Book review: The Two-Handed Sword

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With a preface by Mike Loades, who wrote a feature on war bows for us last month, this is essentially a guide to everything you ever wanted to know about two-handed swords but didn’t know where to start.

Author: NEIL MELVILLE

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

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With a preface by Mike Loades, who wrote a feature on war bows for us last month, this is essentially a guide to everything you ever wanted to know about two-handed swords but didn’t know where to start. It covers the history, development thanks to better metallurgy, different styles of sword and then a large section on its actual use. This covers both historical combat examples as well as duelling techniques and how to use it in an actual fight.

 

There are numerous references to classic texts for the technique parts and while it is copiously illustrated the author points out where artistic licence may have been used. With high quality, glossy paper throughout, enabling the use of colour illustrations, it’s a fine-looking book that should answer any questions you’ve ever had about the two-handed sword.

 

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• Pen and Sword
• 234 pages • Hardback • £25

 

As reviewed in The Armourer June 2019

 

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