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Posted by: murphac Two-handed swords seem to be something of a crowd-pleaser among medievalists and fantasy authors and illustrators (often achieving ridiculous proportions in the latter case). I think a Weapon title that covered these fearsome blades would be interesting as well as a popular seller. It could cover the development of these large weapons from the late medieval longswords and the different forms that emerged such as the zweihänder (aka: bidenhänder, aka schlachtschwert, etc.) and the Scottish claymore. When you have authors like Mike Loades who are very willing to go out and test these types of weapons themselves, it would make a very interesting read. Thoughts?
Posted on: 05/02/2014 17:15:00

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Posted by: Saberfencer
Total Posts: 5
Joined Date: Wednesday, 7 January 2009
I couldn't agree more. It's definitely time to expand the scope of the Weapon series, as I'm pretty sure as of right now you can count on one hand the number of titles that aren't devoted to modern firearms. Mike Loades is of course very well qualified to write on the subject of pretty much any ancient or medieval weapon, given his extensive personal experience with so many of them. His Longbow book was very enjoyable, as is his non Osprey work Swords and Swordsmen. Anyway, I certainly hope we see many more ancient and medieval weapon titles coming soon.
Posted on: 05/02/2014 18:12:00
Posted by: WickedMessenger
Total Posts: 10
Joined Date: Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Good idea.
Posted on: 05/02/2014 18:28:00
Posted by: Neil Grant
Total Posts: 13
Joined Date: Friday, 27 March 2015
I think a weapon book covering hand-and-a-half and/or two handed swords would be both interesting and viable. you have a variety of source manuals available, such as the medieval feuchtbooks of talhoffer, fiore de'liberi and johannes lichtenauer, which would allow a useful section on training and use. it's something i'd like to pull together a proposal one, but i don't see myself having the time to do so any time soon
Posted on: 05/02/2014 20:47:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
Total Posts: 51
Joined Date: Saturday, 6 July 2013
This would be a very interesting book and if up to Ospreys usual standard, I would certainly buy it.
Posted on: 05/02/2014 23:42:00
Posted by: MTG
Total Posts: 30
Joined Date: Wednesday, 21 December 2011
I'd buy such a title.
Posted on: 05/02/2014 23:52:00
Posted by: AdamC
Total Posts: 273
Joined Date: Thursday, 22 January 2009
Excellent idea murphac, I’d certainly buy such a title. Great idea mate! Osprey – please bear this one in mind!!! Its also nice to see a book proposal from somebody that has actually thought about it before posting, nice one.
Posted on: 06/02/2014 08:36:00
Posted by: andyana
Total Posts: 25
Joined Date: Wednesday, 9 February 2011
I'd certainly be interested in this; the Weapon series desperately needs something other than "US infantry weapons of WWII".
Posted on: 06/02/2014 13:38:00
Posted by: Ardashir51
Total Posts: 12
Joined Date: Wednesday, 20 May 2009
I would love to buy a book that went into details on the two-handers and hand-and-a-half swords of Europe if Osprey published one.
Posted on: 07/02/2014 03:14:00
Posted by: DAZ REICH
Total Posts: 69
Joined Date: Monday, 25 February 2013
I think they should do a book on the bitch swords, they are older than my interest but I like them.
Posted on: 07/02/2014 10:17:00
Posted by: Nightbird
Total Posts: 1
Joined Date: Saturday, 4 January 2014
A good idea and a good post too. I mean murphac’s. About the bitch sword…Well, I’ll google it and it doesn’t mean that I think Daz’ idea is a bad one...
Posted on: 08/02/2014 15:37:00
Posted by: DAZ REICH
Total Posts: 69
Joined Date: Monday, 25 February 2013
Bastard swords not bitch, had another look and realised Doh.
Posted on: 10/02/2014 07:54:00
Posted by: Pompeius Minus
Total Posts: 6
Joined Date: Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Really good idea. They're probably one of the most misunderstood and mythologized weapons of all time (cough, Conan, cough). I look forward to being informed.
Posted on: 10/02/2014 09:10:00
Posted by: Blood Rave
Total Posts: 18
Joined Date: Friday, 10 May 2013
Gets my vote
Posted on: 02/04/2014 22:20:00

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