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The Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry

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A highly readable history of arms and armour across Europe from the Bronze Age to the Age of Chivalry, based upon the evidence of arms found in excavations, tombs and rivers, as well as upon contemporary art.
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Boydell Press
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Oct 01, 2014 Jer rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, med-euro-his
First thing to understand is that this focuses on northern European examples, and those from the bronze age to roughly the 14th century. Do not expect non-European, or even southern European, content.

It provides lots of detailed descriptions of bladed weapons from the stated time period; so if you're looking for that sort of thing, it's right up your alley. More interesting to me, between the descriptions, was Oakeshott's take on the history surrounding the weapons, the cultural history; partic
The Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry – the informative, personable survey of weapons by the late sword-expert, Ewart Oakeshott (1916-2002) – remains after forty years one of the best introductions to the history and forms of the European sword from pre-history to the late Middle Ages. It reveals the reasons for its various developments, which include both metallurgical technology and advances in armor and military technique. I wish that I could have ...more
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This was a first rate read!

I mainly concentrated on the introduction and up to part three, which is the Viking age. Part four is the age of chivalry and goes into a period of history in which I have less interest, but I may yet pick it up and read it sometime simply because it is such fun to read.

In the preface to the 1994 reprint the author explains a little of the hostory of the book and the reprint; I strongly recommend that anyone who is going to use this as a source book (As I will be) rea
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Tremendously detailed and thorough account of premodern weapons of war — from the prehistoric Bronze and Iron Ages and the breakup of the Roman Empire, to the Viking era and the Age of Chivalry. Profusely illustrated with a host of armor and weapons: daggers, longbows, crossbows, helmets, swords, shields, spears and more.

This is a very useful tome for anyone needing to research historical weaponry or anyone interested in weaponry. Probably not for light reading, but lots of go
George Anderson
Jun 07, 2016 George Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to believe the number of interesting details in this book. Covers mostly cutting and piercing weapons up through the Middles Ages. With the rampant increase in street crime and home invasions in our cities and towns today, perhaps its time we all carried spears and broadswords to protect our loved ones.
Dave/Maggie Bean
As I child, I read a much, much earlier edition of this title -- and loved it to death. Glad to see it's still in print. I'm getting a copy by hook or by crook... :-)
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Oct 18, 2009 Pam P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keep
A useful book, we look at it for so often.
May 29, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A very readable and accessible introduction to the history of sword development and the different types used in the middle ages. Images are well used and referred to throughout the text.
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