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Arms and armor in the age of chivalry: [translated from the Italian ; photographs by G. Dagli Orti ; drawings by M. Logli] ; (Color Treasury Library)
by Aldo G Cimarelli

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This book's text is fairly brief, and perhaps a bit out of date, but it's really more of a picture book. This book has example of armor photos not always seen in other works. It is a rich resource for late medieval and Renaissance armour. It also includes some photos of eastern arms and armour, including Indian and Japanese. While not an in-depth study ...
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—Updated Feb 15, 2007 :: 1 of 1 members found this review helpful



Longbow: A Social and Military History
by Robert Hardy

This revised and expanded edition chronicles the history of the longbow from the earliest known example used 8000 years ago, through its coming of age at the ...

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This is one of the premier books about the longbow. It covers its history and use, and also has construction about construction and men of the bow. It also has some interesting appendices regarding technical information, including arrow penetration of plate. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the longbow.
—Updated Feb 3, 2007 :: 1 of 1 members found this review helpful



Ancient Weapons in Britain
by Logan Thompson

Few accounts of ancient warfare have looked at how the weapons were made and how they were actually used in combat. Logan Thompson's pioneering survey traces the ...

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I recomment this book because it pulls together a lot of previous research regarding Dark Age Weapons. It covers an interesting array of topics, including Germanic swords of the Migration Period, types of scramasaxes, a brief discussion of Viking sword typologies, and Wheeler's axe typology. It also includes some very nice illustrations, including some ...
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—Updated Jan 25, 2007 :: 1 of 1 members found this review helpful



The Book of The Medieval Knight
by Stephen Turnbull

Fearless in battle, gracious in victory, knights lived their lives on a heroic scale, during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Vividly retold with superb ...

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This book is an enjoyable and lavishly illustrated overview of knighthood and battles in England and France from the time of Edward III up to the Battle of Bosworth. The information regarding arms and armour is rather sparse, since the book concerns itself more with general military history. The title is rather misleading, since this book is more about ...
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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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This is one of the most valuable resources covering the practical aspects of the crossbow that I have run across. It contains chapters about the history of the crossbow and different style of crossbow, but where this book really shines is in the constructional details of a crossbow. There are several sections devoted to building a crossbow, complete with ...
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—Updated Nov 7, 2006 :: 1 of 1 members found this review helpful



Arms, Armies and Fortifications in the Hundred Years War
by Anne Curry

This collection of essays offers recent research on aspects of the Hundred Years War. It opens with a general review of battle tactics, concentrating on the great ...

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This is a fairly recent book about different military themes of the Hundred Years War, so the information is somewhat up to date. The book is arranged as a series of articles or large essays, each by a different author. It's a fairly scholarly work, but not too inaccessible. It contains some different information, including chapters about the war in ...
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—Updated Nov 7, 2006



The Art of Warfare in Western Europe during the Middle Ages from the Eighth Century (Warfare in History)
by J.F. Verbruggen

Warfare is a major feature of the history of the middle ages, but its study has often been the province of amateurs; only recently have the technical details of ...

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This work is a fairly decent overview of the military history of the middle ages. The book contains a chapter about the knight, including his equipment, training, customs, discipline, the standard, and tactics. ANother chapter deals with the rise of the importance of the foot soldiers in the 14th century. There are also chapters about general tactics and ...
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Battle Dress: A Gallery of Military Style and Ornament
by Frederick John Wilkinson

Illustrated, b&w photographs throughout and 32 full color plates of uniforms.

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This is a decent overview of armour, uniforms, medals and other military accoutrements. It covers a vast period, from the ancient world up to World War II. Unlike some works, it also includes a chapter about "Oriental Armour". The book is geared toward the collector, so the later chapters offer a bit more information. Still, all chapters are ...
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—Updated Nov 7, 2006



Armies of the Crusades (Men at Arms Series, 75)
by Terence Wise

In the early crusades men of all ranks from all over Europe took the cross and went to fight Islam as volunteers. Some went out of religious fervour, others to ...

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I recommend this book, but only as a supplement to other sources. This is an alright Osprey title, with colour plates a bit less speculative than some. The information in the text is okay, but brief, like all Osprey titles. Be warned, even though most of the photos are useful, a few show questionable materials (and it states as much in the caption), and ...
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—Updated Nov 7, 2006



The Battle of Bannockburn 1314
by Aryeh Nusbacher

The Battle of Bannockburn 1314

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This is an interesting history of the battle of Bannockburn. It includes sections about the leaders, the armies, the geographic location of the battlefield, and the course of events. The section about the English army contains information about arms and armour, but some of the details may be questionable. There are some decent black-and-white photos, and ...
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—Updated Nov 7, 2006



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