Weapons of the Middle Ages


From basic infantry weapons to large artillery, weapons are what make battles so explosive. Discover the tools of combat involved in some of the most important wars in history.

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From basic infantry weapons to large artillery, weapons are what make battles so explosive. Discover the tools of combat involved in some of the most important wars in history.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kip Wilson
One in the "Weapons of War" series produced by Capstone Press, this book engages struggling readers with layouts that jump off the page. Each spread comes to life with low-level text, "Weapon Facts," and colorful images. Images in this book include both artwork depicting soldiers from the Middle Ages and photographs of weapons described in the text. Glossary terms are highlighted and defined both on the specific page and in the back of the book for reference. With an additional touch of authenticity, glossary terms are set off in a Gothic font. Weapons depicted range from swords and bows and arrows to trebuchets and chain mail. More massive weapons such as defensive castles and their moats are also described. Two-page spreads titled "Handheld Weapons" and "Defenses" contain individual images of items such as daggers and horse armor, breaking up the pages of text. The "Weapons Facts" are especially interesting and quotable in this thoroughly enjoyable book, which should be of great interest to those wanting to read about weapons of the Middle Ages. Reviewer: Kip Wilson
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3

Large type, short sentences, and glossaries make these texts accessible. Brief paragraphs provide descriptions of the use of the weapons, and notes dispersed throughout impart extra facts such as the range of a rifle. The texts are packed with clearly labeled color photos. Civil War is the most successful since it covers a relatively short period. Ancient Times , however, tries to cover the period from prehistory to ancient Rome-far too much time. In the same way, the information in Middle Ages becomes unfocused because there is no one event or period being discussed. Overall, the books are simplistic and will only warrant purchase for their photographs. Michele Byam's Arms and Armor (2004) or Richard Holmes's Battle (2000, both DK) are better bets.-Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429619691
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Weapons of War Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.

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Table of Contents

Bloody Battles     4
Blades, Battle-axes, and Bows     8
Siege!     16
Protection and Defense     22
Glossary     30
Read More     31
Internet Sites     31
Index     32
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