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A beautiful colour hardcover dictionary from 1968 that offers a good collection of medieval knightly terminology, with a focus on tournaments and the later medieval period. The illustrations are very well done and, for my eye, quite historically accurate. Many are embellished 'copies' of historical etchings, effigies, and manuscript illustrations. The ...
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—Updated Oct 28, 2008



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After all these years, I finally bought and read this book. For me, it was probably the most referenced book that I hadn't read. I admit, I was surprised when I read it. It is not the tome I expected. It is succinct, current, and an easy and quick read. It provides insight in conducting battles and war that is immeasurable and, though it was written by ...
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—Updated Oct 28, 2008



Blood Red Roses: The Archaeology of a Mass Grave from the Battle of Towton AD 1461, second edition
by Veronica Fiorato, Anthea Boylston, Christopher Knusel

The Battle of Towton in North Yorkshire, fought during the Wars of the Roses, was reputedly the bloodiest battle ever seen on English soil. In 1996 a mass grave of ...

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For me, this book goes hand-in-hand with 'Armour from the Battle of Wisby' in terms of offering insight into a battle that otherwise would likely not have been as well covered or understood. The photos are unnerving, and when combined with the analysis give tremendous insight into the wound pathology of the period, as well as the hard reality of what it ...
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—Updated Oct 28, 2008



Armour from the Battle of Wisby: 1361
by Bengt Thordeman

On a hot July day in 1361, 1,300 poorly armed men stood their ground to defend their city of Wisby against the pressure of King Waldemar. Unfortunately, the ...

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This book is hard not to keep picking up, even though I've had it in my library for quite a while now. It is morbidly fascinating, and offers an insite into a battle, a period, and a geography I knew little about before reading this book. It has been critiqued by people much more informed than I, so I won't do that. Instead, I'll let myArmoury readers ...
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—Updated Oct 28, 2008



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A great period piece dated circa 1400 that is really a side-by-side text - the original on the left page, the "translation" on the right. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight has been translated many times over the years, but this is the most recent. The author tried something different than other translators in that, where the original text rhymed, he rhymed, ...
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—Updated Apr 12, 2008



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This book was written in the late 1300's and translated into "modern english" in the mid 1960's by J.F. Goodridge. I don't dare write a review of this 600 year old classic, so instead I'll quote from the dust jacket:

"Piers the Ploughman, the work of an unknown minor cleric of the late fourteenth century, ws perhaps the most widely read work ...
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—Updated Mar 30, 2008



Arms & Armor of the Medieval Knight: An Illustrated History of Weaponry in the Middle Ages
by David Edge, John Miles Paddock

More than two hundred illustrations trace the development of medieval arms from their crude beginnings to the beautiful ceremonial armor of the Renaissance

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I am really enjoying this book - it has a great collection of photos and the text is well written, interesting, and loaded with accurate information. A great reference book.
—Updated Mar 29, 2008



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My copy is an 1894 edition published by George Bell & Sons in London. This is a classic, 600 page collection of drawings, descriptions, and classifications of arms and armour "from the earliest period to the present time", and includes significant historical text. It includes plate after plate of drawings of effigies, engravings, and arms and armour from ...
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—Updated Mar 28, 2008



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My copy is a 1915 reprint of the 1908 Everyman's Library first edition. This is one of my favourite books, for two reasons. First, these are actual memoirs from two very different crusaders, and that makes it a rare crusades book. Second, these memoirs were translated into "modern" English in 1908, which I think adds to their character and (with ...
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—Updated Mar 28, 2008



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My copy is a 1906 first edition published by Blacks of London, and is in great condition. This particular book is unique becuase it came from the private collection of George Cosmatos after he passed away (director of Zorba the Greek, Rambo). It is a wonderful book on both the history of Constantinople as well as a rare insight into the City at the turn ...
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—Updated Mar 28, 2008



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