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The Knight

3.03  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
An up-close introduction to the most admired warriors in history
"They mounted their horses, grasped the lances made of fine Bordeaux Steel, closed the visors of their helmets, and made their way to their stations for the first course. Spurring their horses on, they advanced toward each other at full gallop, lowering their lances as they approached. The tip of Clifford's la
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by Wiley
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Terezi Pyrope
Feb 05, 2015 Terezi Pyrope rated it liked it
Alan Baker's "The Knight" proves to be a quaint, short, and informative book about the noble mounted warriors who dominated the battlefield during the Middle Ages. Baker provides fascinating information about the various aspects of knighthood and the society around them, from medieval feudalism to the ancient Romans with their dabbles in castles and siegecraft to the rise of mercenaries and the subsequent dissipation of devout piety in a militaristic regard during the eighteenth century.
Luke Rodas
Jan 12, 2016 Luke Rodas rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It gives a lot of information about the 14th century.
Sep 13, 2012 Monicaaa rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
Okay, so I didn't really finish the book. I got halfway done and gave up. Sure, for the most part the book is interesting. Baker tried and failed to give an interesting portrait of the knight. And you'd think with the topic, he'd do a better job. It was just one boring example after another. Then he described castles and weaponry, which was all well and good, but for a person who never really does with weaponry unless there's visuals, it was just a bad way to describe things. Plus, he was rather ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Bekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who enjoys history will find this to be a very interesting and informative read. This book basically covers the origin, history, and weapons of the knights, and does a remarkable job of covering a good deal of history while still keeping it alive and fascinating. Understandably, it doesn't deliver in depth insights into the vast subjects, but rather offers a captivating overview.
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