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Medieval Knights: The Age of Chivalry Hardcover – 13 Nov 2006


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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Andrea Press (13 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8496527891
  • ISBN-13: 978-8496527898
  • Product Dimensions: 30.3 x 21.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 620,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This work is an extensive illustrated study of medieval warlords in war and peace, their weaponry, equipment, horse accoutrements, siege machines and early firearms. The important cavalry battles of the Middle Ages, tournaments and different types of formal combat are all covered, and the romance is separated from the history. The Middle Ages was the period when the cavalry rose to predominance on the battlefields of Europe, which introduced new forms of weaponry and tactics. It differentiates between Teutonic, Norman and Spanish knights, their feudal obligations (legal and military), and weaponry and equipment. It covers tournaments, arms and equipment, formal combat, siege machines, horses and equestrian trappings: perfect reference material for the military modeller.

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Let me just put this simply - if ever you read any book written by Jose Sanchez Toledo, I can easily promise that you will never be disappointed. Medieval warfare, where Jose is concerned (but only in my opinion), may be overshadowed by his knowledge of the Roman legionaries and the Spartan hoplites, but this does not take away Jose's brilliant knowledge of the subject, and that he would compete very well with leading experts.

The Medieval equivalent of Jose's first book, "Imperium Legionis" (about the Roman legions), it is laid out in a similar way. In his second book, "Medieval Knights: The Age of Chivalry" (MK), Jose's research of this topic goes back to the fall of the Roman Empire in the West in AD476, through the Dark Ages and the golden age of the stereotypical knight, right through to the peacemeal introduction of firearms. Although dominated by events in the Hundred Years' War, the Crusades and the Spanish Reconquista, Jose refers also to other events, not necessarily as a year-by-year or place-by-place account of a certain battle or war, but his aim is more the technical side - the strategic plans of the armies involved and the weapons used and why. This is such a rarity coming from other books I have read, and (seriously) I am sure that film directors would use this book as a reference. Should I ever meet such people, I would certainly recommend it to them.

Other references in the book involve Medieval jousts, why the shield became smaller as armour gradually covered the whole body (save for the joints to ease flexibility) , the effects of chivalry in different countries, from Spain to Sweden, from England to Hungary and even including what was left of the Byzantine Empire at the time.
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A nice brief updated review of medieval knights 19 April 2013
By navynut - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Andrea Press is more noted for its publications on painting miniature figures, but of late they have been branching out into more historical overviews of some of the time periods that they produce miniatures for. After all, that's how Osprey Press got started as well.

Obviously this subject is very complex and has been covered in greater detail by other publications (Osprey alone has more than a dozen titles on various eras of the medieval knight and his equipment). Also I would not have paid full price for this book which is mix of eye candy and some decent facts.

But this title is a nice mix of some new data on a popular subject, the medieval knight. It has numerous photos of re-enactors in period armor showing how the weapons would be used and does a nice job of covering the evolution of the knight from chainmail to the final flowering of full plate armor. Some drawings show the sort of formations that would have been used by units of knights as well as the development of helmets, heraldry, weapons and the military orders. The books contains both original artwork and numerous illustrations from period manuscripts and historical paintings.

Since I have a large library on medieval knights, I wanted to see what this title had to offer. Personally unless you are a collector like myself, you could probably do better with other books on the subject, hence I only gave it 3 stars.
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Especially recommended reading for students and re-enactors of medieval warfare 12 Dec. 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Today the armored knight is often romanticized in popular culture. But historically, the armored knight was a dominant instrument of war upon the European battlefield from the early medieval period to the coming of the English longbow, followed by gun powder fueled canon and rifles. Jose Sanchez Toledo is an expert in the field of Classical Antiquity and the Medieval Age who in "Medieval Knights: The Age Of Chivalry" has provided the curious reader with a superbly illustrated and informative historical overview of the methodology, customs, battlefield strategies and utility of the armored knight in the land wars of medieval Europe. A work of impressive scholarship, "Medieval Knights" is a welcome addition to any community or academic library reference collection, and especially recommended reading for students and re-enactors of medieval warfare.
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