Warriors and their Weapons around the Time of the Crusades: Relationships between Byzantium, the West and the Islamic World, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Warriors and their Weapons around the Time of the Crusades

Relationships between Byzantium, the West and the Islamic World, 1st Edition

By David Nicolle


340 pages

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Hardback: 9780860788980
pub: 2002-12-23
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The technological relationship between the three main civilizations of the Western world - Byzantium, the Islamic world and the West - most particularly in the area of arms, armour and military technology is a field of research for which Dr Nicolle is noted. This volume deals principally with Western Europe and Byzantium, which for many centuries learnt from the Muslims in these matters; several articles also focus on military interactions in the Crusader states. The work draws upon both written and archaeological sources, but above all makes use of the depictions of war and military equipment in contemporary art to examine the interconnections across the medieval world.


'Students of medieval arms and armor will welcome this collection of reprints culled from the prodigious output of a recognized expert.' Choice 'No serious library should be without the two volumes of [David Nicolle's] Arms and Armours of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350.' The Historian '… a very useful volume whose central worth derives from Nicolle's amazing knowledge of the arms and armour of Asia, the Middle East and Europe.' Crusades

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Medieval warfare: the unfriendly interface; Byzantium and Islamic arms and armour: evidence for mutual influence; No way overland? Evidence for Byzantine arms and armour on the 10th-11th century Taurus frontier; The impact of the European couched lance on Muslim military tradition; Armes et armures dans les Épopées des Croisades; Arms and armour illustrated in the art of the Latin east; Wounds, military surgery and the reality of crusading warfare: the evidence of Usamah's memoires; 'Ain al-Habis: the cave de Sueth; The Monreale capitals and the military equipment of later Norman Sicily; The Capella Palatina ceiling and the Muslim military inheritance of Norman Sicily; Arms, armour and horse harnesses in the Parma Baptistery painted ceiling; Index.

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Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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