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The Medieval Art of Swordsmanship: A Facsimile & Translation of Europe's Oldest Personal Combat Treatise, Royal Armouries MS I.33 (Royal Armouries Monograph)
by Dr. Jeffrey L. Forgeng

Jointly Published with the British Royal ArmouriesMedieval fighting has long been thought to be rough and untutored. Visiions of men madly slashing to and fro and ...

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A splendid piece of work, this book makes the sword and buckler treatise MS I33 widely available. As mentioned above, this is not a "Sword and Buckler for Dummies" book - it is the medieval document. Medieval teaching wasn't modern style teaching, so there is a companion book to this one, by Stephen Hand and Paul Wagner. But to evaluate their ...
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—Updated Apr 23, 2007



Mittelalterliche Reiterschild, Der
by Jan Kohlmorgen

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This work is an outstanding book on two levels. It is divided into three parts: the first is a history of the shield, the second is a catalogue of the surviving medieval heater ("knightly") shields, and the third is a manual for building your own shield.

The first section is fairly straightforward. It is illustrated with numerous line ...
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—Updated Oct 18, 2006



Weapons and Warfare in Renaissance Europe: Gunpowder, Technology, and Tactics (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology)
by Bert S. Hall

Winner of the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize from the Canadian Historical AssociationWeapons and Warfare in Renaissance Europe explores the history of gunpowder in ...

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A profoundly important work. Its most outstanding sections are the technological sections on gunpowder itself (which has a history of its own, and impacted gunmaking substantially) and the ballistics of smoothbore weapons. The latter in particular should be better known than it is, as he includes data ranging from advice of medieval gunners up to ...
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—Updated Aug 21, 2006



Daggers and Fighting Knives of the Western World
by Harold L. Peterson

Profusely illustrated, full-scale reference by a leading authority on edged weapons provides a clearly written historical analysis of the entire range of weapons ...

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This is an older work, but very well crafted. It covers a lot of material and is well illustrated. It is also readily available in paperback, so it really should be in the library of anyone with an interest in the subject.
—Updated Aug 21, 2006



Arms & Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350: Islam, Eastern Europe and Asia (Vol 2)
by David Nicolle

This is the second volume in a comprehensive study of military weapons and equipment in the Middle Ages.

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Please refer to my review of the European volume, as these works are identical in construction.
—Updated Nov 10, 2005



Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era 1050-1350: Western Europe and the Crusader States (v. 1)
by David Nicolle

*2,400 illustrations * 3 maps * 8 x 10 * Comprehensive account of weapons and equipment * Covers the forces of major and minor powers This lavishly illustrated ...

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These two books (Europe and non-European) are very valuable for some purposes. The format is this: a brief introduction to the evolution of arms and armour in a certain area (such as Northern France, or Syria), followed by a long list of captions. These captions are linked to the second half of each volume, with a huge number of line drawings of art ...
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—Updated Nov 10, 2005



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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This book may be hard to find. If you can get a hold of it, you should. It is a wonderful survey of medieval arms and armour, with great photography you would find in a coffee-table book. The text covers a huge amount of material in a relatively small space. The best introduction to the subject.
—Updated Nov 5, 2005



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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I rate this work very highly on a couple of grounds. First, it is cheap and readily available, unlike many other well rated works. Second, it is of great historical importance (among us weapon afficianados) since it was one of the earliest works to properly look at weapons and armour, and is the first great work of Oakeshott. It is not the easiest ...
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—Updated Nov 5, 2005



Anglo-Saxon Weapons & Warfare
by Richard Underwood

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This book is aimed at the re-enactor rather than being primarily scholarly. It does an excellent job of its stated task, being well written and profusely illustrated. It is primarily concerned with the equipment rather than the social and military context of warfare (for a deeper examination of those topics I refer you to Stephen Pollington's [b]The ...
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—Updated Nov 5, 2005



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 indeed a classic, but it isn't for everyone. It is an old-fashioned scholarly work, not light reading. The detail is staggering, and may overwhelm a general reader. The section on battle injuries tabulates data on all of the corpses recovered from the battle graves, and charts abnormalities in great detail - such as tables of the number of ...
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—Updated Oct 29, 2005









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