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Scottish Arms and Armour

Scottish Arms and Armour

by Fergus Cannan
     
 

The Scottish warrior has throughout history been armed with some of the most famous and instantly recognisable weapons and armour ever produced. From the majestic Highland two-handed sword and the diminutive sgian dhu that tucks into the sock of every Scotsman in formal dress to the distinctive leather shield or targe, these objects are redolent of great men and

Overview

The Scottish warrior has throughout history been armed with some of the most famous and instantly recognisable weapons and armour ever produced. From the majestic Highland two-handed sword and the diminutive sgian dhu that tucks into the sock of every Scotsman in formal dress to the distinctive leather shield or targe, these objects are redolent of great men and hard-fought battles – men such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Bonnie Prince Charlie and battles such as Stirling Bridge, Bannockburn, Flodden and Culloden. An important aspect of national heritage and folklore, Scottish weapons and armor are icons of valor and pride for millions worldwide.

With a foreword by the 23rd Chief of the Clan Macnab, this pioneering study by Fergus Cannan examines the Scottish people at war and the armor and weaponry they have used on the battlefield from the Stone Age to the present day.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This book works well both for the expert and the Gaelic enthusiast -- an excellent title from Shire.” —Military Illustrated

“Historian Fergus Cannan is not only an expert on the subject of Scottish weapons and other military subjects, he is a descendant of Highland warriors who more than likely used many of the weapons described in his new book. His account traces the Scottish arms from their humble beginnings in 2200 BC, with axe heads made from stone, to the early 20th century, when ceremonial swords and knives were still worn by Scottish regiments... In battles such as Bannockburn, Flodden, and Stirling Bridge, heroic Scots fought for their freedom using the very weapons that Cannan describes in this book.” —Military Heritage Magazine (June 2010)

“Excellent.” —Greenock Telegraph

“A most impressive aspect of this book is the numerous color and black and white photos from various museums and private collections. They combine with historical art to provide a comprehensive chronicle of Scottish warfare. Crisp and clear, the photos really bring the book to life and are well paired with corresponding text....Overall this is an excellent book with high-end photos and plenty of historical references to make even a history teacher sit up and take notice. Reasonably priced, this is definitely a recommended choice for an evening read.” —Charles Ives, Toy Soldier & Model Figure

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780747806981
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/22/2009
Series:
Shire Collections Series
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Fergus Cannan is a medievalist at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has published on subjects including arms and armor, funerary monuments and Northern European sculpture.

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