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on 21 November 2008
This book is a short, well illustrated introduction to the world of the Mongol warrior, and it's probably the best of its type available. It's also worth looking out for Turnbull's other book on the Mongols.

The book covers everything about the Mongol soldier, from his recruitment and training, to appearance and dress, daily life at the camp, to the Mongol Warrior's experience of battle. Despite its length (64 pages) the book manages to pack in a lot of information.

Turnbull is a great erudite writer, and he does a good job at explaining the complex and alien world of these Medieval Warriors. Comic Book Illustrator, Wayne Reynolds, also lends up to 8 pages of full colour plates for the book, displaying the Mongols at camp and in battle, including the equipment and dress of light archers and heavy cavalrymen. These might not be up to the standard of Angus McBride's previous efforts for Osprey, but they are still very effective.
Topping it off are numerous black and white photographs of Mongol armour, weapons, and helmets (from museums) and pictures from Medieval manuscripts and codices. A few pictures of modern Mongolia and its people are also included for effect.

A bibliography and glossary is placed at the end of the book, while a Chronological timeline of events in Medieval Mongolian history is also added at the beginning.

All in all, a worthy addition to the library of anyone with an interest in Medieval Military History or the Mongols.
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