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Product Details

  • Series: Men-at-Arms (Book 99)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (March 26, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850453488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850453485
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 5.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Packed with specially commissioned artwork, maps and diagrams, the Men-at-Arms series is an unrivalled illustrated reference on the history, organisation, uniforms and equipment of the world's military forces, past and present.

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Terence Wise is one of Osprey’s most popular authors. Terence has been a respected historical writer for more than 25 years. With numerous books and articles to his credit, he has contributed more than a dozen titles to the Men-At-Arms series, mainly on medieval subjects including studies of the military orders and the Wars of the Roses.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on April 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
To evaluate this book, the reader needs to know what it does and doesn't attempt to do. It isn't intended to be a complete introduction to the subject of heraldry, and very fairly warns the reader of this right off the bat, recommending Warne's _Observer Book of Heraldry_ or something like it for any reader lacking knowledge of the basics. (Having said that, though, this book does explain how to read a blazon, and in describing the evolution of medieval heraldry will give you *some* grounding in the basics.)
In restricting its scope to heraldry of the medieval period, the book is geared toward the military role of heraldry and its usage in the 14th and 15th centuries, so it only goes into the aspects one would have seen on a battlefield or in a tournament. (It doesn't try to go into all the finicky details of mottoes and supporters, for example.) Wise has attempted to cover continental heraldry as well as English heraldry, but gives warning that since many European Colleges of Heralds no longer exist (and thus, no central repositories of records exist for the affected countries), there is a bias toward English heraldry simply because that's where the records are most complete, easily available, and written in a language accessible to a wide audience.
In discussing the evolution of the role of heralds and shields, the basic rules of reading a blazon are eventually presented, but also which tinctures (colours) one would be likely to see, and what colours had to be added as the growing number of registered insignia forced heralds to work harder at coming up with unique devices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ed B on March 16, 2012
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the armor and heraldry displayed in this book is great. i enjoy the history as well; comprising different times and places and citing specific individuals of historic value and thier heraldry showing trends in artwork over the centuries.
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