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Osprey Warrior 48 : English Medieval Knight 1200-1300

This book explores the English knight during the 13th century, a period in which knighthood became so expensive that many eligible men had to be forced into it by royal command. The role of the squire, and the problems in defining his background and duties in this period, are discussed. The training of squires, and how practice at arms by knights was augmented by hunting and tournaments is also looked at. The tournament was a highly dangerous but lucrative way of accumulating wealth and status and its form is traced from the wild team events of the early century to the single jousts (sometimes in fancy dress) with blunt lances of the later period. The feudal system, commutation of duty by the money payment of scutage, and the hiring of mercenaries, illustrates the way in which the army was formed. The knightly retinue is explained. Campaign life in the 13th century embraces several theatres of war, including the problems of younger sons supporting baronial revolt under King John, the barons' wars of Simon de Montfort, and the Welsh and Scottish wars of Edward I. Photographs of rare surviving pieces of armour are included, together with detailed breakdowns of the use and development of arms, armour, costume and other equipment, as well as types of horses and horse armour. Text by Chris Gravett and illustrated with eight plates by Graham Turner, covering all aspects of knighthood in this period and with detailed exploded views of the armour and equipment.

    Contents
  • Historical Background
  • Chronology
  • Training
  • Appearance and Equipment
  • Recruitment
  • Campaign Life
  • Experience of Battle
  • What to See
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

 

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