- 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 4.2 x 251 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,428,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Soldier of the Pharaoh: Middle Kingdom Egypt 2055–1650 BC (Warrior) Paperback – November 20, 2007
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“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
“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, modelingmadness.com (December 2007)
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.