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Douglas Eacersall




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PostPosted: Mon 03 Aug, 2009 8:10 am    Post subject: Bibliography for academic study of arms and armour, weapons.         Reply with quote

Hi,

I was wondering if anybody could help me by providing a list of primary sources that mention arms and armour from the european medieval period for purposes of academic study. I already have a large list of the major fighting manuals - Fiore, Talhoffer, Ringeck, Vadi, Silver etc... but am still trying to add other primary sources (ie not fight manuals) that make reference to weapons/armour. If anyone can help me to build this list it would be greatly appreciated. I am specifically interested in polearms and the poleaxe.

Also does anyone know of any Australian or NewZealand academics working in this area (ie historical fight manuals, medieval military history, HEMA, arms/armour)? I have contacted a number of Academic institutions here in Australia but researchers in these fields seem to be few and far between.

Apologies for making this a multi-question post but I'll make this my last enquiry. I would also appreciate any information you have concerning relevant databases and/or academic journals that discuss military history, arms and armour and/or HEMA.

Thanks so much, any help is greatly appreciated.

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Justin King
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PostPosted: Mon 03 Aug, 2009 12:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The Reading List (s) on this site are a good place to start. Use the "books" link at the upper right on the home page.
Welcome to the site, BTW Big Grin
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James Arlen Gillaspie
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PostPosted: Mon 03 Aug, 2009 4:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

An absolute essential from the list is Claude Blair's European Armour which is THE scholarly foundational text on the subject. If you don't have it, you don't have nothin'. Wink It may be 50 years old, and Mr. Blair has been intending to update it (maybe Toby Capwell will do it!), but there's nothing else that fills that niche.
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Dan Howard




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PostPosted: Tue 04 Aug, 2009 3:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yep. You should read Blair from cover to cover before touching any other book on the subject.

If you are interested in fight manuals then Stephen Hand is the man to contact in Australia.
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Philip H





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PostPosted: Tue 04 Aug, 2009 4:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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Also does anyone know of any Australian or NewZealand academics working in this area (ie historical fight manuals, medieval military history, HEMA, arms/armour)? I have contacted a number of Academic institutions here in Australia but researchers in these fields seem to be few and far between.


I know that various australian living history groups do research into historical fight manuals, not sure if these are solo ventures, assisted by academics or researched by members who are academics.

Ancient Arts Fellowship in Canberra has done some research and may be able to put you in touch with those who know more. The New Vangarian Guard have done some research into trills from their period.

I think La Trobe university had some academics in this area (or were at least supportive to research by groups into it) at some stage, However I can't find any messages on my yahoo groups that relate to it since my archive earlier this year.
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Aug, 2009 3:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

BENNETT et al., Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World ..., Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin Press 2005
ISBN: 0-312-34820-7
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