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Camillo Palladini's manuscript for his discourse on fencing is housed in the De Walden Library at the Wallace Collection, London.
The Art of Prowling is one of a series of training booklets written by Colonel G. A. Wade for the newly-recruited Home Guard. This reproduction by the Royal Armouries shows how trainees during the Second World War learned to sneak up on the enemy without being seen.
This fully illustrated copy of the Lord of the Rings is a treasured edition to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Lord of the Ring's first publication.
This replica of the rare first edition of The Hobbit is the only edition of the original version of the story before it was re-edited by Tolkien.
Tolkien's visual mappings of the fantasy world he created are explored in The Art of the Lord of the Rings.
The Art of The Hobbit celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit with its beautiful illustrative approach to the tale of Middle Earth.
Fort Nelson was built in the 1860s, as part of a chain of fortifications protecting the great naval harbour of Portsmouth and its Royal Dockyard from a feared French invasion. It now houses the national collection of artillery, held in trust for the nation by the Royal Armouries, with over 350 big guns and historic cannon on display. This fascinating book is packed with useful information and stunning photography, and is a perfect introduction to a remarkable site.
The shot that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand and directly led to the outbreak of the First World War is known as the ‘shot heard around the world’. Far less widely known is the fact that the Archduke owned, but on that fateful day did not wear, a bulletproof vest manufactured by Polish priest-turned-inventor Casimir Zeglen. Using a reconstructed bulletproof vest and a Royal Armouries Browning Model 1910 pistol identical to that used by the Archduke’s assassin, Lisa Traynor highlights the risks associated with power and status in the early 20th century. Assessing the design and composition of Zeglen’s armours, she charts the technological development of pistols used during this period’s assassination plots. Testing her findings on a replica of the Archduke’s bulletproof vest, Traynor poses the haunting question: had Franz Ferdinand been wearing body armour on the day of his assassination, would it have saved his life?
1066 in Perspective is a landmark publication offering an interdisciplinary assessment of the impact of the Norman Conquest in the 950 years since 1066. Drawing upon papers presented at the Tower of London on the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, contributors, all of whom are internationally renowned, examine 1066 from a wide range of perspectives: military, social, political, architectural, ecclesiastical, gender and art history.
The fabled treasures of China span thousands of years of history. From the exotic Silk Road to the mysterious Great Wall, China’s allure is as vast as the country itself. Here, Natasha Bennett introduces the fascinating world of Chinese arms and armour in the Royal Armouries’ collection. Offering a colourful insight into one of the world’s earliest civilisations, she chronicles the development of personal weapons and armour from the late Bronze Age to the early twentieth century. It is ideal for anyone interested in the military and material culture of this absorbing land.
The English Civil Wars tore families and friendships apart, setting father against son and brother against brother. Raging across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the conflict was the greatest political upheaval in the British Isles in six hundred years, and led directly to the execution of King Charles I in 1649. Keith Dowen tells the absorbing story of the arms and armour of the civil wars, and explains how emerging weaponry contributed to some of the most well-known battles in British history.
Jousting is the most iconic
form of mounted combat. For more than five hundred years, the sport itself, and
the chivalric culture that surrounded it, took on almost mythical qualities.
Here, Tobias Capwell explains the glitz and glamour of a sport that attracted
enormous popular audiences throughout the late middle ages. Though he deals
almost exclusively with weapons and warriors, Capwell tells a story not of war
and destruction, but of pageantry and valour. This is the story of the armour
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