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Joshua Hatfield




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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2012 2:48 pm    Post subject: New to Medieval Swords, Need Book recommendations         Reply with quote

I've recently taken an interest in long swords, mostly after discovering Albion's site and reading the reviews here and at other forums. Recognizing that European swords and their Japanese cousins are completely different, I was wondering if anyone would recommend a fairly affordable book (or several) that I could study.

I once perused a copy of the Swordsman's Companion by Windsor, but it is now out of print, and almost absurdly priced on most buying sites. Anything similar to that book out there? Question

Thanks in advance,

Josh
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2012 2:54 pm    Post subject: Re: New to Medieval Swords, Need Book recommendations         Reply with quote

Joshua Hatfield wrote:
I've recently taken an interest in long swords, mostly after discovering Albion's site and reading the reviews here and at other forums. Recognizing that European swords and their Japanese cousins are completely different, I was wondering if anyone would recommend a fairly affordable book (or several) that I could study.

I once perused a copy of the Swordsman's Companion by Windsor, but it is now out of print, and almost absurdly priced on most buying sites. Anything similar to that book out there? Question

Thanks in advance,

Josh


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Take a look at the books section and see what it has to offer. I'm not too humble to suggest that it's the most on-topic source of arms- and armour-related book information on the 'net.

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2012 3:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You can refine your interests by reading the "Features" articles covering the Oakeshott Typology (and the man himself).
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2012 6:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If you find a book out of your price range, you could go to your local library and request an inner-library loan. This is a free service and you will find just about any book you're looking for (My library even found De Norske Vikingsverd by Jan Petersen).

Just a thought...
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2012 6:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ewart Oakeshott's Records of the Medieval Sword is a great resource on most European sword designs and is generally available at good prices. I think it's fair to say that it's widely considered a must own for students of European swords.
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2012 6:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ian S LaSpina wrote:
Ewart Oakeshott's Records of the Medieval Sword is a great resource on most European sword designs and is generally available at good prices. I think it's fair to say that it's widely considered a must own for students of European swords.

This. I'd also add Ian Pierce's "Swords of the Viking Age". There are some absolutely stunning swords in the Viking period, and SotVA makes a good companion to Records.

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Joshua Hatfield




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PostPosted: Sat 28 Jul, 2012 4:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

thank you all for the feedback and suggestions. Excellent wealth of information here!
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