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The Medieval Warrior’s (Unofficial) Manual

Michael Prestwich


Are you ready to become a knight? Sharpen your sword and your wits, and arm yourself with the facts!


The Knight is the supreme warrior of the Middle Ages, his strength and valour the stuff of legends. Here, Michael Prestwich cuts through the myth and romance to bring you the real deal. His witty but informative guide to life on campaign and at court is packed with contemporary accounts and surprising details.

Find out about the chivalric code; how to choose a coat of arms; the most efficient way to besiege a castle; joining a crusade; winning a lady’s favour – and more!

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: New Format

Size: 19.8 x 12.9 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 113

Publication date: 19 July 2018

ISBN: 9780500293843

Contents List

1. A Knight’s World • 2. Training • 3. Becoming a Knight • 4. Arms, Armour and Horses • 5. Orders of Knighthood • 6. Recruitment and Retinues • 7. Tournaments and Feats of Arms • 8. Campaigning • 9. Crusade • 10. Mercenaries • 11. Ladies and Damsels • 12. Siege • 13. Battle • 14. Ransoms and Booty • 15. Piety and Memory

About the Author

Michael Prestwich is Professor of History at the University of Durham. Among his many books are Plantagenet England, 1225-1360, Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages and English Politics in the Thirteenth Century.

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