- 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 (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,801,852 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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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.
Well laid out, the book traces the history of armour, and its current "revival" amoung Medieval Societies. It also discusses (in depth)necessary tools, hammer methods, riveting, measuring, design layout, modifications for modern considerations- basically the entire gamut of the craft.
Photos are rich in detail, and text supports well the photos shown. The reader is taken through the processes needed to learn the craft, and then projects for the beginner are offered.
Truly a book wrtten with an eager craftsperson in mind.
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 10 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 16 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 19 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 on August 27, 2014 by Conan