De Bellis Bookstore  
In association with Amazon.Com, the De Bellis Bookstore offers a variety of historical books and materials that support the DBx gaming hobby.  A small percentage of each sale is credited to Fanaticus and used for its support.    If you have a book title you'd like to see added to the store's current listings or have a review of any of the books listed below, drop a note to Chris Brantley.

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What's New

You can buy the
DBA 2.2 Rules
reprint by John Curry
from Amazon.


Osprey listings updated for Men-at-Arms, Warrior and Elite series.

Biblical, Bronze, Chariot Periods

Tutankhamun's Armies: Battle and Conquest During Ancient Egypt's Late Eighteenth Dynasty, by John Darnell and Colleen Manassa (Aug. 2007)

The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: History, Archaeology and Society (Duckworth Egyptology Series) by Wolfram Grajetzki (March 2006)

The Trojan War: A New History by Barry Strauss (Sept. 2006)

A History of the Ancient near East, Ca. 3000-323 B.C (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) by Marc Van de Mieroop (Sept. 2006)

A History of Ancient Israel and Judah, 2d Ed. by J. Maxwell Miller and John Haralson Hayes (Oct. 2006)

Hellenistic Period

A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War by Victor Hanson (Sept. 2006)

The Peloponnesian War: Athens, Sparta, and the Struggle for Greece by Nigel Bagnall (July 2006)

Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World by Paul Cartledge (Nov. 2006)

Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West by Tom Holland (May 2006)

Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia by J. Curtis and N. Tallis (Nov 2005)

Alexander the Great by Paul Cartledge (Nov 1, 2005)

Roman Classical

Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy (Sep 22, 2006) 0300120486

69 AD: The Year of Four Emperors by Gwyn Morgan (Dec 1, 2005)

Cleopatra's Kidnappers: How Caesars Sixth Legion Gave Egypt to Rome and Rome to Caesar by Stephen Dando-Collins (Oct 28, 2005)

Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome by Stephen Dando-Collins (Sep 27, 2004)

Mark Antony's Heroes: How the Third Gallica Legion Saved an Apostle and Created an Emperor by Stephen Dando-Collins (Nov 3, 2006)

Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable 14th Legion by Stephen Dando-Collins (Aug 18, 2006)

A History of the Later Roman Empire, AD 284-641: The Transformation of the Ancient World (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) by Stephen Mitchell (Sep 1, 2006) 

Rome's Gothic Wars: From the Third Century to Alaric (Key Conflicts of Classical Antiquity) by Michael Kulikowski (Oct 30, 2006)

Attila: The Barbarian King Who Challenged Rome by John Man (Jul 11, 2006)


Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World by Justin Marozzi (Feb 22, 2006)

The Fourth Crusade: And The Sack of Constantinople by Jonathan Phillips (Jun 7, 2005)

Crusades: The Illustrated History by Thomas F. Madden (Sep
12, 2005

God's War: A New History of the Crusades by Christopher Tyerman (Oct 27, 2006)

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Special Features

  • Ancient/Medieval Fiction -- These titles, recommended by the Fanatici, help bring the history alive.
  • Board Games -- Military/strategy games that can provide settings for DBA battles.
  • Osprey Military History Imprints -- A collection of the ancient and medieval titles from Osprey's military history series (Men-at-Arms, Elite, Warrior, Campaigns and Special Editions).
  • Music to DBA By -- A collection of CD titles (mostly movie soundtracks so far) with music to inspire ancient/medieval gamers.
  • Book Reviews by Paul Rice -- A fellow Fanatici reviews books of interest to the ancient/medieval gamers and history buff.
  • Inspirational Movies --Movies (in VHS and/or DVD formats) especially selected by Fanaticus members as inspirational viewing for ancient and medieval wargamers.
  • Usborn Historical Cut-Out Models -- put and paste detailed models ranging from Greek temples to Roman forts to Medieval villages and Crusader castles.
  • Popular Books & Movies -- Not history, but inspirational and entertaining nevertheless

Other Recent Additions

The Battle That Stopped Rome: Emperor Augustus, Arminius, and the Slaughter of the Legions in the Teutoburg Forest by Peter S. Wells (Norton, Oct. 2003).

The Complete Roman Army by Adrian Goldsworthy (Thames & Hudson, Oct. 2003).

Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World (3000 B.C. to 500 A.D.): Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics by Simon Anglim, Ed. (St. Martins Press, Jan. 2003).

The Wars of the Ancient Greeks by Victor Davis Hanson (Cassell Academic, May 2002).

Medieval Mercenaries: The Great Companies by Kenneth Fowler (Blackwell, Jan. 2001).

Medieval Scandinavian Armies 1100-1300 by David Lindholm and David Nicolle (Men-at-Arms 396) (Osprey, Aug. 2003).

The German Peasants War 1524-1526 by Douglas Miller (Men-at-Arms 384) (Osprey, Oct. 2003)

Medieval Scandinavian Armies 1300-1500 by David Nicolle (Men-at-Arms 399) (Osprey, Oct. 2003). (forthcoming)

First Crusade 1096-1099 by David Nicolle (Campaign 132) (Osprey, October 2003) (forthcoming)

First Crusader: Byzantium's Holy Wars by Geoffrey Regan (Palgrave MacMillan, April 2003).

Teutonic Knights: A Military History, by William Urban (Greenhill, Feb. 2003).

Sparta and Lakonia: A Regional History 1300-362 BC, by Paul Cartledge (Routledge, Dec. 2001).

The Spartans: The World of the Warrior Heroes of Ancient Greece, from Utopia to Crisis and Collapse by Paul Cartledge (Overlook, May 2003).

The Peloponnesian War, by Donald Kagan (Viking Press, May 2003).

The Early Slavs: Culture and Society in Early Medieval Eastern Europe by P. M. Barford (Cornell Univ., Nov. 2001).

Dictionary of Ancient & Medieval Warfare by Matthew Bennett (Stackpole, September 2001). Mini-review by Chris Milne (a.k.a. Greedo): "The main reason I picked this up is because reading through the army lists of DBA, and reading postings on the Forum, I quite often had no idea what people were talking about; such as the Sassanids, not a clue who they were. Various battles, definitions of weapons or particular civilizations, tactics, generals etc. This dictionary explains all of them!"

War and Society in Ancient Mesoamerica by Ross Hassig (University of California, Dec. 1992). Mini-review by Alan Saunders "This would appear to be THE book on the subject, covering a number of DBA lists (and some peoples who have yet to have one). It's a very 'wargames relevant' book, with some interesting bits throughout on how various armies could have been structured based on the weapons they used."


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