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A series of introductions to aspects of the Royal Armouries' collection of arms and armour. Written by specialists in the field, they are packed full of fascinating information and stunning photography.
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
The First World War was a watershed in global history. Both
terrible and terrifying, it shredded the social order and ushered in a bleak
new world. Inevitably, the war led to major advances in military strategy and
tactics that were reflected in the weapons used on the battlefield. This book
offers an extended introduction to the arms and armour of the Great War, with
particular focus on iconic weapons such as the Maxim machine gun. It is a
unique insight into the material culture that not only enabled the horrors of
the Somme, Passchendaele and Gallipoli but also provided the means to bring
peace in 1918.
The idea of late medieval arms and armour often conjures up
images of lumbering warriors, clad in heavy plate armour, hacking away at with
each other with enormous weapons – depictions perpetuated in both bad
literature and bad movies. In this introductory guide, replete with fabulous
photography and marvellous anecdotes, internationally-renowned edged weapons
expert Robert Woosnam-Savage describes the brutal reality of personal
protection and attack in the so-called ‘age of chivalry’. From Bannockburn to
Bosworth, Poitiers to Pavia, this book is an indispensable introduction to an
"A skilful introduction to traditional Japanese arms and armour, combining scholarly clarity with intriguing insights”
– Natasha Bennett, Acting Curator, Oriental Collection.
The history of England records no more charismatic figure than King Henry VIII. This small, yet concise publication, written by Thom Richardson, offers a fascinating insight into the arms and armour of Henry VIII which form the core part of the Royal Armouries' collection.
The Elizabethan court was a vibrant and colourful place, where the inherited traditions and technological skill that had characterised the Middle Ages came face to face with the decorative techniques of the Renaissance. This book shows how the arms and armour in the collections of the Royal Armouries can be studied to gain insight into this creative and dynamic period.
The scope of this book largely reflects the collections of Indian arms and armour in the Royal Armouries. This small publication aims to help make this important western collection of Indian armour and arms accessible and offers interesting insight into the topic, detailing many fascinating objects in the collection.
The Royal Armouries' collection of Asian arms and armour is among the finest in the world. This publication written by Thom Richardson is part of a series of introductions to aspects of the Royal Armouries' collection of arms and armour. The book covers arms and armour of the medieval and early modern periods and provides fascinating information and stunning photography on a broad facet of the Asian collection.
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