Paperback, 256 pgs. Since its publication over 90 years ago, this classic reference work has been a standard in the field. It illuminates in masterly fashion every aspect of the armorer’s craft during the approximately five centuries it flourished in Europe. Not only does the author describe many types of armor, he also analyzes and evaluates the products of individual armorers and entire periods from the standpoint of effectiveness, convenience, construction methods, decoration, and other aspects. Enhancing the text are 69 line illustrations and 32 photographs depicting men in armor, suits of armor and objects related to the armorer’s craft, along with two pages of reproductions of armorer’s marks. Also included are fascinating excerpts from actual medieval documents dealing with armor, and a comprehensive polyglot glossary of armor terms. Unabridged facsimile republication of the edition published by Methuen & Co., London, 1912.