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Medieval Brandistock

The Brandistock was a peculiar medieval polearm that was used both by civilians and soldiers throughout Europe between the 16th and 19th centuries. . It was a bit of a stealth weapon. It was a walking stick or staff with a hollowed out section on the end.

This hollowed out section housed three blades that were normally hidden from view but with a sharp motion they could be deployed and locked in the out position.

 

 

 

Weapon: A Visual History of Arms and Armor

For 4,000 years weapons, and the warriors who used them, have acted as the cutting edge of history, using ax, spear, bow, sword, gun, and cannon to determine the rise of kingdoms and the fall of empires. From the stone axes of the earliest warfare to the heavy artillery of today's modern armies, this awe-inspiring book portrays for the first time the entire spectrum of weaponry. A spectacular, unprecedented visual reference to the design, function and history of arms and armor from around the world. Combines specially commissioned photography and sophisticated design with authoritative text and exhaustive coverage. Beautifully photographed and richly detailed catalogues display - often at actual size - all the major types of weapon, from spears to machine-guns. Profiles the warriors who have deployed the weapons to devastating effect, from the Roman legionary to the US Navy Seal. Includes features that showcase individual weapons in stunning detail.

Warrior Warrior: A Visual History of the Fighting Man

Focusing on the frontline soldiers who fought for their tribes, their cities, their overlords and their countries-from the Ancient Greeks who repelled the invading Persians in the 5th century to the US Marines in action in Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, this visual history paints a compelling portrait of the frontline soldier through 2,500 years of history. The third in a series of illustrated military history books, following the highly successful Battle and Weapon, Warrior features vivid accounts of daily life, training, and tactics of the ordinary fighting man.

 

Knightly DuelingKnightly Dueling: The Fighting Arts of German Chivalry

Knightly Dueling is a complete overview of the fighting arts of German chivalric dueling, on horse and on foot, during the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Through the words and pictures of original source texts of the great German fight masters of the 14th through 16th centuries - extraordinary works that poetically preserved medieval methods of armed combat - it reveals knightly dueling for what it truly was: mortal combat over some grave matter with battlefield weaponry and armour.

 

Medieval Costume, Armor, and Weapons Medieval Costume, Armour and Weapons

Accompanied by a scrupulously researched and well-documented text, over 400 copyright-free illustrations trace the evolution of clothing styles, armor, and weapons during the medieval period in Central Europe-from simple tunics and robes of peasants to the battle equipment and armor of warriors and the fur-lined cloaks and brocaded garments of the aristocracy. An accurate source of reference material for artists, historians, and general readers.

 

 

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