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The Archaeology of Weapons : Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry - Ewart Oakeshott

The Archaeology of Weapons

Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry

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In The Archaeology of Weapons, Ewart Oakeshott traces the development of European arms in logical sequence, showing how changes were wrought by the use of new materials and the ever-shifting demands of war and fashion. This history begins nearly two hundred years before the Christian era, covering among other subjects the charioteers of the Near East, the Roman attitude to arms and the Bronze Age weapons of Europe. The core of the book, however, is the middle ages: a general survey of the institution of chivalry, an understanding of which is vital to the appreciation of all the arms of the high middle ages, is followed by a classification covering all sword types from about 1050 to 1500. Oakeshott draws on a variety of sources, from the archaeological evidence provided by existing weapons to the clues to be found in literature as diverse as the Old Testament, the works of Homer, Norse sagas and medieval romances. The symbolic importance of the sword is treated as an essential part of this lucid study and adds much to its archaeological interest. The late EWART OAKESHOTT was one of the world's leading authorities on the arms and armour of medieval Europe. His other works on the subject include Records of the Medieval Sword and The Sword in the Age of Chivalry.

Preface to 1994 Reprintp. 3
Erratap. 7
Introductionp. 13
The Prehistoric Period
"The Pitiless Bronze"p. 21
Iron Comes to Europe: the Hallstatt Peoplep. 37
The Gaulsp. 51
The Heroic Age
The Great Migrationsp. 69
Rome in Decline: the Gothic Cavalryp. 83
The Bog-Deposits of Denmarkp. 89
The Arms of the Migration Periodp. 107
The Vickings
Swords in the Viking Periodp. 131
The Vikings at Warp. 150
From Charlemagne to the Normansp. 164
The Age of Chivalry
The "Gay Science" of Chivalryp. 181
Sword Types and Blade Inscriptions, 1100-1325p. 200
Sword Hilts and Fittingsp. 224
The Sword in Wearp. 239
"The Complete Arming of a Man", 1100-1325p. 253
Armour and the Longbow in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuriesp. 282
Swords and Daggers in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuriesp. 301
Appendix: Four Date-Chartsp. 341
Bibliographyp. 351
Indexp. 353
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ISBN: 9780851157382
ISBN-10: 0851157386
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 20th November 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Type: New edition