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Warrior of God - Jan Zizka and the Hussite Revolution

First modern biography of one of the greatest military strategists of all time

Jan Zizka (1370–1424) was a formidable figure whose life and military career was set amidst the whirlwind of monumental revolutions – military, religious, political and social – that engulfed medieval Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries. The leader of Bohemia’s Hussite Revolution – the first of the religious wars during the Protestant Reformation – he was a forward-thinking military genius whose record is virtually unmatched. He fielded a peasant militia, initially untrained and unequipped, and faced down the Holy Roman Empire’s huge professional army of armoured knights known as ‘The Men of Iron’. Among his numerous innovations was the armoured wagon fitted with small cannons and muskets, presaging the modern tank. All this, despite the fact that for much of his later career he went completely blind. Yet remarkably, beyond central Europe, very little is known about him. In this original and engrossing study, historian Victor Verney combines an authoritative analysis with colourful anecdotes to reveal the incredible exploits of this forgotten military genius and the fascinating cast of characters who surrounded him.


Victor Verney, the grandson of Slovak and Greek immigrants, grew up in Buffalo, New York. Formerly a college professor and newspaper editor, he is now a fulltime writer residing in Des Moines, Iowa. David Muhlena is the Head Librarian of the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Prague.


• First modern biography of one of the greatest military strategists of all time

• Traces the genesis of armed cavalry tactics

and numerous other innovations

• Includes a cast of larger-than-life characters


Release date: March 2009

ISBN 9781848325166
£ 19.99


(an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd.)

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