This book uses specially commissioned artwork to describe them and their place in the development of equipment and tactics.
Gabriele Esposito is an Italian freelance author on military history, specialising in uniformology, who has written a number of titles for Osprey Publishing, Pen & Sword, Winged Hussar Publishing and Partizan Press, and is a regular contributor to many magazines such as Ancient Warfare, Medieval Warfare, Classic Arms & Militaria, Guerres et Histoire, History of War and Focus Storia Wars. He is Professor of Modern History at the Second University, Naples. Giuseppe Rava was born in Faenza in 1963, and took an interest in all things military from an early age. Entirely self-taught, Giuseppe has established himself as a leading military history artist, and is inspired by the works of the great military artists, such as Detaille, Meissonier, Roechling, Lady Butler, Ottenfeld and Angus McBride. He lives and works in Italy.