The Effects of King Sigismund’s Hussite Wars on the Art of War
Fa, ÁRPÁD (Miklós Zrínyi National Defence University, Budapest, Hungary)
AARMS Vol. 9, No. 2 (2010)
This paper elaborates upon the effects on the art of war of the crusades launched in the first half of the 15th century against the Hussites, who intended to reform the Catholic Church. It places this episodic, although rather interesting and controversial period in the process of the “revolution of war”, the changes in warfare, that took place in Europe. In the essay questions are answered about the problems arising in connection with the use of Hussite tactics. About the conditions of the Hungarian army’s participation, e.g. the composition of the participating Hungarian contingents, it presents more exact answers than any preceding project. The paper highlights the interdependences between the Hussite wars on the one hand and the obsoleteness of Sigismundian military architecture and chivalric warfare on the other. It also describes the direct and indirect effects of these wars on the development of the Hungarian art of war.