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The illustrated directory of swords & sabres : a visual encyclopedia of 400 edged weapons, including swords, sabres, pikes, bills, spears, polearms and lances

by Withers, Harvey J. S.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 623.4 Wit
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  623.4 Wit
Since the first flint spearheads emerged around 600, 000 years ago, edged weapons have played a central part in the shaping of human society. As well as being the foremost weapon of war for centuries, swords, spears and lances have been used all over the world for hunting, status and as a badge of honour. This broad-ranging work examines all the most significant edged weapons, from the swords and spears of ancient Egypt to the pike and thrusting polearms of medieval Europe, and from the slashing sabres of the 17th-century cavalry to the presentation and dress swords used for show, pomp and civil ceremonies in the 1900s. Featuring more than 400 examples from around the world, this comprehensive volume includes not only all types of swords, but also polearms, pikes, lances and spears, and also offers information on African, Chinese, Sri Lankan, Indian and South-east Asian weapons. An indispensable resource for the keen enthusiast and serious collector alike, the detailed, close-up photographs of each entry will intrigue anyone with an interest in the conflicts, warriors and weapons that have been a part of our human history.
Design of the sword
Early stone weapons
Bronze age weapons
Weapons of early civilizations
Frankish, Viking, and Saxon weapons
Medieval swords
Late Medieval and Renaissance swords
Partizans and glaives
Pikes, bills and spontoons
Spears, guisarmes and bardiches
Other polearms
Hunting swords and hangers
English Civil War swords
Broadswords and sabres
Cavalry lances
Military and tournament lances
17th- to 19th-century cavalry swords
17th- to 19th-century infantry swords
Basket-hilted swords
17th- and 18th-century smallswords
North American swords
Fencing swords
Naval weapons
French Napoleonic swords
British Napoleonic swords
Swords of the British Empire
Swords of the Russian Empire
Swords of the German Empire
Swords of the Austro-Hungarian Empire
Swords of the French Empire
Japanese swords
Chinese and Tibetan swords
Chinese polearms
African weapons
Sri Lankan and Indian swords
Indian polearms
Weapons of South-east Asia
Presentation swords
Civilian and regimental swords
Dress swords
Swords of the two World Wars
Marks and decorations

Additional Information
Subjects Swords -- History.
Swords -- Encyclopedias.
Sabers -- Encyclopedias.
Sabers -- History.
Swords -- Pictorial works.
Sabers -- Pictorial works.
Publisher Wigston, Leicestershire, [England] :Southwater,2011
Other Titles Illustrated encyclopedia of swords and sabres.
Illustrated directory of swords and sabres
Swords & sabres
Contributors Withers, Harvey J. S. Illustrated encyclopedia of swords and sabres.
Language English
Notes "Previously published as part of a larger volume: The Illustrated encyclopedia of swords and sabres"--T.p. verso.
Description 160 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 158) and index.
ISBN 9781844769865 :
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