Our Reference Library: The Bibliography
An article by Nathan Robinson

Books are an excellent resource for students and collectors alike. Knowing more about history or arms and armour helps to give us the context behind the objects we collect. Understanding that context can raise our appreciation of an item and expose us to related areas that had not otherwise been of interest to us before doing some reading.

Many books are used as references while creating the contents of this site. Many more reside in the libraries of our team members; even more have been published that are of interest to our community.

Finding relevant, high-quality books can be a daunting task sometimes. What we have done for our members, though, is wade through many titles to isolate ones we think are of interest. Our complete list of books contains over 800 titles. Many of these are out of print and difficult to find. Many others are not specific to arms or armour, but rather focus on general history or related subjects.

Included below is a listing showing a portion of available books that may interest our readers. These titles are mostly focused on arms and armour, famous battles, warfare, and the man-at-arms. Please note that we haven't reviewed each one and so must fall short of recommending any individual title. When available, there is a link to a page with more information on that title.

We hope this list helps our community grow and our readers become more learned. Next to hands-on research in museums or at archeological digs, books are the best way to advance a knowledge of history, and the arms and armour it has brought us. That knowledge can then be shared in venues like this site, so that the entire community can benefit from it.

There are 831 books currently featured in our bibliography. More titles will be listed as we add new books to our growing library.


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1. 101 Arcydzieł Dawnych Mistrzˇw XV - XVIII Wieku, by Nina J. Birjukova, Jurij A. Miller, Jurij G. Jefimov
Hardcover, 222 pages, Malbork, Published: 2002, ISBN: 83-86206-53-3

2. 18th Century Highlanders (Men-at-Arms Series), by Stuart Reid
Paperback, 48 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 1993-07, ISBN: 1855323168

3. 2,500 years of European helmets, 800 B.C.-1700 A.D., by Howard M Curtis
346 pages, Beinfeld Pub, Published: 1978, ISBN: 0917714067

4. 20th Anniversary London Park Lane Arms Fair, The, by David A. Oliver, editor
Paperback, 104 pages, Apollo Magazine Ltd., Published: 2003

5. 293 Renaissance Woodcuts for Artists and Illustrators, by Jost Ammans Kkunstbuchlin
Textbook Binding, Peter Smith Pub, Published: 1968-06, ISBN: 9999746489

6. Acre 1291 : Bloody sunset of the Crusader states (Campaign), by David Nicolle
Paperback, 96 pages, Osprey, Published: 2005-08-10, ISBN: 1841768626

7. Acta Militaria Mediaevalia, by Jana Machnika, Wieslawa Banacha, Piotra N. Kotowicza
Softcover, 173 pages, Krakˇw--Sanok, Published: 2005, ISBN: 1865-4103

8. Aegean Metalwork of the Early and Middle Bronze Age (Oxford monographs on classical archaeology), by Keith Branigan
216 pages, Clarendon Press, Published: 1974, ISBN: 0198132131

9. Age of Armor, The, by The Higgins Armory Museum
Softcover, 32 pages, The Donning Company, Published: 2002, ISBN: 1-57864-193-4

10. Age of Charlemagne (Men-at-Arms), The, by David Nicolle
Paperback, 48 pages, Osprey Publishing, Published: 1984-07-26, ISBN: 085045042X

11. Age of Firearms: A pictorial history from the invention of gunpower to the advent of the modern breechloader, The, by Robert Held
192 pages, Gun Digest Co, Published: 1970, ISBN: 069580068X

12. Age of Tamerlane (Men-at-Arms Series), The, by David Nicolle
Paperback, 48 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 1990-08-01, ISBN: 0850459494

13. Agincourt 1415 (Campaign ; No. 9), by M. Bennett
Paperback, 96 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 1995-02-01, ISBN: 1855321327

14. American polearms, 1526-1865: The lance, halberd, spontoon, pike, and naval boarding weapons, by Rodney Hilton Brown
198 pages, N. Flayderman, Published: 1967

15. American Sword, 1775 to 1945, by Harold L. Peterson
Hardcover, 286 pages, Ray Riling Arms Books Company, Published: 1983-06, ISBN: 0960309411

16. American Swords And Sword Makers (American Swords & Sword Makers), by Richard H. Bezdek
Paperback, 664 pages, Paladin Press, Published: 1994-03, ISBN: 0873647653

17. Ames Sword Company Catalog: An Exact Reprint of the Original 19th Century Military and Fraternal Sword Catalog, The, by Stuart C. Mowbray
Hardcover, 200 pages, Andrew Mowbray Inc., Publishers, Published: 2003-01-31, ISBN: 1931464065

18. Ames Sword Company, 1829-1935, The, by John D. Hamilton
Hardcover, 255 pages, Andrew Mowbray Pub, Published: 1998-11-01, ISBN: 0917218183

19. Ancient and Medieval Siege Weapons: A Fully Illustrated Guide to Siege Weapons and Tactics, by Konstantin Nossov
Hardcover, 344 pages, The Lyons Press, Published: 2005-12-01, ISBN: 1592287107

20. Ancient Armour and Weapons, by John Hewitt
416 pages, Trafalgar Square, Published: 1996-06-28, ISBN: 0091850576

21. Ancient Celts, The, by Barry Cunliffe
Paperback, 360 pages, Penguin (Non-Classics), Published: 2000-03-01, ISBN: 0140254226

22. Ancient Greeks (Elite Series, No 7), The, by Nick Sekunda, Angus McBride
Paperback, 64 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 1986-06-01, ISBN: 085045686X

23. Ancient Scottish Weapons, by James Drummond
G. Waterston & sons, Published: 1881

24. Ancient Sichuan : Treasures from a Lost Civilization
Hardcover, 360 pages, Princeton University Press, Published: 2001-05-01, ISBN: 0691088519

25. Ancient Siege Warfare: Persians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans 546ľ146 BC, by Duncan B. Campbell
Paperback, 64 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 2005-01-13, ISBN: 1841767700

26. Anglo-Saxon Shield, The, by I. P. Stephenson
Paperback, 160 pages, Arcadia Publishing, Published: 2004-01, ISBN: 0752425293

27. Anglo-Saxon Thegn: 449-1066 Ad (Warrior, No 5), by Mark Harrison
Paperback, 64 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 1993-11-01, ISBN: 1855323494

28. Anglo-Saxon Weapons and Warfare, by Richard Underwood
Hardcover, 176 pages, Tempus Publishing, Limited, Published: 1999-02, ISBN: 0752414127

29. Antique Arms and Armor, by Frederick Wilkinson
192 pages, Drake Publishers, Published: 1972, ISBN: 0877492522

30. Antique Arms and Armour (Christie's of London Catalogues)
Paperback, Olympic Marketing Corp, Published: 1987-03-01, ISBN: 9998452988

31. Antique Arms and Armour, South Kensington, by Christie's, London
Softcover, 112 pages, Christie, Manson & Woods, LTD, Published: 2007

32. Antique Pistols: An illustrated reference guide for collectors, by Frederick Wilkinson
84 pages, Distributed in the USA by Sterling Pub. Co, Published: 1985, ISBN: 0853687250

33. Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry, The, by R. Ewart Oakeshott
Paperback, 384 pages, Dover Publications, Published: 1996-10-18, ISBN: 0486292886

34. Armature Milanesi, by Bondioli Miriam
Hardcover, 30 pages, Vister, Published: 1965

35. Armeria del Palacio Real de Madrid [Armoury at the Royal Palace in Madrid], by Guillermo Quintana Lacaci
Paperback, Editorial Patrimonio Nacional, Published: 1987, ISBN: 8471201194

36. Armi Bianche Italiane, by Boccia, Lionello G. ; Coelho, Eduardo T.
Hardcover, 462 pages, Bramante Editrice, Milan, Published: 1975, ISBN: 0686149726

37. Armi d'attacco da difesa e da fuoco, by Franco Cosimo Panini
Softcover, 207 pages, Museo civico di storia e arte medievale e moderna, Published: 1996, ISBN: 8876867864

38. Armi da fuoco italiane: Dal medioevo al risorgimento (Arte e tecnica), by Agostino Gaibi
267 pages, Bramante, Published: 1978

39. Armi e armature (Cataloghi del Museo Poldi Pezzoli), by Museo Poldi Pezzoli
205 pages, Associazione amici del Poldi Pezzoli, Published: 1980

40. Armi e Armature Asiatiche (Arte e tecnica), by Alfieri, Lanciotti, Mantici, Tamburello, Tosi
Hardcover, 264 pages, Bramante, Published: 1974

41. Armi E Armature Europee, by Thomas B., Gamber O., Schedelmann H.
Hardcover, 303 pages, Bramante Editrice, Milano, Published: 1974

42. Armi e Armature Lombarde, by Lionello Giorgio Boccia, Francesco Rossi, Marco Morin
Hardcover, 278 pages, Electa Editrice, Published: 1979

43. Armies and Enemies of the Crusades, 1096-1291, by Ian Heath
Paperback, 120 pages, Wargames Research Gp., Published: 1978-02, ISBN: 0904417085

44. Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages : The English Experience, by Michael Prestwich
Paperback, 352 pages, Yale University Press, Published: 1999-04-10, ISBN: 0300076630

45. Armies of Agincourt (Men-at-Arms Series 113), The, by Christopher Rothero
Paperback, 48 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 1981-06-01, ISBN: 0850453941

46. Armies of Crecy and Poitiers (Men-At-Arms Series, No 111), by Christopher Rothero
Paperback, 48 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 1981-06-01, ISBN: 0850453933

47. Armies of Islam : 7th-11th Centuries (Men at Arms, 125), The, by David Nicolle
Paperback, 48 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 1983-06-01, ISBN: 0850454484

48. Armies of Ivan the Terrible : Russian Troops 1505-1700 (Men-at-Arms), by David Nicolle
Paperback, 48 pages, Osprey Publishing, Published: 2006-01-31, ISBN: 1841769258

49. Armies of Medieval Burgundy 1364-1477 (Men at Arms Series, 144), by Nicholas Michael
Paperback, 48 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 1983-06-01, ISBN: 0850455189

50. Armies of Medieval Russia, 750-1250 (Men-At-Arms Series, 333), by David Nicolle, David Nicolle PhD
Paperback, 48 pages, Stackpole Books, Published: 1999-09-01, ISBN: 1855328488

51. Armies of the Caliphates 862-1098 (Men-at-Arms), by David Nicolle
Paperback, 48 pages, Osprey Publishing, Published: 1998-11-27, ISBN: 1855327708

52. Armies of the Carthaginian Wars 265-146 BC (Men at Arms Series, 121), by Terence Wise
Paperback, 48 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 1982-06-01, ISBN: 0850454301

53. Armies of the Crusades (Men at Arms Series, 75), by Terence Wise
Paperback, 40 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 1978-05-01, ISBN: 0850451256

54. Armies of the Dark Ages, 600-1066: Organisation, tactics, dress and weapons, by Ian Heath
Paperback, 131 pages, Wargames Research Group, Published: 1976

55. Armies of the German Peasants' War 1524-26 (Men-At-Arms (Osprey)), by Douglas Miller
Paperback, 48 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 2003-02-01, ISBN: 1841765074

56. Armies of the Middle Ages - Volume 2 The Ottoman Empire, Eastern Europe and the Near East, 1300-1500, by Ian Heath
Paperback, Wargames Research, Published: 1984

57. Armies of the Middle Ages, Volume 1: The Hundred years' War, the War of the Roses and the Burgundian Wars, 1300-1487, by Ian Heath
Hardcover, Wargames research Group, Published: 1982

58. Armies of the Middle Ages, Volumes 1 and 2, by Ian Heath
Paperback, Wargames Research Group, Published: 1982

59. Armies of the Muslim Conquest (Men-at-Arms Series), by David, Phd Nicolle
Paperback, 48 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 1993-03-01, ISBN: 185532279X

60. Armies of the Ottoman Empire 1775-1820 (Men-At-Arms, No 314), by David Nicolle
Paperback, 48 pages, Osprey Publishing, Published: 1998-03-09, ISBN: 1855326973

61. Armies of the Ottoman Turks, 1300-1774 (Men at Arms Series, 140), by David Nicolle
Paperback, 48 pages, Osprey Publishing (UK), Published: 1985-06-01, ISBN: 0850455111

62. Armor of Galiot de Genouilhac (The Metropolitan Museum of Art Papers), The, by Stephen V Grancsay
36 pages, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Published: 1937

63. Armor: From ancient to modern times, by Petr Klučina
Hardcover, 133 pages, Barnes & Noble, Published: 1997, ISBN: 0760704759

64. Armored Horse in Europe, 1480-1620 (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series), The, by Stuart W. Pyhrr, Donald J. LaRocca, Dirk H. Breiding
Paperback, 80 pages, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Published: 2005-06-08, ISBN: 0300107641

65. Armour and arms in painting and sculpture: A lecture delivered at the Royal Academy on Friday, February 21, 1908, by Harold Arthur Lee-Dillon Dillon
39 pages, W. Clowes, Published: 1908

66. Armour and Arms of Henry VIII, The, by Thom Richardson
Paperback, Royal Armouries, Published: 2002-08-15, ISBN: 0948092491

67. Armour And Weapons, by Charles Ffoulkes
Paperback, 112 pages, Westholme Publishing, Published: 2005-09-30, ISBN: 1594160228

68. Armour and Weapons, by Paul Martin
Hardcover, 297 pages, Herbert Jenkins, London, Published: 1968

69. Armour and Weapons in the Middle Ages, by Charles H. Ashdown
Paperback, Corner House Pub, Published: 1975-06-01, ISBN: 0875566030

70. Armour from the Battle of Wisby, by Bengt Thordeman
Hardcover, 664 pages, Chivalry Bookshelf, Published: 2001-07, ISBN: 1891448056

71. Armour in England from the earliest times to the Seventeenth century, by John Starkie Gardner
Macmillan, Published: 1898

72. Armour of Imperial Rome, The, by H. Russell Robinson
200 pages, Scribner, Published: 1975, ISBN: 0684139561

73. Armour: An Elizabethan Armourer's Album and Armour notes, by Harold Arthur Lee-Dillon Dillon
75 pages, G. Shumway, Published: 1968

74. Armourer and His Craft: From the XIth to the XVIth Century, The, by Charles Ffoulkes
Paperback, 256 pages, Dover Publications, Published: 1988-12-01, ISBN: 0486258513

75. Armourers (Medieval Craftsmen Series), by Matthias Pfaffenbichler
Paperback, 72 pages, Univ of Toronto Pr, Published: 1992-05-01, ISBN: 0802077323

76. Armouries of the Tower of London Vol 1: Ordnance, by Howard L. Blackmore
Hardcover, 420 pages, H.M.S.O. London, Published: 1976, ISBN: 1167025164

77. Armouries of the Tower of London, The, by Howard L Blackmore
H. M. Stationery Off, Published: 1976, ISBN: 0116702516

78. Armoury in the Moscow Kremlin: Arms and Armour, Russian Gold and Silver, Western European Silver, Imperial Regalia, Embroidery and Garments, Car, The
Hardcover, Imported Pubn, Published: 1984-02-01, ISBN: 0828523428

79. Armoury of the Castle of Churburg (2 vol), The, by James G. Mann, M. Scalini
Hardcover, 920 pages, Churburg Castle, Published: 1992/1996

80. Armoury of the Castle of Churburg, The, by Trapp, Oswald; Mann, James
Hardcover, 324 pages, Methuen & Co. ltd., London, Published: 1929

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About the Author
Nathan Robinson has been interested in history and the hobby of reproduction arms and armour collecting for well over a decade. A professional Web developer in San Francisco, he started myArmoury.com as a resource for like-minded people and hopes to help educate and entertain enthusiasts and consumers alike. He strives to push the sword community forward, helping create a healthy market with functional and historically-researched pieces available for us all.

 














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