Records of the Medieval Swordby Ewart Oakeshott
Forty years of intensive research into the specialised subject of the straight two-edged knightly sword of the European middle ages are contained in this classic study. Spanning the period from the great migrations to the Renaissance, Ewart Oakeshott emphasises the original purpose of the sword as an intensely intimate accessory of great significance and mystique. There are over 400 photographs and drawings, each fully annotated and described in detail, supported by a long introductory chapter with diagrams of the typological framework first presented in The Archaeology of Weapons and further elaborated in The Sword in the Age of Chivalry. There are appendices on inlaid blade inscriptions, scientific dating, the swordsmith's art, and a sword of Edward III. Reprinted as part of Boydell's History of the Sword series.
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Ewart Oakeshott has arguably done more for European Medieval sword than any other historian in the past century. This book is a bounty of photos and informative details representing a life's work and more importantly, a life's love of swords. Written in a fun and enthusiastic manner, Oakeshott shares his fascination, awe and passion for these swords, demistifying them and at the same time making them to be even more amazing works of craftmanship. This is the book that no medieval, sword or arms ethusiast should be without. And now that it is back in hardcover, even those folks who own the (derogatorially nicknamed) 'looseleaf' paperback version can now replace those falling apart but well read editions with a much sturdier one!