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Knight: The Warrior and World of Chivalry

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From a life-long student of the medieval long sword and medieval history comes a comprehensive overview of the Age of the Knights. Jones shows that behind the popular image of the knight in shining armor lies a world that is both more complex and more fascinating. Were knights glory-seeking, bloodthirsty thugs that lay ravage to the Holy Land or simple Christians serving their king? Jones explores the myths and controversies behind their battle-effectiveness and chivalric code. He also examines knighthood as a ...

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Overview

From a life-long student of the medieval long sword and medieval history comes a comprehensive overview of the Age of the Knights. Jones shows that behind the popular image of the knight in shining armor lies a world that is both more complex and more fascinating. Were knights glory-seeking, bloodthirsty thugs that lay ravage to the Holy Land or simple Christians serving their king? Jones explores the myths and controversies behind their battle-effectiveness and chivalric code. He also examines knighthood as a "career path" and investigates the role of the knight in law and justice. Lavishly illustrated and drawing on rare first-hand accounts, this book reveals the world of the knight in all its tarnished glory.

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Editorial Reviews

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"As with most of Osprey Publishing's books it is lavishly illustrated. You won't see any reconstructions painted by modern artists, but every spread displays colorful imagery from period manuscripts, photos of surviving armor... This book was a good introduction to the military of the Middle Ages."
- Ferrous Lands

"Magnificent photos of actual armor, period artwork and other imagery abound. They make this 240-page book a richly illustrated guide to everything from battling bishops to romantic knights fighting for love, and the sort of man who could have truly said his home is his castle."
- Toy Soldier & Model Figure (June 2013)
Library Journal
Jones (visiting research fellow, Inst. for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Leeds; Bloodied Banners: Martial Display on the Medieval Battlefield) seeks to explore the historical reality behind the iconic figure of the courtly knight. He examines the institution of knighthood from its inception in the waning days of the Roman Empire to its peaks in the middle and late medieval period and finally to its decline and apparent disappearance in the 16th century. Divided into chapters such as "Arms and Armour" and "Beyond the Battlefield" and offering extensive illustrations, this book does a great job of conveying the historic reality of the knight to modern readers. VERDICT Francis Gies's The Knight in History is a more academic examination of the history of knighthood, but the general reader will find Jones's excellent resource more approachable. Also recommended for students new to medieval knighthood and others interested in medieval history at all levels.—John Sandstrom, New Mexico St. Univ. Lib., Las Cruces
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849083126
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 826,072
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Jones is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, and a part-time lecturer in medieval history at Cardiff University. His book Brazen Armour and Bloodied Banners: Martial Display on the Medieval Battlefield was published by Boydell & Brewer in 2010. He has also written various papers for academic journals  including the Journal for Medieval Military History. A military historian and wargamer of over 20 years, with interests  in all periods from ancient through to modern, he specialises in the medieval  period. A long-time member of the Sealed Knot English Civil Wars re-enactment society, he is also a student of the medieval longsword and 16th-century rapier as a Western martial art, studying with the Messengers group based in Swindon.

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