- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Paladin Press (September 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581600984
- ISBN-13: 978-1581600988
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,937,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Techniques Of Medieval Armour Reproduction: The 14th Century Paperback – September 1, 2000
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More About the Author
His current writing is based on his deployment to Afghanistan in 2011-12 as part of the Human Terrain System, where he focused on the military subcultures of the Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan Local Police (ALP) and surviving networks of Soviet-era Mujahidin. While deployed he worked closely with French forces as part of Task Force LaFayette and the 1/82nd Airborne as part of Task Force Devil, experiencing both the Tajik-influenced culture of the North and the Pashtun-dominated one of Ghazni, accompanied combat patrols to friendly and hostile villages and working closely with the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), Dept. of State, USAID, and PRTs, in addition to combat troops.
Dr. Price's interests focus on the conceptual basis for the conduct of war and native systems for the regulation of violence, the role of technology in war, and in the vibrant debates concerning the Military Revolution, Revolutions in Military Affairs (RMAs) and in "New War", as well as in forms of insurgency and terrorism. He has a special intereest in the Human Terrain System (HTS) and the role of HTS and similar components of modern militaries in counterinsurgency and in offensive, defensive and stability operations. He is working on a book discussing the Afghan approach to warfare, based on numerous oral histories. The use of oral histories in a combat environment is the subject of an in-progress article.
Based on nearly three decades' experience, he maintains his previous interests in medieval or "chivalric" culture and has adapted the historical armored fighting principles of Fiore dei Liberi into practical combatives useful by armored modern combatants, a variant on the historical material he developed and applied while in Afghanistan, teaching members of the Afghan National Army, Afghan Local Police as he cross-trained with the French Foreign Legion, American special forces, and members of the French and American armies. Although books on historical swordsmanship and armour have been on hold during his deployment, he is again working on several long-awaited titles, including Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction II and Advanced Sword in Two Hands.
Dr. Price received his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas and its Military History Center, where he maintains an affiliation, and his BA in International Relations from UCLA, where he specialized in US-Soviet relations and in terrorism.
Top Customer Reviews
The author gives a short description of raising and then states that it is an advanced technique and beyond the scope of this book. Raising was used extensively to make many medieval helms and is a MAJOR technique for making certain types of reproductions - by giving this process just a cursory overview the reader gets no real useful understanding of the raising process or how to even start (or how much effort is involved). I was hoping to see an example, such as a Norman helm, raised from a sheet, step by step, including a discussion on the pros/cons of working cold with anneals vs. working hot.
The other area which is sorely lacking is the chapter of heat treatments. While the various methods used historically are mentioned and the science and metallury involved is well described, actual techniques and how-to's of working cold with anneals or working with metal hot were sorely absent. It would have been really nice to see several example projects done with a variety of different techniques.
In summary: This is a well written book and clearly the author is well-versed in the history and technical aspects of armor making. The methods that the author wishes to cover in detail are clear, valuable, and educational. In this sense this is probably the best or most comprehensive book on the subject.Read more ›
However, it teaches you slightly less than you might realize, and certainly teaches some biases. For example, Price's personal views are clearly reflected in the book, not as his opinions, but stated as fact. When read by itself, this isn't something noticable, but when coupled with "The Armourer and his Craft", by Charles ffoulkes (inexpensive book, and definately a must read for armourers) it's quite dramatic at times.
However, having said that, I agreed with Mr. Price on a lot of his opinions. There are conflicts of interest though, when he states repeatedly some of the basic tenents of armouring, yet contradicts them with some of his personal choices.
Another beef I have with the book is the way in which pictures of armor that are CLEARLY reproductions are toted as being EXTREMELY well made, when quite frankly, they aren't, and certainly shouldn't be used as guides. (For example. dish your cuisses folks.. don't just curl them). Some of these nuances aren't apparent until you immerse yourself in images of the real stuff first, to develop your "eye". If you try to develop your "eye" with repro work, your best work will never compare to the originals.
I'm not claiming mastery, or that I'm better than anyone that's gotten their stuff pictured, I'm just saying that you need REAL reference pics of REAL armour. Aside from that, the book REALLY holds your hand and builds a very strong learning foundation. It's also a great place to refer back to as you go through the various stages of making your armour. It's certainly inspiring, I just recommend caution, and suggest that you keep asking questions, and getting second opinions rather than take the whole book at face value.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is just fantastic. It may be titled "Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction" but don't let that fool you; you don't have to be in the business of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Metalsand
Excellent book for the beginner to intermediate armorour. This book covers all the basics in great detail and after studying a student can make basic munitions grade armor from... Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Osborn
Awesome book! Anyone who is interested in crafting armor of any kind should own this book. Get a big binder and get it punched though the binding is terrible on it, Pictures alone... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cidney S Wilde
Awesome book. Lots of good information. Can be a little confusing at times. But if you have smithed before it's simple to figure out.Published 17 months ago by Conan
Good beginners guide book for armouring especially if you're into the whole 14th Cen mafia thing.Published 18 months ago by sean b karp