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Matthew P. Adams




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PostPosted: Wed 28 Dec, 2011 9:32 am    Post subject: The Medieval Warrior: Weapons, Technology, and Fighting...         Reply with quote

The Medieval Warrior: Weapons, Technology, and Fighting Techniques, AD 1000-1500


Seen here,
http://www.amazon.com/Medieval-Warrior-Techno...im_sbs_b_1

I was given this as a gift and I wondered if any one has any thoughts about its accuracy. I have already found a couple mistakes leafing through it.

Is it worth keeping?

Thank you for your thoughts.

Matthew
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Paul Hansen




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PostPosted: Wed 28 Dec, 2011 10:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Every book must be worth keeping for some reason... Big Grin

But if you look at the sheer scope of the book:

Quote:
This richly illustrated book provides an overview of the medieval world and a guide to the typical battlefield and the armies that populated it. From the Battle of Hastings to the Battle of Agincourt, see in detail how the weapons and fighting tactics of archers, artillerymen, bowmen, knights, and even peasants developed over the centuries.
-Chapters cover mounted knights, foot soldiers, missile troops, and siege weapons and techniques.
- More than 300 color images and maps depict weapons, armor, equipment, and fighting tactics.
- Step-by-step illustrations demonstrate combat skills—including how to fire a longbow, fight with a sword and a buckler, attack with a lance, defend with a pole axe, and many other techniques.


Then I'm not surprised that the author had to cut many corners.

I am not familiar with the author either, but if you look at the other books he published:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1/...0Dougherty
Then I think that he may be quite knowledgeable on weapons in general, but is not a specialist in medieval warfare.

But since I haven't read it myself, a review would be welcome of course. Big Grin
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Matthew P. Adams




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PostPosted: Wed 28 Dec, 2011 12:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Paul Hansen wrote:
Every book must be worth keeping for some reason... Big Grin


Excellent point.

And I will keep it and post a review. I was just a little disheartened to read that medieval swords were heavy bludgeoning weapons to impart damage through mail, and while some of them had serviceable points they were very rarely used in the thrust.

This was published in 2009 and I figured we were past that stereotype. I suppose I'm spoiled from hanging out on these forums and with my fellow compagni in my Armazare class. I mean, Fiore says to offend with the point is quick as a snake and twice as deadly. (roughly)
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William P




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PostPosted: Thu 29 Dec, 2011 6:45 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

ive got the book, its pretty good, but like alot of books underappreciates the performance of armour verses various weapons for example it seems to insinuate that the fact the saracens and turks, didnt adopt plate defences as readily because tey didnt utilize shock warfare quite as readily
but GENERALLY its up to scratch
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