Medieval Weapons: An Illustrated History of Their Impact

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ABC-CLIO, 2007 - History - 333 pages
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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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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


The Early Middle Ages 376750
The Carolingian Era 7501050
The Crusades 10501300
The Late Middle Ages 13001550
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Kelly DeVries, PhD, is a professor in the Department of History at Loyola College, Baltimore, MD.

Robert D. Smith is an Independent Museum Consultant who formerly worked at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK.

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