Greatest general of the middle ages

Apr 2019
67
United States
#11
Like the poster above me said, you might get more interesting answers if you are more specific in your time period/region. The High and Late Medieval Eras were disproportionally dominated by Middle Eastern and Central Asian generals, while the Early Medieval Era was more evenly spread, with a greater focus on European and Roman generals. As such, I'll divide it into two distinct lists: Early Medieval, and High and Late Medieval. I'll also be listing them chronologically rather than based on a ranking.

Early Medieval (476 - 1066):
Narses (478 - 573)
Belisarius (500 - 565)
Maurice (539 - 602)
Heraclius (575 - 641)
Khalid Ibn al-Walid (585 - 642)
Charles Martel (688 - 741)
Charlemagne (742 - 814)
Otto the Great (912 - 973)
John Tzimiskes (925 - 976)
Basil the Bulgar-Slayer (957 - 1025)
Tughril (990 - 1063)

High and Late Medieval (1067 - 1453)
Robert Guiscard (1015 - 1085)
Alp Arslan (1029 - 1072)
El Cid (1043 - 1099)
Saladin (1137 - 1193)
Richard the Lionheart (1157 - 1199)
Genghis Khan (1162 - 1227)
Subutai (1175 - 1248)
Baibars (1223 - 1277)
Edward the Black Prince (1330 - 1376)
Timur (1336 - 1405)
Henry V (1386 - 1422)
Jan Žižka (1360 - 1424)
John Hunyadi (1406 - 1456)
Kublai Khan also maybe?
 
Sep 2013
608
Ontario, Canada
#12
I think Genghis Khan tops the list. Then Khalid ib al-Walid, then Subutai, then Belisarius, then Frederick II who put the Holy Roman Empire to its greatest extent.
 
Feb 2019
259
California
#13
Like the poster above me said, you might get more interesting answers if you are more specific in your time period/region. The High and Late Medieval Eras were disproportionally dominated by Middle Eastern and Central Asian generals, while the Early Medieval Era was more evenly spread, with a greater focus on European and Roman generals. As such, I'll divide it into two distinct lists: Early Medieval, and High and Late Medieval. I'll also be listing them chronologically rather than based on a ranking.

Early Medieval (476 - 1066):
Narses (478 - 573)
Belisarius (500 - 565)
Maurice (539 - 602)
Heraclius (575 - 641)
Khalid Ibn al-Walid (585 - 642)
Charles Martel (688 - 741)
Charlemagne (742 - 814)
Otto the Great (912 - 973)
John Tzimiskes (925 - 976)
Basil the Bulgar-Slayer (957 - 1025)
Tughril (990 - 1063)

High and Late Medieval (1067 - 1453)
Robert Guiscard (1015 - 1085)
Alp Arslan (1029 - 1072)
El Cid (1043 - 1099)
Saladin (1137 - 1193)
Richard the Lionheart (1157 - 1199)
Genghis Khan (1162 - 1227)
Subutai (1175 - 1248)
Baibars (1223 - 1277)
Edward the Black Prince (1330 - 1376)
Timur (1336 - 1405)
Henry V (1386 - 1422)
Jan Žižka (1360 - 1424)
John Hunyadi (1406 - 1456)

Sticking to the High Middle Ages:

1. G. Khan
2. Timur
3. Rickie Lionheart

Overall Belisarius takes the prize.
 
Feb 2019
259
California
#17
I considered consulting Wiki re "high" vs. late but am too lazy (this is a hobby, not my job lol).

I am guessing that the high Mid Ages must have (or should have if you've read Tuchman's "A Distant Mirror") ended right around 1300.....