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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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Originally published over 100 years ago, and while a good compendium of facts across a broad scope, it suffers from the original author's tendency to quote in Latin or medieval French and assume the reader understands. Still, a useful reference book, well illustrated.
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.
This Dover edition large-font oversized paperback by Ffoulkes is nicely organized with wonderful detail. The pictures and illustrations are balanced with the text. The book is not lavish, and is aimed towards those doing research or aficionados of medieval and Renaissance armor, but is not a 'how to' for making armor. The original publication date by Methuen is 1912. The glossary is comprehensive enough without being over tedious for a someone like myself who is not a historian. Thank you Dover ...more