Knight: The Warrior & World of Chivalry

Overview

Resplendent in armor and heraldry, mounted on a charger in mid-joust or embroiled in close conflict on the field of battle, the figure of the courtly knight has become a defining icon of the medieval period. Yet behind the popular image lies a reality that is both more complex and more fascinating. This book penetrates the layers of myth to reveal the true knight warrior.

From the intricacies of his armour to his "career path," chivalric code and role in the political and social...

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Overview

Resplendent in armor and heraldry, mounted on a charger in mid-joust or embroiled in close conflict on the field of battle, the figure of the courtly knight has become a defining icon of the medieval period. Yet behind the popular image lies a reality that is both more complex and more fascinating. This book penetrates the layers of myth to reveal the true knight warrior.

From the intricacies of his armour to his "career path," chivalric code and role in the political and social worlds, Knight explores the milieu of the medieval courtly warrior. It is a lavishly illustrated guide, drawing on first-hand accounts from the knights themselves and bringing to vivid and gritty life battles such as Agincourt and Pavia and individual knights including Godfrey de Bouillon, William Marshal and Richard the Lionheart.  
In this beautifully illustrated book, you will find information on:

• Tournament weapons

• Horse armor

• Fighting for love

• Literacy, learning and piety

• And much more!

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Editorial Reviews

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: 9781435144750
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/30/2012
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 176,665
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.76 (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 experience, with interests in all periods from ancient through to modern, he specializes in the medieval period. A long-time member of the Sealed Knot English Civil Wars reenactment 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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