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

Premodern weapons of war receive a tremendously detailed and thorough accounting in this volume — the work of a noted authority on medieval arms in Europe. Covering a period of 30 centuries, the study, like a richly woven tapestry, vividly describes the development of arms and armor — beginning with the weapons of the prehistoric Bronze and Iron Ages, through the breakup of the Roman Empire and the great folk-migrations of the period; the age of the Vikings; and finally, the Age of Chivalry.
Relying on evidence of arms found in bogs, tombs, rivers, excavations, and other sites as well as on contemporary art and literature, the author describes in detail an awesome array of the weapons and accoutrements of war: swords, shields, spears, helmets, daggers, longbows, crossbows, axes, chain mail, plate armor, gauntlets, and much else.
Profusely illustrated with more than 170 of the author's own line drawings and 23 plates depicting many rare and beautiful weapons, this meticulously researched volume will be an indispensable resource for military historians, archaeologists, students of arms and armor, and anyone interested in the weaponry of old.

Title:The Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry
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  • Oct 01, 2014

    First thing to understand is that this focuses on northern European examples, and those from the bronze age to roughly the 14th century. Do not expect non-European, or even southern European, content....

  • Sep 21, 2011

    The Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry – the informative, personable survey of weapons by the late sword-expert, Ewart Oakeshott (1916-2002) – remains a...

  • Jan 26, 2013

    This was a first rate read!I mainly concentrated on the introduction and up to part three, which is the Viking age. Part four is the age of chivalry and goes into a period of history in which I have ...

  • Jul 09, 2009

    Product DescriptionTremendously detailed and thorough account of premodern weapons of war — from the prehistoric Bronze and Iron Ages and the breakup of the Roman Empire, to the Viking era and the A...

  • Jun 07, 2016

    Hard to believe the number of interesting details in this book. Covers mostly cutting and piercing weapons up through the Middles Ages. With the rampant increase in street crime and home invasions in ...

  • Jun 22, 2012

    As I child, I read a much, much earlier edition of this title -- and loved it to death. Glad to see it's still in print. I'm getting a copy by hook or by crook... :-) ...

  • Oct 18, 2009

    A useful book, we look at it for so often....

  • May 29, 2016

    A very readable and accessible introduction to the history of sword development and the different types used in the middle ages. Images are well used and referred to throughout the text. ...