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Exceptional book on pole arms. In Italian. Great pics and info if you are able to translate.
—Updated May 24, 2017



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Very good overview of examples from the period.
—Updated Aug 2, 2016



Sword in Hand: A History of the Medieval Sword
by Ewart Oakeshott

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Quite simply the story of the Medieval sword as told by the great Ewart Oakeshott. A great read for all levels of study and one that only Mr. Oakeshott could have written.
—Updated Feb 1, 2010



Records of the Medieval Sword
by Ewart Oakeshott

Forty years of intensive research into the specialised subject of the straight two-edged knightly sword of the European middle ages are contained in this classic ...

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This book encapsulates a review of the swords Mr. Oakeshott had contact with and where important in the development of his studies of the Medieval sword. It is a great way to gain insight into the important pieces that had influence on his theories of the swords development and highlights some exceptional swords.

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—Updated Feb 1, 2010



Duellists Companion: A training manual for 17th century Italian rapier
by Guy Windsor

A modern training manual for the 17th century rapier, lavishly illustrated with over 400 photographs, the Duellist's Companion is a complete training system for ...

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A great introduction to the use of the rapier. This is a must for anyone starting to learn the use of the rapier as it was in past. While learning a physical activity from a book can be a challenge this is one of the rare books that allows one to make good strides in ones development when used as a guide.
—Updated Feb 1, 2010



Heroic Armor of the Italian Renaissance Filippo Negroli and His Contemporaries
by Stuart W. Pyhrr, Jose-A. Godoy

The second quarter of the sixteenth century witnessed the emergence of a new fashion of armor design based on the forms and ornament found in classical art. ...

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This is a book for those who are interested in armor in an in depth way. It has some great detail looks and discussions of some of the most famous armors ever made and those who made them. The book was done in conjunction with an exhibition at the Met that was one of the best armor displays I have ever seen. The book is quite in depth and has a great amount ...
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—Updated May 6, 2007



The Royal Armoury at Greenwich 1515-1649: A History of Its Technology (Royal Armouries Monograph)
by Alan Williams, Anthony de Reuck

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This small book is one of the best places to start if you are interested in the material properties of the metal used for armor and how the medieval and Renaissance armor industry used that material to produce the armor of the period.

It goes into a bit of depth on the make up of the iron/steel used by period smiths and is a good source for ...
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—Updated May 6, 2007



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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A classic of the overview books, few pack as much quality info in the same space.
—Updated Jul 14, 2006



The Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
by R. Ewart Oakeshott

Premodern weapons of war receive a tremendously detailed and thorough accounting in this volume — the work of a noted authority on medieval arms in Europe. ...

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One of the first steps one should take on their study of the sword.
—Updated Jul 14, 2006









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