ARMS & ARMOUR OF THE CRUSADING ERA: 1050-1350
David Nicolle, PhD, Greenhill Books (ISBN: 1-85367-347-1)
This book, first published in 1988, is THE COMPREHENSIVE SOURCE I use for
documentation of arms and armour for the Crusades period. Exhaustively researched, with numerous references and illustrations from effigies, art and actual extant pieces of equipment, this book is a valuable guide into how we who study the Middle Ages prior to 1350 C. E. should properly arm ourselves.
Dr. Nicolle taught world and Islamic art and architectural history at
Yarmuk University in Jordan, and has written numerous papers on the Crusades,
as well as several books for the Osprey Men-at-Arms, Elite and Warrior
series. I cite him, along with Ian Heath, as the foremost authorities on
the subject of Crusader and Western European history. This book, (priced
at $36.95 from a book club) will make a valuable (and useful) addition
to your research library.