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Records of the Medieval Sword Paperback – May 15, 2015
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I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to work with Ewart just before his death (editing a paper he submitted to the anthology Spada). Just as he reminded museum curators that the sword was a practical tool, not an art object, he reminded swordsmen that the sword was an important symbol of just might, not just a tool.
Records of the Medieval Sword is the best available book describing medieval swords (though his earlier book The Sword in the Age of Chivalry is also well worth picking up). It has clear photographs of the whole sword, and lists blade lengths. If only it had a few more measurements (weight, blade width at various points, point of balance, centre of percussion etc.) it would be a perfect resource for people who make and use swords but who rarely have the opportunity to hold genuine originals and feel their handling characteristics. Even with this minor omission, this book deserves pride of place in the library of anyone interested in the medieval sword.
Author, English Swordsmanship, Medieval Sword and Shield
Editor Spada, Spada II
Although the information is provided in an extremely authoritative manner, it is written in a very personable way, leaving this reader with a desire to know (have known?) the author.
If I were to attempt to be overly critical of this book, I would mention that there are a few minor, but still rather annoying, typographical errors and mis-numbered illustrations that detract somewhat from the otherwise masterly scholorship presented in the volume.
Also, in my opinion, a reference such as this should be provided in a hard cover edition, with full color plates wherever possible.
I will treasure this addition to my library.
Loaded with pictures and diagrams showing the Oakshott sword classification, want to know the difference between a type XIII and a XXa? This book is for you
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I've wanted this book for years ,always reading people quoting from it..so I'm glad to have my own copy now.Published on May 6, 2014 by J. Hammonds
All I can say is that this book is full of sword knowledge. An excellent text book as well as reference book for when you can't sleep in the middle of the night due to tossing and... Read morePublished on July 10, 2010 by Jessila
The late Ewart Oakeshott was without doubt the world's foremost expert on medieval swords. In "Records of the Medieval Sword" Oakeshott expounds on his earlier works which span... Read morePublished on October 27, 2009 by C. A. Kluftinger
This is my husband's review:
this was a very important book for me to read, unfortunately 99% of it was useless information, and the only measurements that it gave on... Read more
Nice read, lots of pictures and information. Anyone interest in this period should have a copy.Published on September 19, 2008 by R. Walter