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Title:
The book of swords
Author:
Reinhardt, Hank, 1934-2007.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Riverdale, N.Y. : Baen Pub. Enterprises ; New York : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, [2009]

©2009
Physical Description:
x, 235 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
Drawing on information from grave excavations, illustrations of battle scenes, and many classical and medieval literary sources, this book discusses how contemporaries showed swords were used and illustrates not only the beautiful form of the sword, but also its beauty of function.
Language:
English
Contents:
Copper and bronze -- Iron and steel -- Design and geometry of swords -- Wounds and the effects of swords -- The viking and early medieval sword -- The fighting milieu in the viking and early middle ages -- European swords: the rapier and the smallsword -- European swords: the saber -- European two-handed swords -- Eastern swords: the katana -- Easter two-handed swords -- Exotic blades; African swords and the kukri and its origins -- Basics of cutting -- Fighting with the sword.
ISBN:
9781439132814

9781439132821
Format :
Book