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The Brightest Dark Ages,
This review is from: Arthur and the Anglo-Saxon Wars: Anglo-Celtic Warfare, A.D.410-1066 (Men-at-Arms) (Paperback)
This book is, so far, my favourite made by the “team” David Nicolle and Angus McBride; complementing a great and concise text by David Nicolle is some of the best artwork made by Angus McBride.
The text is divided in the following parts: introduction, chronology, the Arthurian age, Saxon and Celt, Britain and the Vikings.
The text provides a brief but very good introduction to the subject (Britain from the end of Roman dominion to the battle of Hastings) and is complemented by a fairly good bibliography (for further reading on the subject); perhaps this bibliography could be updated by the publishers or author (online?) as the book was published 20 years ago.
As I am an amateur illustrator I will take a little more space talking about the colour plates.
Honestly I can say that all of them are great!
When I got the book and was looking at the colour plates, every new one astonished me; the details, the composition and the atmosphere are superb in all of the illustration.
Next I will talk about each plate and present some of the best aspects of each one.
Plate A depicts a group of late roman soldiers; the faces of all of them and the helmet of figure 1;
Plate B presents some Anglo-Saxon warriors; the helmets and the entire figure 1;
Plate C (used in the cover art) is about a Romano-British warriors; the atmosphere and composition;
Plate D illustrates Pictish and north-British warriors; the atmosphere (at night) and the face of figure 3;
Plate E is about Ireland; again the faces, figure 2 and the army in the background;
Plate F (my favourite) represents a 9th century English king and a warrior and a monk; the composition, the atmosphere and details as the king’s cloths;
Plate G illustrates some Scandinavians warriors; the composition and the armour of figure 1 and the tunic of figure 3;
Plate H (one of the best) the composition and the atmosphere (in battle).
Either you are interested in the subject or really like good artwork this is really a must buy book!