Books


TECHNIQUES OF MEDIEVAL ARMOUR REPRODUCTION

The 14th Century

by Brian R. Price

Through more than 1,000 detailed photos and clear textual instruction, Brian Price presents a working handbook for aspiring and active armourers who want to develop and sharpen their skills in the production of medieval armour in the style of the 14th century. The book is divided into four sections: • a sweeping history of armour and its production from its medieval roots to its modern revival • a practical introduction to all the tools and supplies necessary to equip a modern workshop • a thorough review of key techniques in the armourer’s arsenal • a series of actual courses in constructing armoured defenses for the head, body, arm, hand and leg. Taking the reader through the construction of an authentic medieval harness from conception to completion, Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction is a vital addition to the libraries of serious craftsmen, historians, collectors and researchers. 8 1/2 x 11, hardcover, photos, illus., 520 pp.

Price: $79.95 US

 


MEDIEVAL SWORDSMANSHIP

Illustrated Methods and Techniques

by John Clements

From the author of Renaissance Swordsmanship comes the most comprehensive and historically accurate view ever of the lost fighting arts of Medieval knights, warriors and men-at-arms. Based on years of extensive training and research in the use of European swords, it contains highly effective fighting techniques for the sword, sword & shield, long-sword, great-sword, pole-arm and more. And with more than 200 illustrations and rare historical documents, it is a scholarly reference as well as a hands-on training guide for martial artists of all levels. 8 1/2 x 11, softcover, illus., 344 pp.

Price: $40.00 US

 


RENAISSANCE SWORDSMANSHIP

The Illustrated Use of Rapiers and Cut-and-Thrust Swords

by John Clements

This is the most thorough work ever about historical swordsmanship. It is both a general reference and an instructional guide for advanced and beginning sword enthusiasts, students of military history and martial artists. Includes rare historical info and 100 original drawings. 8 1/2 x 11, softcover, illus., 152 pp.

Price: $25.00 US

 


THE BOOK OF SWORDS

by Hank Reinhardt

The sword is the most revered of all of man’s weapons. Although the club is older, the knife more universal, and the firearm much more efficient, it is to the sword that most decoration, myth, mysticism and reverence has been given. The katana has been called “The Soul of the More... As our society has grown more and more advanced, and more reliant on technology, there has been an increased interest in the weapons of the past. The romance of the sword is very much alive—but movies, books and fiction of all types have romanticized the past, and particularly the sword, beyond all recognition of the real thing. 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. Building on Oakeshott and other authoritative writers on the subject, this volume, representing ten years of writing and a lifetime of experience, will add to the body of knowledge of the history of swords by illustrating not only the beauty of the form of the sword, but also their beauty of function.

Price: $19.00 US

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VALLEY OF THE WHITE GIANTS

A fictional novel by Peter Fuller

An Indian amulet with Viking runes on it… an enigmatic satellite photograph that resembles an eleventh century Viking settlement… two American hunters brutally murdered in the wilds of northern British Columbia… an archaeologist gone missing after leaving a trail of tantalizing clues… a mysterious valley steeped in native legend, where those who dare to enter are never heard from again… U.S. State Department agent Ray Pinder is sent to Canada to investigate the deaths of the two hunters. He arrives to find his old college buddy, Bill Jenkins, missing, and Jenkins distraught sister Donna, enlists his aid to help find him. Together, they trek into the wilderness of northern British Columbia, to a place the Indians call the ‘Valley of the White Giants.’ What they find gives new meaning to the phrase, ‘the truth is stranger than fiction,’ as they enter a world thought to be extinct for nine hundred years, and face dangers they never imagined…

Price: $25.00 US

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Videos & DVD's


ARMORER’S WORKSHOP (videos - VHS, NTSC/U.S. standard)
A Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Medieval Great Helm

by Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is one of the most accomplished armorers in the world today. Through years of painstaking research and examination of actual period armor, he re-created the traditional skills of armorcraft and literally rediscovered this lost art. Now he makes it available to you. In this phenomenal two-tape video set, Fuller takes you step by step through the process of making a medieval great helm – one of the landmark achievements in the development of armor and a piece coveted by collectors and reenactors alike. Fuller covers every step of this project in meticulous detail, including cutting and profiling the pieces, shaping and fitting, riveting and assembly, sanding and polishing, and constructing and adjusting the leather harness. In the process, he also presents never-before-seen instruction in the lesser-known skills of armorcraft, including “raising” metal to create the domed cap of the helmet. The skills taught in this video will not only enable you to make your own historically accurate, battle-worthy helmet, they represent a comprehensive apprenticeship in the armorer’s craft. Videos are nonreturnable; defective tapes will be replaced. 2-Tape Set, Color, approx. 180 min total. ISBN 1-58160-408-4
Price: $79.95 US

ARMORER’S WORKSHOP Volume 2 (videos - DVD, Region 1/U.S. standard)
A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Hourglass Gauntlets

by Peter Fuller

Master armourer Peter Fuller continues your education in the art of making stunning, historically accurate medieval armour in this original video production from Paladin Press. Building on the skills he imparted in the first volume of this series, Fuller takes you step-by-step through the creation of the smaller, more detailed pieces that make up a pair of hourglass gauntlets, so called because of their tapering hourglass shape. With customary attention to detail and meticulous craftsmanship, he teaches you how to weld and sand individual pieces into a strong assembly, anneal and shape brass to make it easy to work, chase fine lines into your piece for historical accuracy, and polish even the smallest pieces of steel to a mirror finish consistent with the appearance of 14th century armour. Fuller also demonstrates the all but lost art of "fluting" a piece of brass for decoration and teaches you how to raise the gauntlets's knuckles into their distinctive domed shape. Every video includes full-scale patterns for the gauntlets and specialized armour-making tools, including the fluting tool.
Price: $89.95 US

MYTH OF THE SWORD (video - NTSC, U.S. standard) (PAL Versions Available upon request)

by Hank Reinhardt

In this original Paladin production, world-renowned sword expert Hank Reinhardt pulls aside the veil of myth and fantasy to expose the realities of swords and sword combat. Often controversial, sometimes provocative, but never boring, Reinhardt presents a detailed history of swords, their evolution and their use in both warfare and individual combat around the globe. Reinhardt also answers the most commonly asked questions on dueling, ancient and medieval warfare and modern-day care of swords. Finally, through dramatic cutting demonstrations on armored and unarmored targets, he demonstrates the proper use and awesome power of a variety of swords, from Japanese katanas to medieval broadswords. If you've ever seen or handled a sword and felt an indefinablethrill that sent your spirit singing back to the days of yore, this video is a must see. For information purposes only. Color, approx. 90 min.

Price: $59.95 US

 


VIKING SWORD (video - NTSC, U.S. standard) (PAL Versions Available upon request)

How to Use the Viking Sword in Real Combat

by Hank Reinhardt

The Vikings were among the most feared warriors in the history of mankind. In this extraordinary video, renowned historian and sword expert Hank Reinhardt provides a rare insight into the sword fighting tactics of the Viking raiders. Reinhardt spent decades analyzing archeological relics, the Icelandic sagas and other historical materials to develop a theoretical blueprint of the Vikings’ fearsome style of sword combat. He then put his theory to the test through countless hours of full-contact sparring with reproduction weapons. Through dramatic fights featuring swordsmen in authentic period costume, this video presents a graphic analysis of all four major styles of Viking sword combat (sword vs. sword, sword and shield without armor, sword and shield with minimal armor, and sword and shield with full armor) and teaches you the most reliable, combat-proven tactics of each. A landmark accomplishment in the history of armed combat, this video is destined to become a classic. Color, approx. 45 min.

Price: $44.95 US

 


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