Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction

The 14th Century

by Brian R. Price; foreword by David Edge


526 pages, 8.5" x 11"
photos, illus.

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  • Chapter List
Before there was Iron Man, there were iron men - medieval knights who forged metal suits in preparation for warfare.

Few historical icons can match the evocative power of the medieval suit of armour, and this epic new book is a complete course in the tools and techniques of the modern armourer's art. Through more than 1,000 detailed photos and clear instruction, Brian Price presents a working handbook for aspiring and active armourers who want to develop their skills in the production of medieval armour in the style of the 14th century.

The book is divided into four sections: a sweeping history of armour and its production from its medieval roots to its modern revival; a practical introduction to all the tools and supplies necessary to equip a modern workshop; a thorough review of key techniques; and a series of actual courses in constructing armoured defenses for the head, body, arm, hand and leg. Taking the reader through the construction of an authentic medieval harness from conception to completion, Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction is a vital addition to the libraries of serious craftsmen, historians, collectors and researchers.
1) A Brief History of the Armourer and His Art
2) Armour Reproductions : Armouring for Collectors and Museums
3) Armouring for Reenactors : Tournament Societies and Medieval Feats of Arms
4) The Modern Armoures
5) The Armourers Workshop
6) Tools
7) Supplies for the Armoury
8) Concerning the Selection of Metal : Iron, Steel, and "Latten"
9) Steps Required for All Pieces
10) Training the Hammer and the Eye
11) Conducting Research
12) Taking Measurements
13) Design, Patterning, and Fitting
14) Cutting and Deburring
15) Basic Hammerwork
16) Enhancing Techniques
17) Riveting and Welding
18) Raising: The Cornerstone Technique
19) Annealing, Heat-Treating and Tempering
20) Engineering the Joint
21) Latches, Catches, Hinges, and Buckles
22) Grinding and Polishing
23) Decorative Enhancements
24) Strapping and Leatherwork
25) Padding and Arming Points
26) Weaving Mail
27) Working in Cuirboille
28) Caring for finished Armour
29) Armour in the 14th Century
30) Defending the Head
31) Defending the Body
32) Defending the Arm
33) Defending the Hand
34) Defending the Leg
35) The Company of Saint George
36) Glossary of Technical and Medieval Terms
37) Sources
38) Select Bibliography