Medieval Arms and Armour: a Sourcebook. Volume I
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352 Pages

17 x 24 cm

49 colour, 3 b/w illus.

Series: Armour and Weapons

Series Vol. Number: 10

Imprint: Boydell Press

Medieval Arms and Armour: a Sourcebook. Volume I

The Fourteenth Century

Edited by Ralph Moffat

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Authoritative reference guide, using the documents in which arms and armour first appeared to explain and define them.

"A substantial and impressive piece of scholarship, one that will serve scholars and enthusiasts of medieval arms and armour very well indeed". Dr Robert W. Jones, Franklin and Marshall College

Medieval arms and armour are intrinsically fascinating. From the smoke and noise of the armourer's forge to the bloody violence of the battlefield or the silken panoply of the tournament, weapons and armour - and those who made and bore them - are woven into the fabric of medieval society. This sourcebook will aid anyone who seeks to develop a deeper understanding by introducing and presenting the primary sources in which these artefacts are first mentioned. Over a hundred original documents are transcribed and translated, including wills and inventories, craft statutes, chronicle accounts, and challenges to single combat. The book also includes an extensive glossary, lavishly illustrated with fifty-two images of extant armour and weapons from the period, and contemporary artistic depictions from illuminated manuscripts and other sources. This book will therefore be of interest to a wide audience, from the living history practitioner, crafter, and martial artist, to students of literature, military history, art, and material culture.
Preface
Using the Sourcebook
English Pronunciation
Towards a Working Vocabulary

Part I. Introduction to the Source-Types

1. Textual Source-Types
Note on Transcription and Translation
Types of Documents
Official Documents
Prose Sources
List of Documents

2. Material Source-Types
Armour and Weapons
Artwork

Part II. The Documents

Part III. Illustrated Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Ralph Moffat is Curator of European Arms and Armour at Glasgow Museums. He is responsible for the care, research, and dissemination of information of the people of Glasgow's collection.

"Anyone interested in this field of study simply must own this book, and they will find themselves consulting it over and over again. No need for free shelf space, Moffat's sourcebook will best be kept close at hand on your desk or workbench." HISTOFAKT.DE
"[An] important contribution to the scholarly study of arms and armor, which provides a model for further publications that expand the overall base of information available for future detailed studies." FRANCIA

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Title Details

352 Pages

1.7 x 2.4 cm

49 colour, 3 b/w illus.

Series: Armour and Weapons

Series Vol. Number: 10

Imprint: Boydell Press