Campaldino 1289 The Battle that Made Dante

Published: September 13th, 2018     
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Author: Kelly Devries & Niccolo Capponi
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
ISBN #: 9781472831286
Other Publication Information: Soft Back, 96 pages with maps, b/w & full color illustrations
Price: $24.00
Product / Stock #: CAM 324
Product provided by: Osprey Publishing

This publication is available in three formats, all of which are available on the Osprey Publishing website. The paperback version, 9781472831286, is listed at $24.00. The eBook (ePub), # 9781472831279 is listed at $19.20, as is the eBook (PDF), # 9781472831262. An offer of a substantial savings exists for the reader who wishes to buy both the print version and either of the electronic versions. The discount is 25% off!

This publication identifies the causes of the battle at Campaldino, the economic, social, political and religious issues that defined the conditions in northern Italy in the late 1280's. In addition, the book addresses the impact that the battle had on a well-known poet of the time, that being Dante. The authors indicate that Dante's "Devine Comedy" can be viewed as framing Dante's description of pain and suffering in "Devine Comedy".

The book describes the battle with a view to the horrors of close-quarters, hand-to-hand combat. The text is supported by photographs of the area in which the battle was fought, maps, and illustrations by the very talented Graham Turner. Both authors, Kelly DeVries and Niccolo Capponi are both experts, both hold PhD's and both having produced numerous other publications regarding historic battles, and military technology.


  • The Strategic Background
  • Origins of the campaign
  • Chronology
  • Opposing commanders
  • Opposing armies
  • Orders of battle
  • Opposing plans
  • The campaign
  • Aftermath
  • The battlefields today
  • Further reading
  • Index

This publication is highly recommended for its in-depth coverage of a significant battle in Italian history, the in-depth coverage of the military technology and weaponry used in the battle, the excellent coverage of the political, economic, social, and religious environment in which the battle took place, and the superb artwork and images that accompany the text. Thanks to Osprey for providing a copy of the book for review.

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