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An interesting book that at times becomes a bit too overly apologetic and politically correct in regards to the christian involvment in the crusades. Still, it is a good resource for outlining the chronology and events of the era.
—Updated Nov 7, 2005



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Like the other books in this series this volume is heavily illustrated with high quality color photos. Unfortunately the historical accuracy of the equipment displayed therein is somewhat dubious. As with other books of this kind this one relies heavily on photos of re-enators using re-enactment weapons. Consequently, a close-up photo of a battered and ...
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This book combines several previous Osprey titles into one volumes. The text is fairly good for an Osprey book and a bit more detailed than most. The color plates are well done by the likes of Angus McBride, Richard Hook, and the late Ronald Embleton. A good addition to any Roman library.
—Updated Nov 7, 2005



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As with most coffee table books this one hits the high points without going into a huge amount of detail. It's a good book for the beginner and a worthwhile addition to a larger library due to the inclusion of many large hi-quality photos.
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This book is one of the usual compilations that Osprey often publishes as an attempt to convince the reader that they're getting something new. In fact, this book is a compilation of several older Osprey entries. It features the same high and low points that all Osprey books do. It's worth getting if you don't have the volumes that deal with El Cid, ...
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—Updated Nov 7, 2005



The Book of the Sword: With 293 Illustrations (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
by Sir Richard F. Burton

"The history of the sword is the history of humanity." With these words, British author, Victorian scholar, and world traveler Richard Burton begins his eloquent ...

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Reviewed by Patrick Kelly
Burton's book is worthwhile simply for the fact that it is the 'newest' book written by a man who actually had occasion to use a sword somewhere other than the training hall. Much of it's information on ancient and medieval weapons may seem laughable by todays standards, and Burtons Victorian era prejudices are often off-putting. However, it is a book ...
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An interesting look at the political and financial place of the Knight in medieval England. While this book isn't neccesarily a hardcore book in the arms and armor area it is worthwhile in understanding the Knights place in society.
—Updated Nov 7, 2005



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Any fan of the Osprey books will love this one. As with all Osprey offerings it's a bit light on the historical data but the text does manage to hit the high points. The book is also full of the excellent artistic work of artist Angus McBride (I use the term of artistic excellence due to the fact that at times McBrides work suffers from a bit of ...
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—Updated Nov 7, 2005



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This book is a bit of a disappointment. It is interesting from an historical perspectiive, however, nordic methods of warfare aren't gone into with as much detail as the title would suggest. A good general reference addition to any library but hardly a stand-alone resource.
—Updated Nov 7, 2005



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To say that I am disappointed in this book would be an understatement. In fact, this book could more accurately be described as 'Hastings: what not to do". The book is full of so many fallacies, both literary and visual, that it has no credibility. Examples: Exact figures are given for things such as number of troops in the Norman army and an exact ...
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—Updated Nov 5, 2005



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