Medieval Weapons: An Illustrated History of Their Impact
In the Middle Ages, the lack of standardized weapons meant that one warrior's arms were often quite different from another's, even when they were fighting on the same side. And with few major technological advances in that period, the evolution of those weapons over the centuries was incremental. But evolve they ultimately did, bringing arms, armor, and siege weapons to the threshold of the modern era. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the beginnings of the Renaissance, "Medieval Weapons: An Illustrated History of Their Impact" covers the inexorable transformation from warrior in the mail shirt to fully armored knight, from the days of spears and swords to the large-scale adoption of the handgun.
"Medieval Weapons" covers this fascinating expanse of centuries in chapters devoted to the early medieval, Carolingian, Crusade, and late medieval periods. Within each period, the book details how weapons and armor were developed, what weapons were used for different types of battles, and how weapons and armor both influenced, and were influenced by, changing tactics in battles and sieges.
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The aim of this latest entry in the series is to "outline the weapons used from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance-from the spear and sword to the handgun and from the mail shirt to the fully armored knight." To that end, DeVries (history, Loyola Coll.;The Artillery of the Dukes of Burgundy, 1363-1477 ) and Smith (The Bombards: Mons Meg and Her Sisters ), both well suited to the task, have done a commendable job. Tools of the trade, so to speak, are given emphasis, but, interestingly, intellectual aspects of Dark Ages warfare-e.g., strategy and tactics, the nature of warring parties-also receive attention. The material is presented chronologically. Four chapters narrate the early Middle Ages (376-750 C.E.), the Carolingian Era (750-1050 C.E.), the Crusades (1050-1300 C.E.), and the late Middle Ages (1300-1550 C.E.). The illustrations, 72 amply described black-and-white photographs, are curiously lumped together in a separate section that amounts to a fifth chapter. A five-page conclusion nicely recaps the text, and a glossary completes the volume.BOTTOM LINE Though titles on Gothic-era armaments abound, most focus on specific weapons, e.g., Ewart Oakeshott'sRecords of the Medieval Sword (Boydell Pr., 2007. reprint). This well-written and engaging book is alternately more a survey. Recommended for larger public libraries, academic libraries with strong history/military collections, and libraries located within national armed forces establishments.-Michael F. Bemis, Washington Cty. Lib., Woodbury, MN
very informative on weapons of the medieval times. it was very detailed and gave in depth explanations about weapons used at the time period being studied. excellent use of primary sources. Well done Kelly DeVries, Robert Douglas Smith
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