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Soldier of the Pharaoh: Middle Kingdom Egypt 2055 1650 BC (Warrior) Paperback – November 20, 2007

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"Nic Field's Soldier of the Pharaoh: Middle Kingdom Egypt 2055-1650 BC is a pick for any serious military collection interested in early military experience, offering insights to the motivations, weaponry and tactics of early Egyptian soldiers." -The California Bookwatch (January 2008)

"...superbly illustrated by Peter Bull and includes photos of artifacts from the period to help illustrate sections of the book. In all, an excellent reference and read on Bronze Age soldiering." -Scott Van Aken, (December 2007)

"This book would be an excellent reference for model figure painters and traditional modelers alike. There are not many kits available that cover this period, so whatever a hobbyist's project might be, it will require a significant amount of research to get things just right. This book will go a  long way toward achieving that." -Sonia Maes, Toy Soldier & Model Figure

About the Author

Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines. After leaving the military, he went back to University and completed a BA and PhD in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. He was Assistant Director at the British School at Athens, Greece, and then a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh. Nic is now a freelance author and researcher based in southwest France. The author lives in France.

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Product Details

  • Series: Warrior (Book 121)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; 1st edition (November 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846031060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846031069
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,840,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Murphy on December 5, 2007
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This book is a study of the life, training, and weapons of Bronze Age Egyptian Warriors, c. 2055-1650 BC. The author Nic Fields has written a number of Osprey Books, including Warrior titles (like this one) on the Huns and the Roman Cavalry. In my opinion this is the best-written of his books (his Hun title was mostly unneccesary while the others I have read were rather dull).

The illustrator is Peter Bull; this is the first time I have seen his artwork. Though the plates do a good job illustrating the text and give believeable portrayals of the Egyptian soldiers in battle, the actual quality of the artwork is not up to the standards of Angus McBride or the Hook family. Were they not so bloody, the plates could almost be from a children's book.

The book is written in the typical Warrior format, examining the social origins, training, gear, combat styles, and religion of the Middle Kingdom Warrior. Certain topics that receive a particular ammount of attention include naval and river warfare as well as the peacetime duties of the troops.

The author and illustrator both paint a rather simple picture of what these ancient warriors were armed like. The standard Middle Kingdom soldier wore only a light white kilt, and fought with a cowhide shield, a bronze axe, and a dagger strapped to his wrist, while others were archers. Mercenaries and auxiliaries from nearby tribes are addressed in the text but not pictured in detail.

As an experienced Osprey reader I was surprised at the plates-they are scattered throughout the book rather than being together in the center, and the plate commentary is with the plates themselves. Nonetheless, there are eight plates in full color as always.

Altogether, this is a worthy new title in Osprey's Warrior series and a must for a military history enthusiast favoring this period.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Hornby on July 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
When I first learned of the Osprey book, I was amazed a the detials and information they provided. For those interested in ancient history it provides well informed nuances of life during that time. As a painter of ancient HO figues, it helps with details on just how they dressed and how there armout was decorated. I would recomment this to any one who wants to get a good brief history for life during that time.
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