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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 book forms part of 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.
Natasha Bennett is Curator of Oriental Collections at the Royal Armouries Museum. She is co-author of Indian Arms and Armour (2015), and has published research on mounted warfare in Asia, Islamic arms and armour, Asian swords, Japanese textiles and Sudanese arms and armour.