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Medieval Combat: A Fifteenth-Century Illustrated Manual of Swordfighting and Close-Quarter Combat
by Hans Talhoffer, Mark Rector

268 illustrations 6 x 9 This brilliant and attractive new book makes one of the most influential fencing manuals of the middle ages available in English for the ...

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If you are looking for a guide to medieval fencing this book will certainly not be it. This is a ‘bare bones’ translation and apart from a modern introduction, it entirely consists of a series of plates depicting various moves and scenarios which Master Hans Talhoffer describes with rather sparse captions (the original Swabian German text is contained in ...
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—Updated Mar 14, 2010



ORGANIZATION OF WAR UNDER EDWARD III: Foreword by Andrew Ayton
by H.J. Hewitt

H.J. Hewitt's classic study looks beyond the succession of campaigns, marches, raids, sieges and pitched battles that punctuated the long reign of Edward III. He ...

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Rather than looking at medieval combat, this is largely an analysis of the logistical underpinnings of warfare in the 14th Century; during the reign of Edward III. Be advised, this is very much an academic, scholarly work and as such can be a rather dry read at times.

Written in 1966, Hewitt clearly did a considerable amount of research into ...
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—Updated Mar 14, 2010



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Don’t be put off by the title of this book. The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century is not a children’s book as its slightly unusual name might suggest. Its very much an adult introduction to medieval England, and an excellent introduction it is. The book takes the novel approach of being written in ...
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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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Another 'Must have' for any serious student of the Medieval sword. In Records of the medieval Sword, Oakeshott sets out the full and final expression of his sword typology. It builds on Swords in the Age of Chivalry, adding the notion of sword families. The text is perhaps not as in depth as Age of Chivalry, but a good overview of the typology is given ...
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—Updated Aug 10, 2009



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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In my opinion this is a 'must have book' for any student of the sword or medieval military history. In it Oakeshott builds on his earlier works, giving possibly the first full (though not ultimate) exposition of his sword typology. Oakeshott goes into great detail, giving some excellent information. The author is an easy writer to engage with and the text ...
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—Updated Aug 9, 2009









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