The Widow's House by Daniel Abraham

By Daniel Abraham

The increase OF THE DRAGON AND the autumn OF KINGS

Lord Regent Geder Palliako's battle has led his kingdom and the clergymen of the spider goddess to victory after victory. No strength has withstood him, aside from the guts of the only girl he wants. because the violence builds and the cracks in his rule start to express, he'll chance every thing to achieve her love otherwise her destruction.

Clara Kalliam, the dependable traitor, is torn among the girl she as soon as was once and the lady she has turn into. along with her sons on each side of the clash, her residence can't stand, yet there's a strength in picking out while and the way to fall.

And in Porte Oliva, banker Cithrin bel Sarcour and Captain Marcus Wester examine the bad fact that hyperlinks this struggle to the autumn of the dragons millennia prior to, and that to avoid wasting the realm, Cithrin needs to overcome it.

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Even Rome had to abandon its scheme of fortification half-finished because of the enormous expense. 5 million livres per annum on fortification although this was insignificant compared with the cost of besieging a fortress. The siege of the Huguenot stronghold of La Rochelle (1627–8) by the army of Louis XIII cost a reputed 40 million livres. If fortifications represented the biggest and most expensive civil engineering works of the age then sieges were its greatest test of large-scale organization and finance.

Whereas the agricultural surplus and taxation base of settled agrarian societies permitted the development of logistical mechanisms to support permanent specialized military units, nomadic peoples generally lacked such units and had a far less organized logistical system: in war they often relied on raiding their opponents. This organizational divide, which owed much to factors of terrain and climate, was linked to one in methods of warfare. Nomadic and semi-nomadic peoples exploited mobility and generally relied on cavalry, while their opponents put more of a stress on numbers, infantry, and fortifications.

Michael Roberts has argued that these developments occurred principally between 1550 and 1650, a period which he dubbed the ‘Military Revolution’. Geoffrey Parker has extended Roberts’s thesis to encompass the three centuries between 1500 and 1800, stressing the contribution of the new military methods to the European acquisition of overseas empire. The concept, however, is losing its force: a steady process spread across three centuries hardly justifies the title ‘revolution’. The equivalent period from the 1690s to the 1990s—the flintlock musket to the hydrogen bomb—has yet to acquire the accolade of ‘Second Military Revolution’.

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