11th out of 40 books — 4 voters
The Armourer and His Craft: From the XIth to the XVIth Century
Standard reference offers comprehensive, detailed record of 500 years of European armor — manufacture, materials, tools, cost, weight, and more. Over 100 illustrations. Bibliography.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Dover Publications
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This book not only describes what armour is and how it was used, but also how it was tested, built, and proven in times of battle. I enjoyed how the author described armour as being effective based on a handful of defining characteristics and how they were ranked in accordance to protectiveness and aesthetics.