European Weapons and Armour: From the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution

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Boydell Press, 2012 - 288 ページ
A treasury of information based on solid scholarship, anyone seeking a factual and vivid account of the story of arms from the Renaissance period to the Industrial Revolution will welcome this book. The author chooses as his starting-point the invasion of Italy by France in 1494, which sowed the dragon's teeth of all the successive European wars; the French invasion was to accelerate the trend towards new armaments and new methods of warfare. The author describes the development of the handgun and the pike, the use and style of staff-weapons, mace and axe and war-hammer, dagger and dirk and bayonet. He shows how armour attained its full Renaissance splendour and then suffered its sorry and inevitable decline, culminating in the Industrial Revolution, with its far-reaching effects on military armaments. Above all, he follows the long history of the sword, queen of weapons, to the late eighteenth century, when it finally ceased to form a part of a gentleman's every-day wear. Lavishly illustrated.

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.
 

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List of Illustrations
ix
Line Drawings
xi
Abbreviations
xv
Authors Acknowledgments
xvii
Preface
19
Introduction
21
Chapter One The Developing Power of the Handgun
29
Chapter Two StaffWeapons
44
Chapter Nine Sword and Rapier in the Seventeenth Century
158
Chapter Ten The Military Sword of the Seventeenth Century
170
Chapter Eleven Armour in Decline
192
Chapter Twelve Helmets in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
214
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225
Chapter Fourteen The Smallsword
236
Conclusion
255
Appendix One Tournament Armour
262

Chapter Three Mace WarHammer and Horsemans Axe
62
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75
Chapter Five Helmets 14001525
109
Chapter Six Swords of the Sixteenth Century
125
Chapter Seven The TwoHand Sword
146
Chapter Eight The Curved and SingleEdged Swords of the Sixteenth Century
151
Appendix Two American Swords in the Nineteenth Century
266
Photographic Acknowledgments
268
Time Scheme
269
Index
282
Backcover
289
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