Few historical icons match the evocative power of the medieval suit of armour. Forged from sheets of iron, then beaten with hammer and stake into elaborate sculptures of defence, the knight's armour symbolised his marital prowess, his social station and his nobility of purpose-the very essence of chivalry in the middle ages. Today, a growing community of medieval reenactors, collectors, historians, and martial artists have revived the art of the armourer, reanimating the steel's role as a functional defence for modern combatants participating in tournament competition as well as celebrating its beauty purely as a work of art. Through his skill, the modern armourer has succeeded in communicating across the ages, mooring the chivalric ideals of the Middle Ages to the iron sheet that is his medium and through that sheet, to us. Through poetic prose and practical instruction, Brian R Price presents a lavish introduction to some of today's finest craftsman and their work as well as a step-by-step guide for novice and intermediate armourers who desire to delve into the tools and techniques of this specialised art form. With more than 1000 stunning photographs of medieval and modern designs, Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction is a major contribution to the restoration and preservation of one of the grandest physical representations of the ideals of the Western World.
- Softcover: 508 pages
- Language: English
- Illustrations: Black & White/Line
- ISBN-13: 9781581605365
- Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.4 x 2.7 cm
Well what can I say, this is the armouring book of books. Yes it does have a set time period but the catalogue of techniques is universal. I have watched an armourer working on an item of full gothic plate using systems that are set out in this book and that alone makes it worth it's price. You want to have an intelligent conversation with an armourer? Read this book first as it will give you a solid basis in terms and techniques!