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by A.V.B. Norman,Don Pottinger

New in new dust jacket. 278 p. Includes: illustrations, index, bibliography. Depicts the life of the Medieval warrior, his training, his weapons and equipment, and his life and obligations under the feudal system. Originally written in 1971 by Norman (now deceased), then the leading specialist on medieval arms and armour.
Download The Medieval Soldier epub
ISBN: 1566193818
ISBN13: 978-1566193818
Category: History
Subcategory: Military
Author: A.V.B. Norman,Don Pottinger
Language: English
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Inc; Reprint. edition (1993)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1547 kb
FB2 size: 1162 kb
Rating: 4.9
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As an amateur medievalist, I take particular interest in all things medieval and own numerous volumes on the subject. This work by A.V.B. Norman stands at the very top of my list of best writing in the field of military history of any period, not just the Middle Ages. Attention to detail in the author's research is particularly impressive, and the part played by tournaments and the church is a new twist to the story of the life of a medieval soldier.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject. Few others equal it.
A quick word on A V B Norman's credentials. His works appear in the bibliogrphies of historians no less renowned than R. Ewart Oakeshott, David Edge, and John Miles Paddock. Needless to say, his work is well respected.
This wonderful book focus on the early medieval period, and covers armour, weapons, tactics, and organization of the Vikings, The Franks, The Crusaders, etc. Line drawings, and plates reproducing manuscripts of the period aid the reader in understanding Mr. Norman's descriptions of weapons, armour, and other equipment. Furthermore, this book lives up to its title and deals with the common soldier, not just the over-lauded knight.
Thought this book only deals with my favourite period (the mid 14th century)in its brief final chapter, I would recomend this work to anyone with an interest in medieval warfare.