Knight

Knight

The Warrior and World of Chivalry

General Military
  • Author: Robert Jones
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 20 Oct 2011
  • ISBN: 9781849083126
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 240
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About this Product

The knight in shining armour charging across the battlefield has become an iconic figure of the medieval period. Yet behind the popular image lies a world of the knight that is both more complex and more fascinating. This book uncovers the myths to reveal the true knight warrior, examining his equipment, arms, and armour, his steed, his 'career path', and of course his 'chivalric code'. It also investigates the role of the knight in law and justice, and in feudal warfare. Lavishly illustrated and drawing on first-hand accounts from the knights themselves, this book reveals the world of the knight in all his glory.

Biographical Note

Robert Jones is a part-time tutor in Life Long Learning at Cardiff University, Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, and a part-time tour guide at the Baths in Bath. His book Brazen Armour and Bloodied Banners: Martial Display on the Medieval Battlefield, the subject of his PhD thesis, will be published by Boydell & Brewer in 2010. He has also written various papers for academic journals. A military historian and wargamer of over twenty years, with interests in all periods from ancient through to modern, he specialises in the medieval period A member of the Sealed Knot English Civil Wars re-enactment society for eighteen years, he is at present Captain of Dragoons to the Army of Parliament, running a group of some thirty men, women and children and regularly commanding the army's advanced guard. He is also a student of the medieval longsword and sixteenth-century rapier as a Western martial art for three years with the Messengers group based in Swindon.

Contents

Introduction
1 Origins and ancestors
2 Equipment, arms and armour
Training and tactics
4 Combat
5 Chivalry and the knightly code
6 Civilian and courtly life
7 The end of the knight
8 The knight as icon
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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