Royal Armouries and Boydell & Brewer announce collaboration

A Giant Leap in Arms & Armour Publishing

Boydell & Brewer and the Royal Armouries are delighted to announce a new agreement which will see them work together on the Royal Armouries Research book series that showcases world-class research on arms and armour throughout the centuries.

Edited by the Royal Armouries, the series will include collections and monographs, the first of which, Tournament as Spectacle, edited by Alan Murray and Karen Watts, will appear in 2020 to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s great festival of chivalry, the Field of the Cloth of Gold. Taking its place in Boydell’s list of major chivalric studies and demonstrating the Royal Armouries’ unparalleled expertise, this beautifully illustrated collection represents the ideal start to the new relationship and its ambitious publishing programme.

Subsequent volumes on Henry V’s funeral achievements, medieval sword manuals, and tournaments are already planned, with others soon to be confirmed.

“I am delighted,” says James Powell, Boydell & Brewer’s CEO, “that we are working with the Royal Armouries on this important new series. It is an exciting fit with our existing publishing and we look forward to applying our publishing expertise and worldwide distribution to bring their books to the widest possible audience.”

Martyn Lawrence, Royal Armouries Publishing Manager, adds “We are very proud that our research will continue to grow through this partnership with Boydell & Brewer. Their reputation in the scholarly community is admirable, and I am looking forward to working with the team.”


Boydell & Brewer: An independent, employee-owned academic publishing house with offices in Woodbridge, Suffolk, and Rochester, New York, it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Royal Armouries: With three museums across the United Kingdom (the White Tower in the Tower of London, the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds and Fort Nelson in Hampshire) the Royal Armouries is the guardian of the national collection of arms and armour. Its mission is to inspire people to discover and understand how stories of human endeavour and experience have been, and continue to be, shaped by arms and armour.

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