Synopses & Reviews
From a life-long student of the medieval long sword and medieval history comes a comprehensive overview of the Age of the Knights. Jones shows that behind the popular image of the knight in shining armor lies a world that is both more complex and more fascinating. Were knights glory-seeking, bloodthirsty thugs that lay ravage to the Holy Land or simple Christians serving their king? Jones explores the myths and controversies behind their battle-effectiveness and chivalric code. He also examines knighthood as a "career path" and investigates the role of the knight in law and justice. Lavishly illustrated and drawing on rare first-hand accounts, this book reveals the world of the knight in all its tarnished glory.
About the Author
Robert Jones is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, and a part-time lecturer in medieval history at Cardiff University. His book Brazen Armour and Bloodied Banners: Martial Display on the Medieval Battlefield was published by Boydell & Brewer in 2010. He has also written various papers for academic journals including the Journal for Medieval Military History. A military historian and wargamer of over 20 years, with interests in all periods from ancient through to modern, he specialises in the medieval period. A long-time member of the Sealed Knot English Civil Wars re-enactment society, he is also a student of the medieval longsword and 16th-century rapier as a Western martial art, studying with the Messengers group based in Swindon.