- ISBN 9780500251607
- 19.80 x 12.50 cm
- PLC (no jacket)
- 113 Illustrations, 22 in colour
- First published 2010
‘Manages that difficult feat, presenting a considerable amount of learning in a light-hearted, eminently readable way … The humour and serious scholarship are finely balanced.… ’ – Ancestors
‘Brilliantly, this book … is not only interesting but accurate, incorporating apposite snippets of contemporary texts and hundreds of illustrations … With any luck, this great little book […] will inspire another generation to marvel at the great and terrible deeds of the knightly class’ – The Times Literary Supplement
‘Contains a wealth of information … Delightfully entertaining and packed solid with masses of fascinating facts. Investigate this manual: you may find yourself compelled to add it to stock’ – School Librarian
You want to be a knight?
The knight is the supreme warrior of the Middle Ages. Fully armoured, mounted on a magnificent charger, he seems invincible …
This book provides all the essential information you need to become a successful knight in the later Middle Ages.
You will learn …
• How to go through the ceremony of knighthood
• What armour and weapons to buy
• Where you should go on crusade
• How to make a fortune from war
• Which order of chivalry to join
• How to win at tournaments and impress the love of your life
• What do do at sieges and in battle
Based on contemporary lives and descriptions, combined with modern-day reconstructions, this book – written by a leading medieval historian – provides a vivid picture of what it was like to be a knight at war.
Michael Prestwich taught History at Durham University. He has contributed to The Medieval World at War and Great Military Leaders and Their Campaigns and is the author of many books on medieval history and warfare including Medieval People published by Thames & Hudson.