The Archaeology of Weapons

Arms and Armor from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry

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Author: R. Ewart Oakeshott

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486292885

Category: History

Page: 358

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British arthority on medieval weapons surveys European arms and armor from the Bronze Age to the time of triumph of gunpowder.

The Archaeology of Weapons

Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry

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Author: Ewart Oakeshott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780851157382

Category: Social Science

Page: 358

View: 2079

A history of arms and armour in Europe from pre-history to the 15th century.

The Archaeology of Weapons

Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry

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Author: Ewart Oakeshott

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Incorporated

ISBN: 9780851155593

Category: Social Science

Page: 358

View: 1865

This volume traces the development of European arms and armour from around 2000 BC to 1500 AD, with particular emphasis on the Middle Ages. It draws on a variety of sources, to show how changes were wrought by the use of new materials or by the ever-shifting demands of war and fashion.

A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor

in All Countries and in All Times

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Author: George Cameron Stone

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486131297

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 694

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DIVIndispensable resource employs alphabetized, easy-to-use format. Arquebuses, flintlocks, and other antique guns appear here, along with German armor, Roman short swords, Turkish crossbows, much more. Over 4,500 individual photos and drawings, 875 detailed figures. /div

A Knight and His Weapons

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780802312990

Category: History

Page: 124

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Take an engaging journey back in time, when battles were fought with swords, lances, maces, and an array of well-crafted devices that could be elegant and ornate, brutal and efficient, or both. This accessible, lively, and informative book explores many facets of the medieval world of weaponry. Did you know, for instance, that in the fifteenth century "fight books" with drawings guided knights in the proper use of weapons? That the average medieval warrior became a full-fledged fighter by the time he was fifteen years old? Or that armor made by a master could, by modern standards, cost the price of a Rolls Royce?

Jousting in Medieval and Renaissance Iberia

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Author: Noel Fallows

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 1843835940

Category: History

Page: 541

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This book traces the rise and fall of the joust in Iberia, between the late fourteenth and late sixteenth centuries, when it was supplanted by the more innocuous cane game and the spectacle of the bull-run. It focuses on three jousting treatises written by practising champions at the time: Ponc de Menaguerra's Lo Cavaller (`The Knight', 1493); Juan Quijada de Reayo's Doctrina del arte de la cavalleria (`Doctrine of the Art of Chivalry, 1548); and Luiz Zapata's Del Justador (`Of the Jouster', c.1589-93). It presents editions, with the first English translation, of these important texts, together with introductions and analytical study; there are also chapters on the arms and armour of the joust. It is richly illustrated with nearly 200 colour and black and white illustrations, many never previously published, which illuminate the sometimes complex technical terminology used by these authors, and provide further evidence of how weapons and armour were actually used. Noel Fallows is Professor of Spanish and Associate Dean, University of Georgia.

The Sword in the Age of Chivalry

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Author: Ewart Oakeshott

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 9780851157153

Category: History

Page: 146

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A comprehensive history and typology of the European knightly sword from c.1050 to c.1550, that draws on evidence from literature and art as well as from archaeology.

Records of the Medieval Sword

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Author: Ewart Oakeshott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780851155661

Category: Art

Page: 306

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An extensive and thorough study of the origins, development and usage of the glamorous two-edged knightly sword of the European middle ages, with a complete typology. Spanning the period from the great migrations to the Renaissance, this book presents a selection from a very large body of photographs and research and gives a full and detailed record of the swords of that turbulent time.

Arms and Armor in the Art Institute of Chicago

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Author: Walter J Karcheski (Jr.)

Publisher: Art Inst of Chicago Museum Shop

ISBN: N.A

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 128

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Written by arms and armor specialist Walter J. Karcheski, Jr., the text delves into a world where feudalism and the institution of knighthood prevailed and where arms and armor played a crucial role. Karcheski traces the development and craftsmanship of these magnificent suits and weapons throughout the centuries and discusses the armor developed for use in battle as well as that made specifically for tournaments, hunting, and pageantry. Additionally, he explores the craftsmen's guilds and the production and decoration of armor.

All Things Medieval: An Encyclopedia of the Medieval World [2 volumes]

An Encyclopedia of the Medieval World

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Author: Ruth A Johnston

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 031336463X

Category: History

Page: 790

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This insightful survey of the "things" of medieval Europe allows modern readers to understand what they looked like, what they were made of, how they were created, and how they were used. • Provides information on a comprehensive range of topics from agriculture to zoos, and also includes books, castles, minstrels, clothing and universities • Provides bibliographic lists of suggested reading following each entry, with a full bibliography at the end • Appropriate for both high school and lower-level undergraduate students

A Knight and His Castle

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Author: R. Ewart Oakeshott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780802312945

Category: History

Page: 126

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Traces the design, building, and defense of castles throughout medieval Europe, and describes the daily life of a knight.

The Book of the Sword

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Author: Richard Francis Burton

Publisher: London,n : Chatto & Windus

ISBN: N.A

Category: Arms and armor

Page: 299

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Swords and Hilt Weapons

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Author: Michael D. Coe

Publisher: Prion Books

ISBN: 9781853758829

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 239

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Swords and Hilt Weapons presents nearly 4,000 years of sword-making from around the world, from the Bronze Age to World War II. Written by a distinguished team of specialists and scholars, it provides an expert appraisal of the weapons along with richly laid out historical context and background detail. Fully illustrated with photographs and art reproductions, this unique survey covers a vast body of superb craftsmanship, and is essential for weapons enthusiasts, collectors, and lovers of military history and fine art.

A History of the Laws of War: Volume 2

The Customs and Laws of War with Regards to Civilians in Times of Conflict

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Author: Alexander Gillespie

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1847318401

Category: Law

Page: 324

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This unique new work of reference traces the origins of the modern laws of warfare from the earliest times to the present day. Relying on written records from as far back as 2400 BCE, and using sources ranging from the Bible to Security Council Resolutions, the author pieces together the history of a subject which is almost as old as civilisation itself. The author shows that as long as humanity has been waging wars it has also been trying to find ways of legitimising different forms of combatants and ascribing rules to them, protecting civilians who are either inadvertently or intentionally caught up between them, and controlling the use of particular classes of weapons that may be used in times of conflict. Thus it is that this work is divided into three substantial parts: Volume 1 on the laws affecting combatants and captives; Volume 2 on civilians; and Volume 3 on the law of arms control. This second book on civilians examines four different topics. The first topic deals with the targetting of civilians in times of war. This discussion is one which has been largely governed by the developments of technologies which have allowed projectiles to be discharged over ever greater areas, and attempts to prevent their indiscriminate utilisation have struggled to keep pace. The second topic concerns the destruction of the natural environment, with particular regard to the utilisation of starvation as a method of warfare, and unlike the first topic, this one has rarely changed over thousands of years, although contemporary practices are beginning to represent a clear break from tradition. The third topic is concerned with the long-standing problems of civilians under the occupation of opposing military forces, where the practices of genocide, collective punishments and/or reprisals, and rape have occurred. The final topic in this volume is about the theft or destruction of the property of the enemy, in terms of either pillage or the intentional devastation of the cultural property of the opposition. As a work of reference this set of three books is unrivalled, and will be of immense benefit to scholars and practitioners researching and advising on the laws of warfare. It also tells a story which throws fascinating new light on the history of international law and on the history of warfare itself. 'The law impacts on modern military operations at all levels. The importance of understanding the influence of international law, and the constraints, which it places upon the conduct of armed conflict, is an essential area of study. Dr Alexander Gillespie's three volume work traces the development and scope of this law from the earliest times through the modern day. In doing so he identifies constant themes and common principles in the law, as well, unfortunately, as all too common breaches. Commanders and historians, as well as lawyers, will find this book of great value. It is written in a practical and useful style and brings to light many fascinating examples of the law at work in times of war from which contemporary lessons can be learned'. Brigadier Kevin Riordan, Director General of Defence Legal Services for the New Zealand Defence Forces. 'The span of scholarship on offer in these volumes is astonishingÂ?an extraordinary gathering of historical and legal materials many of which record the most sombre and tragic events of human history - war in all its terrible forms.' Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand 'At a time of real challenge, Alexander Gillespie is to be commended for his monumental and significant contribution to our understanding of the context, practice and principles that govern war and armed conflict. This vital book is an indispensable part of any library, and will be a necessary resource for governments, NGOs, international organisers, academics and lawyers involved in the issues.' Professor Philippe Sands QC, University College London 'This is a comprehensive and comprehensible account of the laws of, against and about war. It is both authoritative and accessible - Alexander Gillespie's great achievement is to provide a map for a better future, in which the inevitable horrors of armed conflict are recognised and minimised, and those who instigate them unlawfully are punished by international courts. This is a must-read for all concerned to ensure that war laws do not end up in the graveyard of good words.' Geoffrey Robertson QC, founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, author of Crimes Against Humanity (Penguin and The New Press)

Weapons and Fighting Techiniques of the Medieval Warrior

1000-1500 AD

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Author: Martin J. Dougherty

Publisher: Chartwell Books

ISBN: 0785834257

Category: History

Page: 224

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Weapons and Fighting Techniques of the Medieval warrior offers an highly-illustrated fact-filled introduction to the weaponry and fighting methods of the Middles Ages. Divided into four chapters, the main types of Medieval warrior are covered separately: mounted knights, foot soldiers, missile troops and siege engineers and sappers. The popular image of the mounted knight dominating the battlefields of Medieval warfare was far more compelled. Although rarely celebrated in Medieval art or literature, the weapons, technology, and techniques of the ordinary foot soldiers, such as the longbow men and pike-armed landsknechts, had a revolutionary impact on the development of warfare in the middle ages. Disciplined groups of archers were able to defeat better-armored and numerically superior forces of noble knights at battles such as Crecy (1346) and Agincourt (1415), while the development of tightly packed formations of pikemen came to definite military encounters from the early fifteenth century. More significantly, the introduction of gunpowder weapons in the mid fifteenth century had a fundamentally democratizing effect on the way battles were fought and ended the power of heavily-armored cavalry. Written in an accessible style for the non-expert, the book shows how the development of new weapons technology and techniques came to change the face of European warfare from 1,000 to 1,500 AD.

The Book of the Sword

A History of Daggers, Sabers, and Scimitars from Ancient Times to the Modern Day

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Author: Richard Francis Burton

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1628738472

Category: History

Page: 336

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“The history of the sword,” the author writes in his introduction, “is the history of humanity.” For centuries, the sword has been a symbol of power, strength, liberty, and courage. In the Middle Ages, the image of a sword was used to signify the word of God. Nearly every culture in history has forged blades from stone or steel to fight in times of battle and protect in times of peace. In this groundbreaking work, Richard Francis Burton, explorer, translator, scholar, and swordsman, draws on a wealth of linguistic, archaeological, and literary sources to trace the millennia-old history of the sword. From its earliest days as a charred, sharpened stick to the height of craftsmanship in the modern era, the sword has been the weapon of choice for warriors of all stripes. In eloquent, captivating prose, Burton describes: • Dirks • Daggers • Knives • Sabers • Cutlasses • The origin of the weapon • The weapons of the age of wood • The Copper Age of weapons • The Iron Age of weapons • The sword in ancient Egypt • The sword in ancient Greece • And more Nearly three hundred line drawings enhance Burton’s richly detailed text. Any reader of history or student of weaponry will find this book a fascinating, highly enjoyable read.

Warrior

A Visual History of the Fighting Man

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Author: R. G. Grant

Publisher: Dk Pub

ISBN: 9780756665418

Category: History

Page: 360

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Chronicles the evolution of warriors from around the world from 600 BCE to the present, exploring their tactics, means of transportation and housing, and training and discussing the armor, weapons, and gear they used.

My Adventures as a Spy

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Author: Robert Baden-Powell

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486320456

Category: History

Page: 96

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This charming volume for younger readers, written during World War I by a British military hero, relates the basics of espionage — including disguise, passing messages, creating diversions, and other maneuvers.

European Weapons and Armour

From the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution

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Author: Ewart Oakeshott

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 184383720X

Category: History

Page: 288

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The story of arms in Western Europe from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution.

Arms and Armour of Late Medieval Europe

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Author: Robert C. Woosnam-Savage

Publisher: Arms and Armour Series

ISBN: 9780948092770

Category: Armor, Medieval

Page: 96

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The idea of late medieval arms and armour often conjures up images of lumbering warriors, clad in heavy plate armour, hacking away at with each other with enormous weapons - depictions perpetuated in both bad literature and bad movies. In this book, internationally-renowned edged weapons expert Robert Woosnam-Savage describes the brutal reality of personal protection and attack in the so-called age of chivalry'. From Bannockburn to Bosworth, Poitiers to Pavia, this book is an indispensable introduction to an iconic era.