The Knight and the Blast Furnace: A History of the Metallurgy of Armour in the Middle Ages & the Early Modern Period (History of Warfare, Volume 12)

The Knight and the Blast Furnace: A History of the Metallurgy of Armour in the Middle Ages & the Early Modern Period (History of Warfare, Volume 12)

Alan Williams


The go well with of armour distinguishes the ecu center a while & Renaissance from all different classes and cultures. not like versatile defences, renowned in all places else on the earth, the inflexible, articulated, exoskeleton of a "suit of armour" was once a extra extravagant and no more adaptable technique of own defense. It required larger metallurgical assets to make, yet provided much better safety opposed to to be had guns. This ebook tells the tale from its invention in 14th century Lombardy, which trusted the construction of the mandatory metal, until eventually its eventual decline within the seventeenth century, mostly a result of improvement of one other army expertise, the gun. The metallurgy of six hundred armours has been analysed, and their possible effectiveness in conflict is classified through mechanical checks.

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