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As is usual with Osprey books that Angus Mcbride illustrated the pictures in this one are very good. There is also a pretty decent bit of information on the organization of the Byzantine Army during the period.
—Updated Oct 14, 2005



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Both the illustrations and content of this book are very general. An attempt to put to much into too small a volume in my opinion.
—Updated Oct 14, 2005



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As is usual with Osprey books this one is a cursory view of the subject however the illustrations in this one are good with a nice amount of detail. It also introduces some of Maximillians more important reforms that lead to the creation of Lansknecht armies and talks about the activities of landsknechts after Maximillian's death.
—Updated Oct 14, 2005



1066: The Year of the Conquest
by David Howarth

The year 1066 is one of the most important dates in the history of the Western world: the year William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings ...

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A good in depth look at conditions and historical overview of events in the year 1066. This book has some fascinating theories on the psychology of the battle of hastings as well.
—Updated Oct 11, 2005



The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium, An Englishman's World
by Robert Lacey, Danny Danziger

As the Shadow of the Millennium Descended Across England and Christendom, it Seemed as if the World was About to End. Actually, it was Only the Beginning... Welcome ...

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This book is a nice snapshot of what life was like in the year 1000. It's not a comprehensive book but more like "a day in the life of." It's a decent buy for the price.
—Updated Oct 11, 2005



A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age
by William Manchester

From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle Ages. In ...

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A decent historical overview at a cheap price.
—Updated Oct 11, 2005



Anglo-Saxon Thegn AD 449-1066 (Warrior)
by Mark Harrison

The collapse of Roman rule in Britain was not so much a sudden catastrophe as a long and drawn-out decline. The 'Celtic' Britons retreated gradually to the highland ...

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The Elite series are the best of the Osprey titles in my opinion. There's a lot of good information in this small volume.
—Updated Oct 10, 2005



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Not a lot of revolutionary information here, but some absolutely superb color photographs not seen in many other sources.
—Updated Oct 10, 2005



Swords of the Viking Age
by Ian Peirce

This new work fills a vacuum in English language studies of the swords made and used in northern Europe during the Viking Age, from the mid-eighth through to the ...

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An absolutely outstanding book. It's the only book on Viking Swords I own and I really wonder if I need another... There is a wealth of information about individual swords and viking swords as a whole that can be gleaned from this book. If you are only going to have one book on the era make it this one!
—Updated Oct 10, 2005



The Sword in the Age of Chivalry
by Ewart Oakeshott

The resplendent image of the medieval knight is symbolised by his sword, a lethal weapon on the battlefield and a badge of chivalry in that complex social code. ...

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This is bar none my favorite Oakeshott work. In it he provides a detailed listing of his typologies for blades, pommels and crosses and fills us in on many of the other details of his studies. The only downside is that even in this book the typologies are not as clear as they could be and he neglects to define some of the very important technical aspects ...
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—Updated Oct 10, 2005



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