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Knight: The Medieval Warrior's (Unofficial) Manual
 
 

Knight: The Medieval Warrior's (Unofficial) Manual [Kindle Edition]

Michael Prestwich
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'Michael Prestwich manages that difficult feat, presenting a considerable amount of learning in a light-hearted, eminently readable way ... Its extensively and beautifully illustrated'
--Ancestors

'Delightfully entertaining and packed solid with masses of fascinating facts. Investigate this manual: you may find yourself compelled to add it to stock' --School Librarian

'A very attractive and informative book... full of real, hands-on-advice about chivalry and the business of medieval advancement'
--Culture, The Newcastle Upon Tyne Journal

'Entertaining ... for all you aspiring medieval knights out there, this little book can be recommended as an excellent 'how to get started' manual' --Military Times

Brilliantly, this book ... is not only interesting but accurate ... will inspire another generation to marvel at the great and terrible deeds of the knightly class'
--The Times Literary Supplement

'A fun yet informative read'
--Catholic Herald

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Based on contemporary lives and descriptions and extensively illustrated, this book written by a leading medieval historian provides a vivid picture of what it was like to be a knight in the later Middle Ages: what armour and weapons to buy; what to do at sieges; how to make a fortune from war and how to win at tournaments and impress the love of your life. Manages that difficult feat, presenting a considerable amount of learning in a light-hearted, eminently readable way The humour and serious scholarship are finely balanced.  Ancestors.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10714 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (8 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQ9VIBW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael Prestwich was born in Oxford, in 1943. The son of Oxford historians, it was perhaps inevitable that he studied at Oxford University for his first degree and his doctorate. His first job was at the University of St Andrews, where there was a highly successful department of medieval history. He moved to the University of Durham in 1979, and taught there until he retired, by which time it had rebranded itself as Durham University. In the 1990s he served as pro-vice-chancellor, with a range of responsibilities from research to health and safety. He began his own research with work on Edward I, and his publications have concentrated on thirteenth and fourteenth century England in most of its aspects, with a particular emphasis on war and its impact on government and society. He is married, with three children and five grandchildren, and still enjoys skiing. He was awarded an OBE in 2010.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - a total must! 19 April 2010
By bookelephant TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Michael Prestwich is of course a top medievalist (see for example The Three Edwards: War and State in England 1272-1377Plantagenet England: 1225-1360 (New Oxford History of England) etc etc) and I was very diverted to find his name on the front of this rather cheery looking little book.
Inside however is the product of immense scholarship and a sense of humour both deployed to admiration. If you have ever wondered what being a medieval knight was like MP can tell you - and more than that, he can tell you in a medieval knight's own words, because he has read all the sources. And he can also do that without making it boring, by chosing a perfect quotation and having it fit right into a narrative you are loving - a neat trick to pull, though maybe not too much of a stretch for a man of his experience. This is a book which will fascinate small boys and girls who do want to know what being a knight was like - but it will also, without their realising it, instil in them a real interest in history done properly - through real sources and trustable facts. Imagine horrible histories written by a top historian and without the really silly jokes and you will get the idea. Prestwich has produced something really useful, reliable and impressive - without stopping it being fascinating or amusing.
I am sending it to all the boys and tomboys I know (and keeping a copy for myself too!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.... 1 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is a fantastic book, I cannot praise it highly enough. As a history teacher I wish that a copy could be issued to every child that I teach. The text and illustrations are rich and informative, it is a million times better than the dumbed down text books with which we are supposed to teach. Hopefully we will see more of this type of history book, it is not just the teachers but the pupils too,who appreciate it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must read' 12 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Don't believe this book is for kids, it has been written by one of the UK's foremost medievalists and he pulls no punches. Kids will read it and enjoy it but to really appreciate it you need to know a little bit about people's attitudes to the medieval knight.

This is a subversive little book that addresses the late medieval idea of knighthood by a series of contemporary quotations and references that brings out the true meaning of knighthood in the period. But the quotations are used to give a slightly sideways look at an institution that was, even in those days, running out of time.

The cynical tactical tips and sly digs at knightly snobbery and advice like 'stay away from archers' give this book a shape that is subtly twisted.

It undermines both the conventional 'romantic' and, at the other end of the spectrum, the 'brutalist' views of the late medieval knight in a very subtle and entertaining way.

It has reproductions of all the best fifteenth century pictures in it as well.

A copy should be issued to every romantic historical novelist and every medieval re-enactor, and there should be exams...
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