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New Medieval Books: The Killing Ground

The Killing Ground: A Biography of Thermopylae

By Myke Cole and Michael Livingston

ISBN: 9781472858665

A look at the area of Thermopylae in Greece, which according to the authors “might be the most blood-soaked ground in the world.” They detail twenty-seven military actions that took place here, including seven that took place in the Middle Ages.


In this book we’ll explore Thermopylae’s geography, its history, and the many battles that scarred its surface over the millennia. We’ll try to understand why human beings go to war, how they organize for it, what they are willing to give up, what they’re willing to lay down. And, above all, we’ll show that while death may have marked Thermopylae’s ever-changing ground as sacred, it has been sanctified by the living.


Who is this book for?

This is a book more for military historians rather than medieval military historians, with about 35 pages devoted to events from the Middle Ages. However, for those interested in the geography of warfare, this serves as an excellent case study. Those liking a more general history will also find this a good read.

The authors

Myke Cole is a novelist and historian. Michael Livingston teaches at The Citadel and is the author of numerous books on medieval history as well as fiction novels.


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