The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Knives, Swords, Spears & Daggers
An authoritative guide to over 750 sharp-edged weapons from their origins in the Stone Age through to the 21st century, with 1500 colour photographs
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Over 1559 colour photographs
|Publication Date||August 2010|
|Number of Pages||512|
|Size(mm)||220 x 168mm|
|Binding||hardback with plc and jacket|
A detailed history of the development of swords, sabers, lances, daggers fighting knives and bayonets, from the Stone Age through to the latest utilitarian designs
Includes a comprehensive directory of over 750 weapons arranged by time period and geographical area, along with specifications of date, origin and length
Features descriptions of the fighting techniques of some of the most skilful warriors of history, including the hoplite spearmen of ancient Greece, Roman gladiators and the Japanese Samurai warrior class
Perfect for the serious collector and keen enthusiast alike, and a superb sourcebook and reference work for military historians, curators, academics and experts on edged weaponry of all periods
Written by a leading antique sword expert and lavishly illustrated with over 1500 colour photographs and fine art images
Since sharpened tools emerged, almost 1 million years ago, edged weapons have played an incredible role in the shaping of human history. As well as being deadly weapons of war, they have been used all over the world to hunt for food, and to battle for honour. This comprehensive encyclopedia of edged weapons is both an authoritative reference work and a stunning visual directory, explaining the development of these weapons through the centuries, describing the weapons capabilities and individual specifications.
Tracing the fascinating history of swords, sabers, lances, daggers fighting knives and bayonets, from their Palaeolithic origins through to the 21st century. The book reviews the development of each weapon and how the military tactics have shaped the great civilizations of ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. The book looks at the significance of the sword in the mystical traditions of the Celts, delves into the world of the medieval knights and crusades, as well as how the Middle Eastern armies fought. The decorated daggers of Persia and the exquisite knives of Japan are also examined.
The directory is among the most comprehensive visual reference works of their kind published for the general reader, and present a superb pictorial guide featuring more than 750 examples of sharp edged weapons, from the pole arms and ballock daggers of medieval Europe, and the cavalry sabers of the 17th century to the swords of the Russian Empire and classic commando knives of World War II.
With over 1500 colour photographs and illustrations, and written by leading experts in the field, this beautiful guide is essential reading for everybody interested in the conflicts, sharp weapons and warriors that have created and shaped history.
Harvey J S Withers has held a lifelong passion for historical weapons and for many years has been a successful dealer in antique military swords. He is the author of British Military swords 1786-1912: The Regulation Patters (Studio Jupiter Military Publishing), World Swords 1400-1945 (Studio Jupiter Military Publishing) and The Scottish Sword 1600-1945 (Paladin Press).
Dr. Tobias Capwell began his career in arms and armour at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, and gained an MA and Ph.D in Medieval Studies at the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds. In 2003 Dr. Capwell joined Glasgow Museums as Curator of Arms and Armour and has produced numerous books and articles on aspects of the Glasgow collection, including a new edition of the 1924 catalogue of the R.L. Scott Collection and a new general guide to the collection, The Real Fighting Stuff: Arms and Armour at Glasgow Museums. He took up his present role in 2006 as Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection in London, England.
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