Synopses & Reviews
Tremendously detailed and thorough account of premodern weapons of war — from the prehistoric Bronze and Iron Ages and the breakup of the Roman Empire, to the Viking era and the Age of Chivalry. Profusely illustrated with a host of armor and weapons: daggers, longbows, crossbows, helmets, swords, shields, spears and more.
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. Covering a period of 30 centuries, the study, like a richly woven tapestry, vividly describes the development of arms and armor beginning with the weapons of the prehistoric Bronze and Iron Ages, through the breakup of the Roman Empire and the great folk-migrations of the period; the age of the Vikings; and finally, the Age of Chivalry.
Relying on evidence of arms found in bogs, tombs, rivers, excavations, and other sites as well as on contemporary art and literature, the author describes in detail an awesome array of the weapons and accoutrements of war: swords, shields, spears, helmets, daggers, longbows, crossbows, axes, chain mail, plate armor, gauntlets, and much else.
Profusely illustrated with more than 170 of the author's own line drawings and 23 plates depicting many rare and beautiful weapons, this meticulously researched volume will be an indispensable resource for military historians, archaeologists, students of arms and armor, and anyone interested in the weaponry of old."
Detailed study traces 30 centuries of premodern arms and armor: daggers, longbows, crossbows, helmets, swords, spears, shields, more. Indispensable resource.
Tremendously detailed and thorough account of premodern weapons of war from the prehistoric Bronze and Iron Ages and the breakup of the Roman Empire, to the Viking era and the Age of Chivalry.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 351-352) and index.
Table of Contents
Part One THE PREHISTORIC PERIOD
I "THE PITILESS BRONZE"
II IRON COMES TO EUROPE: THE HALLSTATT PEOPLE
III THE GAULS
Part Two THE HEROIC AGE
IV THE GREAT MIGRATIONS
V ROME IN DECLINE: THE GOTHIC CAVALRY
VI THE BOG-DEPOSITS OF DENMARK
VII THE ARMS OF THE MIGRATION PERIOD
Part Three THE VIKINGS
VIII SWORDS IN THE VIKING PERIOD
IX THE VIKINGS AT WAR
X FROM CHARLEMAGNE TO THE NORMANS
Part Four THE AGE OF CHIVALRY
XI "THE "GAY SCIENCE" OF CHIVALRY"
XII "SWORD TYPES AND BLADE INSCRIPTIONS, 1100-1325"
XIII SWORD HILTS AND FITTINGS
XIV THE SWORD IN WEAR
XV "THE COMPLETE ARMING OF A MAN", 1100-1325"
XVI AMOUR AND THE LONGBOW IN THE FOURTEENTH AND FIFTEENTH CENTURIES
XVII SWORDS AND DAGGERS IN THE FOURTEENTH AND FIFTEENTH CENTURIES
Appendix : Four Date-Charts