am 23. November 1999
Records of the Medieval Sword is a remarkable volume, representing a body of work in the subject area with no equal.
Although the information is provided in an extremely authoritative manner, it is written in a very personable way, leaving this reader with a desire to know (have known?) the author.
If I were to attempt to be overly critical of this book, I would mention that there are a few minor, but still rather annoying, typographical errors and mis-numbered illustrations that detract somewhat from the otherwise masterly scholorship presented in the volume.
Also, in my opinion, a reference such as this should be provided in a hard cover edition, with full color plates wherever possible.
I will treasure this addition to my library.
am 3. November 1999
This book contains a life-time's work and research of the sword. All the way from the early Scandinavian sword to the swords of the Renaissance and gives full in-depth summary and description on each piece. The author, Ewart Oakeshott is the leading expert of medieval swords and has taught me plenty (if not more) from his previous works. I am satisfied with the latest one here. "Records of the Medieval Sword" is well suited for a sword expert as well as for beginners and is for all to enjoy. The only thing I have to complain is that the binding of the book isnt done very well, but then again it could just be mine only. But then again, it should stop you from purchasing one.
am 18. März 1999
This book is full of pictures and data covering the full developement of the Medieval Sword in Europe. It contains the only complete typeology of swords, based on thier blade shape and function. It is written in a very readable form by a man with a genuine enthusiasm for swords, without the usual dry-as-dirt pedantry that is usually associated with books of this type. While by-passing some important data, it is far more comprehensive that any other book of it's type.
am 8. August 2010
Das Buch ist das Standardwerk zur Einteilung der Schwertkategorien. Es wäre schön wenn Oakeshott ausführlicher auf Vor-Nachteile in Kampftechnik/ Effektivität etc.der jeweiligen Gruppen eingegangen wäre.Das Bildmaterial ist leider größtenteils sehr schlecht. Unscharfe Schwarz-Weißaufnahmen die oft so unscharf und kontrastlos sind, dass man gerade noch den Umriß des Schwerts erkennen kann. Eine graphisch aufbereitete Neuausgabe mit heutiger Bildqualität würde ich mir bestimmt zulegen.