Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armor from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry by Ewart Oakeshott
Based on evidence found in excavations, tombs, and rivers as well as evidence from contemporary art and literature, the authoran acknowledged expert on medieval arms and armourtravels through 30 centuries of history to chronicle the development and use of weapons. Progressing in an unbroken line, the book shows how weapons evolved over the years, placing all archaeological material in its proper historical context. The first two sectionscovering time from the Bronze Age to the breakup of the Celts and the Teutonic peoples of northwestern Europe. Next follows a detailed survey of the Viking Age, drawing on such literary material as the Anglo Saxon Chronicle and various Scandinavian sagas. The remainder of Oakeshott's material describes the development of arms in the Age of Chivalry, including a comprehensive classification of medieval swords and a thorough discussion of armour and weapons in the 14th and 15th centuries. Black-and-white illustrations.