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2 nice looking books at HE
« on: 2009-06-12, 12:33:26 »

Book, ''Hastings 1066, And Everyday Life in the 11th century''

On October 14, 1066, the battle of Hastings forever changed the destiny of England. The victory of the Normans over the Anglo-Saxon transform England’s language, its institutions and its architecture. This monograph describes out the course of the battle as well as the arms and armour of the combatants. Civilian life is also explored through reconstructions of the clothing and day to day objects of the period. Also included is a proposed menu for William’s victory feast.

The gorgeous full colour photos of clothing, military and archery equipment, leatherware, textiles and embroideries invite the reader to discover the many aspects of life in the 11th century.

In October 2006, the reenactment of this battle by 3800 participants afforded the authors and photographers the unique opportunity to place panels of the Bayeux Tapestry side by side with photographs taken during the reenactment. These splendid photos bring us directly into the heart of events which occured on that fateful day.

Brought to you by the same publisher as our other living history magazines, this high quality French text publication is jam-packed with glorious living history photos, maps, diagrams, recipes and more!

Editions Heimdal/ApHV
84 pages, softcover
Colour photographs throughout, plus reconstructions and drawings


Book, ''The Life of a Knight 1171-1252''

The medieval knight has a distinctive silhouette, despite the numerous legends which blur historical reality. At the turning point between the 12th and 13th centuries, while the feudal order was slowly disappearing in favor of the overwhelming royal will, some men stood apart from their contemporaries by their ability to fight on horses. They held the power and were considered little by little as the ruling class; they were the lords of the land.

This book tells the story of fictional Thibaut des Puys de Morsaing, a young and poor bachelor, who is about to achieve great success and become a rich land owner. Following his father's steps, who died during the Crusades, and his godfather's, Tristan de Maumesnil, he grasps the opportunities offered to him. The many events in the life of this imaginary character are used as a framework to stage France's medieval society, from king Philippe Auguste to Saint Louis.

Featuring members of the reenactment groups 'Fief et Chevalerie' and '1186-583' the excellently reconstructed costumes and weaponry covers almost every aspect of soldier life in the early middle ages both on and off the battlefield. Peasantry, nobility, Crusaders and their Saracen opponents are covered in this beautifully presented book.

Hardcover: 116 pages
Publisher: Histoire and Collections (July 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 2352500672
ISBN-13: 978-2352500674
Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches