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War Cruel and Sharp: English Strategy under Edward III, 1327-1360 (Warfare in History)
by Clifford J. Rogers

Contemporaries considered Edward III of England "the wisest and shrewdest warrior in the world", but he has not fared so well in the estimation of modern ...

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An interesting and well thought out account of the campaigns of Edward 111 which proposes a more positive view of the strategic use of the chevauchee than has been customary in much previous writing about the military ability of Edward 111.
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A Companion to Medieval Arms and Armour

A Companion to Medieval Arms and Armour covers the entire period from the fifth to the fifteenth century, a thousand years which saw huge changes in military ...

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An interesting and well written collection of chapters each of which looks at a specific area of interest, with an emphasis on the less commonplace. I particularly like the chapter on the Islamic heavy maces. There is also some interesting material on Byzantine padded ...
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—Updated Jul 18, 2006 :: 1 of 1 members found this review helpful



The Book of the Crossbow: With an Additional Section on Catapults and Other Siege Engines (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
by Ralph Payne-Gallwey

One of the most devastating weapons of the Middle Ages, the crossbow fired a 12-inch bolt capable of piercing all but the strongest armor. This fascinating ...

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Reprint of the classic book on the crossbow. I own a copy and I don't even like crossbows.
It's only small failing is that Payne-Gallwey attributes the invention of the crossbow to the Romans,
showing a Eurocentric cultural bias not uncommon amongst ...
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An interesting and well thought out account of the campaigns of Edward 111 which proposes a more positive view of the strategic use of the chevauchee than has been customary in much previous writing about the military ability of Edward 111.
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Down Channel
by R. T. McMullen

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, ...

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Paperback reprint of the sailing classic by an original "Corinthian". An engrossing read even if you are a modern landlubber and find the style and social attitude old fashioned and the detail about knots and ropes and sails somewhat confusing.
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Arabian Sands: Revised Edition (Travel Library)
by Wilfred Thesiger

"Arabian Sands" is Wilfred Thesiger's record of his extraordinary journey through the parched "Empty Quarter" of Arabia. Educated at Eton and Oxford, Thesiger was ...

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Paperback edition of one the classic books by a very singular man. I could think of a lot of things to say about Thesiger, but when I write them down, none of them ring true. More than a "travel book", more a glimpse of something now almost lost.
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Fokker: the creative years
by Alfred Richard Weyl

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AR Weyl's aviation classic, apparently unknown to TV researchers on programmes about the Red Baron and his Fokker triplane, setting the record straight about the myth of Fokker as the designer of the famous types and the synchronised machinegun.
—Updated Jun 13, 2006



The Traditional Bowyer's Bible, Volume 3

The third volume in The Traditional Bowyer's Bible series covers tools, Korean and African archery, bows of the Plains Indians, custom shafts, stone points, and ...

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Excellent.
Be aware that the drawing of the Andaman bow on page 88 is a partial copy of the original drawing and misrepresents the braced bow. What it does show is the reverse braced bow, which is how the Andaman bow was kept when not in use.
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The Traditional Bowyer's Bible, Volume 2

The second volume in The Traditional Bowyer's Bible series covers ancient European bows, Eastern Woodland bows, recurves, strings, steel points, quivers, and much ...

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Excellent.
Be wary of Chapter 4, "Ancient European Bows" which was published before the Fleming Alrune / Errett Callahan work on the Holmegaard. The whole backward bow thing is pretty much a canard based upon non-bowyer interpretations of the artefact, which ...
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The Traditional Bowyer's Bible, Volume 1

The Traditional Bowyer's Bible series includes three essential volumes filled with history, humor, and practical advice. Invaluable information for anyone ...

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Essential reading for anyone interested in making their own bows out of natural materials.
Volume 1 is particularly useful for Tim Baker's Chapter 3, "Design & Performance" and Jim Hamm's Chapter 12, "Tillering".
Be wary of the John Strunk Chapter 4, on ...
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