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The Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
by R. Ewart Oakeshott
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 ...
* RECOMMENDED *
This work by Ewart Oakeshott is possibly the premier introduction to the study of arms and armour. Oakeshott dicusses Bronze Age, Roman, and Viking arms and armour, but it is clear his focus is on the arms and armour of medieval Europe. Oakeshott introduces his classification of the medieval sword in this book, a typology still in use by scholars and collectors. The book is also richly illustrated with Oakeshott's own drawings. This is the primary book to have in any arms and armour library.
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