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UPDATED 09/01/2023

Armour of the English Knight 1400 – 1450
by Tobias Capwell
“For the first time, many unknown or rarely published visual and documentary sources have been brought together to reveal the beautiful and intimidating accoutrements of the war-like English. Huge sums were paid by the chivalric elite for human exo-skeletons of hardened steel glittering with engraved and gilded decoration, the form, function and style of which was as characteristic of the English as were their feared longbowmen.

Arms and Armor of the Medieval Knight: An Illustrated History of Weaponry in the Middle Ages
by David Edge and John Miles Paddock
“More than two hundred illustrations trace the development of medieval arms from their crude beginnings to the beautiful ceremonial armor of the Renaissance.”

Arms and Armour of Late Medieval Europe
by Robert C. Woosnam-Savage
“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’.”

Arms and Armour of the Medieval Joust
by Tobias Capwell
“Here, Tobias Capwell explains the glitz and glamour of a sport that attracted enormous popular audiences throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Though he deals almost exclusively with weapons and warriors, Capwell tells a story not of war and destruction, but of pageantry and valor. This is the story of the armor of peace.

How to Read European Armor
by Donald J. LaRocca
“This engaging book offers an introduction to and overview of armor in Europe from the Middle Ages through the 17th century, focusing in particular on the 16th century when plate armor reached its peak of stylistic beauty and functional perfection.”

The Real Fighting Stuff: Arms and Armour at Glasgow Museums
by Tobias Capwell
“Tobias Capwell looks at the different types of armour in Glasgow museums, the stories behind some of the weapons, and explores some of the myths surrounding the way we used to fight.

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