Arms and Armour of Late Medieval Europe

Arms and Armour of Late Medieval Europe

by Robert C. Woosnam-Savage


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The idea of late medieval arms and armour often conjures up images of lumbering warriors, clad in heavy plate armour, hacking away at with each other with enormous weapons – depictions perpetuated in both bad literature and bad movies. In this introductory guide, replete with fabulous photography and marvellous anecdotes, internationally-renowned edged weapons expert Robert Woosnam-Savage describes the brutal reality of personal protection and attack in the so-called ‘age of chivalry’. From Bannockburn to Bosworth, Poitiers to Pavia, this book is an indispensable introduction to an iconic era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780948092770
Publisher: Royal Armouries
Publication date: 06/15/2018
Edition description: 1
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Robert C. Woosnam-Savage is curator of European edged weapons at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. He has published on many subjects ranging from the arms and armor of Uccello’s paintings to the Welsh Castles of Edward I.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Making and Wearing Arms and Armour 4

What is armour? 5

Belts & buckles, sheaths & straps 8

The weight of arms and armour 9

The cost of arms and armour 10

Marks on arms and armour 11

Armour production centres of medieval Europe 12

Decoration of arms and armour 14

'How a man schall be armyd …' 17

Armour for horses and other animals 19

Arms and armour for hunting 21

Arms and armour for the tournament 24

The Fourteenth Century 28

Armour 29

Edged weapons and crossbows 42

Firearm 49

Arms and armour of the medieval hero 50

The Fifteenth Century 52

Armour 53

Edged weapons and crossbows 68

Firearms 74

European arms and armour in the Americas (1492-1500) 78

The Effectiveness of Late Medieval Arms and Armour 80

Where to see late medieval arms and armour 87

Glossary of late medieval arms 88

Glossary of late medieval armour 90

Parrs of medieval arms and armour 92

Further Reading 95

Acknowledgements 96

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