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

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

HISTORY

128 Pages, 6 x 9.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $26.95 (US $26.95) (CA $31.95)

Publication Date: November 2013

ISBN 9780752488622

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Nov 2013)
Spellmount

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Overview

This 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 armors in the region west of the Urals throughout the two thousand years during which these armors were used. Lamellar armor differs from the earlier scale armor in not needing a backing for the individual pieces of leather, iron, or bronze. The interpretation of this meticulous collection of data is informed by the author’s decades-long practical experience as a maker of arms and armor, martial artist, and horseman. It offers systematic definitions and analysis of these often misunderstood forms of armor, 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 myths that have arisen in recent years.

Author Biography

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.