Armour Never Wearies: Scale and Lamellar Armour in the West, from the the Bronze Age to the 19th Century

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Armour Never Wearies is the first volume to bring together all the hitherto scattered evidence – archaeological, literary and artistic – for the forms and uses of scale and lamellar armours in the region west of the Ural Mountains throughout the 3,500 years during which these armours were used. The interpretation of this data is informed by the author’s long practical experience as a maker of arms and armour, martial artist and horseman. It offers systematic definitions and analysis of these often misunderstood forms of armour, along with detailed diagrams and instructions that will be of great use to any who wish to turn their hands to reconstruction. Along the way, this unique synthesis of evidence and interpretation debunks some myths that have arisen in recent years.
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Timothy Dawson has published widely on aspects of material culture and social history, particularly clothing and military matters, using a methodology which combines conventional scholarship with practical experience and reconstruction to make significant advances in certain areas. He is the author of six books, including Byzantine Cavalryman: Eastern Roman Empire.
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The History Press
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Published on
Aug 5, 2013
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9780752494241
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English
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Antiques & Collectibles / Military
History / Military / Weapons
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