Armor

Armor

by Charlotte Yue, David Yue
     
 
In lucid text and precise, beautiful illustrations, Charlotte and David Yue tell the fascinating story of armor. "The Yues . . . provide a succinct introduction to armor and the world in which it was used. . . .[Armor] looks beyond boundaries of Europe for a glimpse of armor in other cultures, from those of the South Sea Islanders to Japanese samurai to Native

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In lucid text and precise, beautiful illustrations, Charlotte and David Yue tell the fascinating story of armor. "The Yues . . . provide a succinct introduction to armor and the world in which it was used. . . .[Armor] looks beyond boundaries of Europe for a glimpse of armor in other cultures, from those of the South Sea Islanders to Japanese samurai to Native Americans." -- Booklist

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A thorough picture of what it took to dress a knight and his horse. The focus is primarily on European knights and includes detailed descriptions of making and donning mail, outer armor, helmets, etc. R. Ewart Oakeshott's Dark Age Warrior (Dufour, 1984; o.p.) covers similar material, but the Yues' book is unique in that it concentrates almost exclusively on the evolution of armor and the process of making it. They also answer many questions, such as how a knight was able to relieve himself. Accurate, with apt illustrations, well-rendered diagrams, and a good bibliography, the book nonetheless lacks a desperately needed pronunciation guide and a good glossary. Still, it will appeal to warfare enthusiasts and be of use to report writers.-Margaret B. Rafferty, Appalachian Regional Library, West Jefferson, NC
Carolyn Phelan
The Yues, authors of "Christopher Columbus: How He Did It" (1992), "The Igloo" (1988), and "The Pueblo" (1986), provide a succinct introduction to armor and the world in which it was used. They discuss European knighthood, the historical development of armor as new weapons called for new defenses, the armorer's craft, the complicated task of dressing a knight, armor for horses, jousts, and the end of knighthood. This volume differs from others on armor in several ways. First, it mentions subjects children may wonder about, but that books usually ignore: "Sometimes a penis defense called a codpiece was worn" and "Anyone who has ever worn a snowsuit in winter might wonder if a knight was able to relieve himself after all his armor was in place." Second, it looks beyond the boundaries of Europe for a glimpse of armor in other cultures, from those of the South Sea Islanders to Japanese samurai to Native Americans. Finally, the text makes the distinction between what historians know from evidence and what they surmise. Black-and-white drawings illustrate the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395681015
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/26/1994
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.73(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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