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Weapons of Warre: The Ordnance of the "Mary Rose": The Armaments of the Mary Rose (Archaeology of the Mary Rose) [Hardcover]

Alexzandra Hildred
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15 April 2008 Archaeology of the Mary Rose (Book 3)
This volume is devoted to consideration of the ordinance, munitions and equipment for war - the raison d'etre for the building of the Mary Rose. It begins with a full description of the guns, followed by discussion of the many objects that relate to their use: the shot, the gunpowder and the items needed for loading and firing, as well the experiments that have been carried out in the manufacture and use of specific gun types, carriages and other items. This is followed by chapters dealing with other ordnance: incendiaries, hand guns, staff weapons and archery equipment. The volume concludes with a drawing together of all the evidence to present a detailed consideration of the ship as a fighting unit and an indication of some of the major topics that still require research.

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  • Hardcover: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Mary Rose Trust Limited; Slp Har/Dv edition (15 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954402936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954402938
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 22.1 x 6.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ship was a weapons platform carrying a variety of armaments designed to complement each other and present a multi-layered weapons system. All of these are copiously illustrated with photographs, technical drawings and instructions for their use, and anyone buying the two-volume work also receives a DVD with many more line drawings and photographs, plus documentary film on the building and firing of wrought-iron and bronze replica guns at the Royal Armouries.' -- Christopher Catling SALON - The Society of Antiquaries Online Newsletter No. 259, No. 256, 6 June 2011 The authors of these essays are leaders in their own fields and the quality of writing is exceptional. It is complimented by a plethora of high quality photographs and detailed line drawings that portray the wide variety of weaponry recovered from the ship. The icing on the cake is a DVD with many more line drawings and photographs, plus documentary film on the building and firing of wrought-iron and bronze replica guns at the Royal Armouries.' Classic Arms and Militaria Oct/Nov 2011 This is an important and informative publication, magnificently produced. It is not just a triumph of nautical archaeology, which after all is only the process by which these outstanding results were achieved; but, much more significantly, it adds immeasurably to the sum of knowledge we possess about the evolution of warfare in general at a crucial stage of its development. At the same time it has demonstrated that archaeology is a rich source of primary information for historians, who now know more new things about Tudor naval tactics than documentary sources alone could ever have provided.' -- Colin Martin International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 2012 "...[Ships and Guns and Weapons of Warre] importantly advance current perspectives on naval armaments in the late and post Renaissance eras. They are copiously illustrated and annotated, making them major resources for further research and as reference points for archaeologists and historians. Both of them are absolutely essential items on the bookshelves of any serious student of early modern naval technological history." -- Robert Desmoulins, Caumont-sur-Durance Nautical Research Journal 57:4 (December 2012) "...provided a monumental amount of information that should prove useful to historians, archaeologists and those interested in maritime, naval, or history of technology." -- Amy Mitchell-Cook, Pensacola, FL The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord Vol XXII, No. 2 (April 2012)

About the Author

Alexzandra Hildred is Curator of Ordnance at The Mary Rose Trust and a leading authority on Tudor ordnance and maritime archaeology.

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I am sorry this review is very long, but I believe the great significance of this work justifies it. I have been critical of the first two books in this series, sponsored by the Mary Rose Trust, for being obsessed with archaeology at the expense of 'presenting' the Mary Rose as she originally was, but this book - or rather two books, in a fine slip case- defies nearly all reasonable adverse criticism. For a start it is beautifully produced, runs to 1,000 pages and at the published price of less than 50 is a true bargain- this being made possible, it seems, by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The first of these two volumes is mostly concerned with the ship mounted guns (the 'Great guns'). It describes the bronze cannon, culverin, sakers and falcons before moving on to detail the intriguingly named wrought iron types- port pieces, slings, fowlers, bases and top pieces, then finally there are descriptions of the cast hailshot pieces. If you ever wondered what all these mysterious guns were really like, here 'all is revealed'! Further on, there comes a mass of detail about shot types, powders, primers, linstocks and much more. There are many photographs and drawings, and the latter include reconstructions showing guns as they originally appeared on their carriages. It is also made clear how those carriages were constructed and how they were 'worked' when in the ship. There are a lot of reference code numbers to identify the items, but overall the text is quite accessible for the more general reader.

Of particular interest are the descriptions of newly made examples of a culverine, port piece and hailshot piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book 28 Jun 2013
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This book must be the bargain of the century. My main interest is the archery content and for this alone the purchase price is worth every penny. If you are serious about the history of the longbow then this book should be in your posession. This is more of a scientific investigation than a easy jog, but don't be put off by this as every paragraph has a nugget of information that will fascinate the traditional archer...beautifully produced and illustrated, can't reccommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid piece of group Research 21 Dec 2011
Apart from academics three sets of readers tend to hunger for a work of this quality re-enactors, Historical period or archaeological devotees and of course Historical fiction writers. Commonly each has a slightly different slant to their desire for historical knowledge and sources, whether balancing scientific reports with in-depth descriptions and a discussion of possibilities from the evidence. In this case Alexzandra Hildred and the Mary Rose Trust team have delivered what could be the ultimate work for all those allied spheres of interest. This two volume set is meticulous in detail, but also concise in explanation, the drawings and photos are clear and the reasoning for the reconstructions and trials easy to understand without being simplistic. It is a joy and wonder to browse through the pages or go straight to a single discovery. Either way what comes through is a richness and thoroughness that brings the items of the Royal Tudor Warship and its crew to life as real objects and people rather than the dry dust of history. To the Research crew, contributors and the Mary Rose Trust Organisation you have my deepest thanks for giving us this excellent record of your decades of work.

Regards Gregory House: Writer and Reconstruction Archaeologist.
Author of The Liberties of London
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like it a lot 27 July 2014
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Very informative book. Like it a lot :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Set of Books with Thorough Scholarship! 19 Oct 2011
By DaChipmunk - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a reenactor for 30 years and interested in medieval history - especially historic archery since I was a kid in the 1950's. Very few bows and arrows have survived the centuries - the Mary Rose contained a very large number of survivals, plus other equipment such as one Ivory and quite a few leather bracers from several reigns as I recall. This is the best study available in general print. It's huge and worth every penny. These archaeological masterworks are generally put out in limited numbers and not reprinted. If such things interest you I'd buy it Now. I've spent close to a dozen years chasing some individual books down in about thirty countries, it may seem like a lot now, but very little in the future.

I have two of the other large volumes on other aspects of the ship and her crew and a number of the more ordinary sized Mary Rose books and articles. They were very well done, as is this pair (in a nice slipcase).

A member of the Society of Archer-Antiquaries with a substantial collection of books and articles on similar subjects.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 15 Nov 2013
By William E. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
I love this set! It is a cornucopia of information about the military hardware and tack aboard the Mary Rose. I highly recommend it for anyone who requires primary documentation on items such as archery hardware, cannons, and armour.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE standard for Mary Rose Weapons information... 6 April 2013
By Tristan Workman - Published on Amazon.com
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I two volume set of books covering all the weapons recovered on the Tudor ship the Mary Rose. Volume one covers all the firearms/cannons/etc and the second book covers hand to hand and simple missile weapons, etc.

Doing research on historical English archery and these books were pretty much the meat and potatoes for my information. AMAZING books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. 3 July 2012
By Pete Bergagnini - Published on Amazon.com
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The set of books must be the most complete look in to the weapons on the "Mary Rose" and of the time.
a must have for any library on Sea Armaments of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weapons of Warre: The Armaments of the Mary Rose. 5 Nov 2012
By WeezeyBob - Published on Amazon.com
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This is clearly the best source for details on MR's armament. It covers every aspect, not just arms but accessories as well. The illustrations are excellent, the charts and archeological statistics are very valuable and the narrative is well crafted and informative. This is a must for anyone interested in Tudor ships and arms and is an excellent resource for model makers, reinactors and historians. It details the amazing diversity of armaments, how they were recovered, conserved and how they were used.
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