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Ancient Weapons in Britain (Hardback)

Ancient History

By Logan Thompson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781844151509
Published: 31st October 2004
Last Released: 1st August 2007

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Few accounts of ancient warfare have looked at how the weapons were made and how they were actually used in combat. Logan Thompson's pioneering survey traces the evolution of weapons in Britain across 3000 years, from the Bronze Age to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Insights gained from painstaking practical research and technical analysis shed new light on the materials used, the processes of manufacture, the development of the weapons and their effectiveness. His account features new information about the weapons themselves, their origin and design, and it offers a fascinating new perspective on the practice of early warfare.

The connotations that are assumed when reading a title such as 'Ancient Weapons in Britain' are usually ones of violence and you'd expect there to be little content that would grasp a reader, however this is not the case. Yes it does contain a catalog of weapons, but this book is much more than that. There is a great deal of information to be obtained, for example it isn't just endless, tedious descriptions of weapons, it shows how weaponry has evolved across a substantial time frame. It takes a weapon and looks at it being used in its simplistic forms and then explains how it has been adapted and manufactured for different purposes. By having access to look at weaponry during the times of the Romans, you also get an insight into the society at the time. A lot can be distinguished from looking at a times weapons, you can see how advanced and civilized people were and whether they were hostile or not by analysing whether the weapons were designed to attack and kill or rather defend their own lands.

Jeff Bond
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