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Arms and Armour of the Medieval Knight
by David Edge, John Miles Paddock

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This work has often been regarded as THE premier volume of the study of arms and armor. There are plenty of excellent photos of antique weapons and effigies. While the casual reader/hobbyist/novice may find this work a bit too complex at first, this book will prove ...
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—Updated Feb 13, 2007



Over Nine Waves: A Book of Irish Legends

Journalist Marie Heaney skillfully revives the glory of ancient Irish storytelling in this comprehensive volume from the great pre-Christian sequences to the more ...

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This work is a collection of stories of ancient Irish mythology that begin with the Tuatha de Danaan and continues up through the early days of Christianity. This is an easy-to-read novel that remains the best collection of Irish myths I've come across. Many accounts ...
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—Updated Feb 13, 2007



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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This is one of Oakeshott's later works that is essentially a template of his renowned typology. The first several pages are a series of articles about antique swords followed by several pictures of several swords of each type (X thru XXII, including subtypes) which ...
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—Updated Feb 9, 2007



The Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
by R. Ewart Oakeshott

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. ...

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One of Oakeshott's earlier works (and becoming increasingly hard to find), 'Archeology' describes in much detail the armor and weapons of the post-Roman period (the Migration Era, or the so-called "Dark Ages"). The detail and terminology may be bit too comprehensive ...
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—Updated Jan 12, 2006



Sword in Hand: A History of the Medieval Sword
by Ewart Oakeshott

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An excellent resource for the novice and scholar alike. The tone of this book is almost like spending an evening with the author himself, as many other reviews have said. This book elaborates much on historical figures of the time as well as the swords themselves.  ...
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—Updated Jan 12, 2006



The Reign of Edward III
by W.M. Ormrod

The 50 year reign of one of England's most charismatic leaders is rehabilitated in this lucid and incisive work. W.M. Ormrod traces Edward's life from his birth, ...

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I find Edward III to be one of the most intriguing monarchs to read about and this book is one of the first I've found that discusses him exclusively. The author gives some good info about him, particularly about what became of his mother Isabella, and Mortimer ...
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—Updated Dec 28, 2005



Medieval Combat: A Fifteenth-Century Illustrated Manual of Swordfighting and Close-Quarter Combat (Greenhill Military Paperbacks)
by Hans Talhoffer

This brilliant and attractive book makes one of the most influential and lavishly-drawn fencing manuals of the Middle Ages available in English for the first time. ...

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This is a very fine manual of Talhoffer's techniques. The pictures and translated captions are lavish and easy to follow. The opening sections give a brief bio of Talhoffer himself. This book is an excellent reference to anyone who wishes to know swordsmanship in ...
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—Updated Dec 20, 2005



A Student's Guide to History
by Jules R. Benjamin

This compact, best-selling introduction to the study of history equips students with all the skills they need to succeed in a history course. A thoroughly ...

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This was actually a required textbook in two of my college history classes; I got A's in both and I attribute that mostly to this valuable book. This book teaches you how to write history and even lists reputable journals and websites that can help you write research ...
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—Updated Dec 20, 2005



Medieval Swordsmanship: Illustrated Methods And Techniques
by John Clements

From the author of Renaissance Swordsmanship comes the most comprehensive and historically accurate view ever of the lost fighting arts of Medieval knights, ...

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Highly detailed, yet easy to read and follow. John Clements does an excellent job of describing how the Medieval sword changed over time, how it was constructed, used, and its symbology today. I think he gets a little too carried away when comparing actual period ...
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—Updated Sep 21, 2005









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