The World of the Medieval Knight

The World of the Medieval Knight

A Vivid Exploration of the Origins, Rise and Fall of the Noble Order of Knighthood, Illustrated With Over 220 Fine-art Paintings and Photographs

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This book travels back in time to the intriguing middle ages, one of the most violent and turbulent periods in European history, to explore the world of a medieval knight. Delving into the origins of knighthood, the book reveals the long and arduous training and education that noble-born sons undertook. It describes the demands of chivalry and the strength of character needed to protect the vulnerable, alongside the obligations and rewards expected and received. The world of the castle is examined, showing the knight at home, his duties to administer the King's law and maintain peace, and how he spent his leisure time pursuing the noble arts of courtly love, hawking, jousting, hunting and music. This book enlivens the world of the chivalric knight, portraying these legendary heroes in vivid detail.
Publisher: London : Hermes House, c2010.
ISBN: 9780857232120
0857232126
Characteristics: 128 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,31 cm.
Alternative Title: Medieval knight

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May 10, 2012

The World of the Medieval Knight ----- by Charles Phillips. This is a beautiful book. It’s not very thick, less than 1cm but it is large --- bigger than the size of a comic book. It has been reproduced on heavy, coated stock which makes the illustrations even more inspiring and vivid. The illustrations are in brilliant full colour of contemporary art work from textual illuminations and other sources such as the Bayeux Tapestries and Froissat’s Chronicles (http://wn.com/Froissart's_Chronicles) dating from the second half of the fourteenth century. Only slightly over 120 pages long it none the less provides a lot of insight, not only in the knights of the time, but also, and more importantly, in the context of their world. And so we learn not only of the knights mount and his armour but also about the crusades; heraldry; tourneys; techniques of warfare; knights and chivalry. We also learn of significant men of this time: The Black Douglas; Richard Coeur de Lion; and Sir Henry “Hotspur” Percy. Who is this book for? The precocious twelve year old lad (or girl) intent on learning more about this interesting period; the reader of historical fiction like myself who wants to get a better iodea of the period in time in which Bernard Cornwell has set some of his novels like Azincourt for example. Lastly, this book will be of interest to anyone wanting an overview of the development of western society in the context of warfare during this period in European history.

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