The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Knives, Swords, Spears and Daggers: Through History in 1500 Colour Photographs
This book traces the history of swords, sabers, lances, daggers fighting knives and bayonets, from their Palaeolithic origins through to the 21st century. The guide reviews the development of each weapon and how the military tactics have shaped the great civilizations of ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. The book looks at the significance of the sword in the mystical traditions of the Celts, delves into the world of the medieval knights and crusades, as well as how the Middle Eastern armies fought. The decorated daggers of Persia and the exquisite knives of Japan are also examined. It features more than 750 examples of sharp edged weapons, from the pole arms and ballock daggers of medieval Europe, and the cavalry sabers of the 17th century to the swords of the Russian Empire and classic commando knives of World War II. With over 1500 colour photographs and illustrations, and written by experts in the field, this guide is indicated reading for everybody interested in the conflicts, sharp weapons and warriors that have created and shaped history.