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Weapons and Armor

Longbows, crossbows, siege machines, armor, and swordsmanship. Cover art may vary.

  • The Book of the CrossbowThe Book of the Crossbow
    Ralph Payne-Gallwey

    Examines the use of the crossbow as military and sporting weapon, its construction and management in medieval and modern times. Also covers related weapons: ballistas, catapults, Turkish bow, more. Over 240 illustrations.

    Paperback: 400 pages

  • Bowmen of EnglandBowmen of England
    Donald Featherstone

    Study of English and Welsh archers and the longbow, the weapon that revolutionized medieval concepts and traditions of war.

    Paperback: 164 pages

  • English LongbowmanEnglish Longbowman
    Clive Bartlett

    Insights into the lives of longbowmen, packed with full color illustrations, highly detailed cutaways, artwork of weaponry and armor, and action-packed battle scenes.

    Paperback: 64 pages

  • The Medieval ArcherThe Medieval Archer
    Jim Bradbury

    Traces the history of the archer in the medieval period, both military and social, from the Norman Conquest to the Wars of the Roses.

    Paperback: 206 pages

  • Medieval Siege WeaponsMedieval Siege Weapons
    David Nicolle

    Reveals how the combination of technological traditions from the Graeco-Roman world, Persia, India and above all China made a contribution to the development of medieval siege techniques. Illustrated throughout.

    Paperback: 48 pages

  • Knives and ScabbardsKnives and Scabbards
    J. Cowgill

    Discusses and illustrates over five hundred knives, scabbards, shears and scissors dating from the mid-12th to the mid-15th centuries, found excavations in the City of London.

    Hardcover: 184 pages

  • Arms and Armor: A Pictorial ArchiveArms and Armor: A Pictorial Archive
    Carol Belanger Grafton

    Over 750 detailed, high-quality illustrations from rare 19th-century sources: suits of armor, chain mail, swords, helmets, knives, crossbows and other implements, along with scenes of battle, soldiers, horses, artillery and more.

    Paperback: 128 pages

  • A Knight and His WeaponsA Knight and His Weapons
    Ewart Oakeshott

    The history of spears, lances, axes, maces, hammers, swords, daggers, and crude firearms, including how each was made and used in battle.

    Paperback: 124 pages

  • A Knight and His ArmorA Knight and His Armor
    Ewart Oakeshott

    A detailed history of how armor developed, how and of what it was made, and how it was worn.

    Paperback: 122 pages

  • The Archaeology of WeaponsThe Archaeology of Weapons
    Ewart Oakeshott

    A detailed and thorough account of pre-modern weapons of war – from the prehistoric Bronze and Iron Ages and the breakup of the Roman Empire, to the Viking era and the Age of Chivalry. Profusely illustrated with a host of armor and weapons: daggers, longbows, crossbows, helmets, swords, shields, spears and more.

    Paperback: 384 pages

  • Records of the Medieval SwordRecords of the Medieval Sword
    Ewart Oakeshott

    Extensive and thorough study of the origins, development and usage of the glamorous two-edged knightly sword of the European middle ages.

    Paperback: 316 pages

  • The Book of the SwordThe Book of the Sword
    Sir Richard F. Burton

    Traces the sword's origin – from prehistory to its full growth during early Roman Empire. Discusses earliest weapons of stone, bone, horn and wood as well as variations: sabre, broadsword, cutlass, scimitar and more. Includes nearly 300 line drawings.

    Paperback: 336 pages