Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era 1050-1350: Western Europe and the Crusader States Hardcover – May 1, 1999
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- Publisher : Greenhill Books; Revised edition (May 1, 1999)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 640 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1853673471
- ISBN-13 : 978-1853673474
- Item Weight : 3.85 pounds
- Dimensions : 10.12 x 7.2 x 2.09 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #804,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Another quibble I have are with the pictures themselves. All of the pictures in the book are black and white drawings. Many of the re-draws from color manuscripts come off looking rather shabby and lacking detail. And I wish they would have used photographs of extant pieces instead of the rather poor line drawings that lack scale. Also the drawings are used to highlight a certain item, so often times there is an entire page of hands holding various weapons. It would have been nicer to see the entire man holding the sword instead of just his arm.
It doesn't help that this book was printed in 1999. What does that mean? Some of the manuscript illustrations that this book draws from are now on-line, for free. In high definition scans (Morgan Picture Bible). In summary if you can get this book for a good price, pick it up as a supplemental book for your library.
The material of the publication is excellent and as always Mr Nicholle does a fantastic job bringing the images to light.
This is a must have for reenactors looking for historical visual references.
Top reviews from other countries
An immensely useful book for researchers and academic study.
The fact that all the text is at the front, and all the images at the back means a lot of flicking back and forth, but there is no other method that I can think of that will allow such easy reference. Perhaps, in the next edition, the images could go at the front though!
And although accurate, the artwork is not up to caliber for this kind of book, especially at the book's selling price.
One would have expected a variety of graphic media, i.e.; some museum photos, more technical drawings, etc....
Just my honest view.