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Books about Swords, their history and significance

These books are selected more toward a scholarly learning approach when it comes to swords, their history, the making of them and areas like that.

If you are looking for books on how to wield swords, how to train with them, and how to fight and spar with them I have those books right here.

 

Records of the Medieval sword

Records of the Medieval Sword - by Eward Oakeshott

Forty years of intensive research into the specialised subject of the straight two-edged knightly sword of the European middle ages are contained in this classic study. Spanning the period from the great migrations to the Renaissance, Ewart Oakeshott emphasises the original purpose of the sword as an intensely intimate accessory of great significance and mystique. There are over 400 photographs and drawings, each fully annotated and described in detail, supported by a long introductory chapter with diagrams of the typological framework first presented in The Archaeology of Weapons and further elaborated in The Sword in the Age of Chivalry. There are appendices on inlaid blade inscriptions, scientific dating, the swordsmith's art, and a sword of Edward III. Reprinted as part of Boydell's History of the Sword series.

 

Swords of the viking age

Swords of the Viking Age by Ian Peirce with an introduction by Oakeshott

This new work fills a gap in the literature in English on the swords made and used in northern Europe during the Viking age, between the mid eighth and the mid eleventh centuries. Ewart Oakeshott outlines the significance and diversity of these ancient heirlooms; co-author Ian Peirce, who handled hundreds of swords in his research for this book in museums across northern Europe, selects and describes sixty of the finest representative weapons. Where possible, full-length photographs are included, in addition to illustrations of detail; an illustrated overview of blade types and construction, pattern-welding, inscription and handle forms and their classification prefaces the catalogue of examples which is the principal part of this work. IAN PEIRCE was a lecturer and museum consultant specialising in early swords; EWART OAKESHOTT was renowned for his pioneer studies on a wide range of medieval swords.

 

The art of the Japanese sword

The Art of the Japanese Sword: The craft of Swordmaking and it's Appreciation -

In The Art of the Japanese Sword , master swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara offers a detailed look at the entire process of Japanese sword making, including the finishing and appreciation of Japanese blades.

Japanese sword art stands out in many ways: functionality as a weapon, sophisticated metallurgy and metal smithing, the shape of the blade itself-all contribute to the beauty of these remarkable weapons. The Art of the Japanese Sword conveys to the reader Japanese samurai sword history and Japanese sword care, as well as explaining how to view and appreciate a blade.

With 256 full-color pages, this sword book illustrates in meticulous detail how modern craftsmen use traditional methods to prepare their steel, forge the sword and create the unique hardened edge. By gaining a good understanding of how a sword is actually made, the reader will be able to appreciate the samurai sword more fully. Topics include:

  • Appreciating the Japanese sword
  • History of the Japanese sword
  • Traditional Japanese steel making
  • Making the sword
  • Finishing the sword

 

Swords and hilt weaponsSwords and Hilt Weapons -

Swords and Hilt Weapons presents nearly 4,000 years of sword-making from around the world, from the Bronze Age to World War II. Written by a distinguished team of specialists and scholars, it provides an expert appraisal of the weapons along with richly laid out historical context and background detail. Fully illustrated with photographs and art reproductions, this unique survey covers a vast body of superb craftsmanship, and is essential for weapons enthusiasts, collectors, and lovers of military history and fine art.

 

Swords and DaggersSwords and Daggers: An Illustrated History by Eduard Wagner

This attractively illustrated handbook on European cut-and-thrust weapons will appeal to steady customers of Dover books on military weapons and armor. The carefully researched, crisply written text traces the origin and development of swords and daggers from ancient times to the twentieth century, considering their importance as tools of battle and their dress and ceremonial significance. Captioned illustrations for nearly 250 weapons depict bronze swords made almost 3,000 years ago, arms of the medieval period, and bladed weapons used by fighting men of the twentieth century. Notes on collecting and classifying swords and daggers are also included.

 

Swords and Sabres

The Illustrated Directory of Swords & Sabres

A comprehensive guide to edged weapons, from early stone age flint hand axes to the swords of World War I.

 

 

 

By the sword

By the Sword - A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions

Napoleon fenced. So did Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Grace Kelly, and President Truman, who would cross swords with his daughter, Margaret, when she came home from school. Lincoln was a canny dueler. Igantius Loyala challenged a man to a duel for denying Christ's divinity (and won). Less successful, but no less enthusiastic, was Mussolini, who would tell his wife he was "off to get spaghetti," their code to avoid alarming the children. By the Sword is an epic history of sword fighting-a science, an art, and, for many, a religion that began at the dawn of civilization in ancient Egypt and has been an obsession for mankind ever since. With wit and insight, Richard Cohen gives us an engrossing history of the world via the sword.

 


 

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