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Johannes S.





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PostPosted: Mon 19 Apr, 2004 6:40 am    Post subject: Good books to read?         Reply with quote

Hi,
I was wondering what are good books to read about Battles, the swords throughout the ages and cultures, and about the history of armour throughout the ages and cultures. Thanks
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Lee Watts




Location: Wales, UK ,europe
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PostPosted: Mon 19 Apr, 2004 9:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You cant go wrong with any of the books by the late Ewart Oakeshott such as

Records of the medieval sword

Sword in hand

Sword in the age of chivalry.
For battles you could try some from the Osprey series .http://www.ospreypublishing.com/all of them should be available from amazon or any of your local books shops.
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PostPosted: Mon 19 Apr, 2004 11:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I really have to get off my butt and write up a bibliography .. it's just -so- much work to do it right.
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Gary Venable




Location: Kansas City
Joined: 21 Aug 2003
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Reading list: 16 books

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Apr, 2004 2:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here are a few suggestions:

A Book of Five Rings

A Knight and His Armor

Armour from the Battle of Wisby

Bokken Art of the Japanese Sword

Flashing Steel: Mastering Eishin-Ryu Swordsmanship

Highland Swordsmanship: Techniques of the Scottish Sword Masters

Knight and His Weapons

The Secret History of the Sword

Knight in Battle

Medieval Combat: A Fifteenth-Century Illustrated Manual of Swordfighting and Close-Quarter Combat

Medieval Military Costume (Europa Militaria Special, 8)

Medieval Swordsmanship: Illustrated Methods and Techniques

Records of the Medieval Sword

Renaissance Swordsmanship : The Illustrated Use of Rapiers and Cut-And-Thrust Swords

Samurai Sword a Handbook

Secrets of German Medieval Swordsmanship: Sigmund Ringeck's Commentaries on Liechtenauer

TECHNIQUES OF MEDIEVAL ARMOUR REPRODUCTION: THE 14TH CENTURY

The Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry

The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship: A Manual of Eishin-Ryu Iaido

The Complete Bladesmith : Forging Your Way to Perfection

The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords

The Craft of the Japanese Sword

The Japanese Sword: A Comprehensive Guide

The Sword in the Age of Chivalry

Sword in Hand

Secrets of the Sword

Swords and Edged Weapons

The Wonder of Knifemaking

Wayne Goddard's $50 Knife Shop

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Allen W





Joined: 02 Mar 2004

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Apr, 2004 5:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

For battles try Hans Delbruck's History of the Art of War series , also Aryeh Nusbacher's The Battle of Bannockburn 1314, and The Renaissance at War by Thomas Arnold.
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Johannes S.





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PostPosted: Wed 21 Apr, 2004 9:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

wow, thank you all for the great list of books. (now I definatly cant complain that I cant get anything to read Big Grin ). Thanks again.
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