In History and Legend

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Looks at the origins of knights and chivalry, describes the everyday life of knights, presents information on knights throughout history, and covers the cultural legacy of knights.

Firefly Books Ltd

The most comprehensive book on knights and knighthood available.

The word "knight" conjures up images of gallant men in gleaming armor astride noble steeds, searching for foes to fight and fair maidens to rescue. In Knights the reality of knighthood is detailed, warts and all. This handsome reference tells the true story of these mounted warriors, who evolved from simple soldiers on horseback to defenders of the faith during the Crusades.

Written by a team of historians with specialized knowledge of the medieval period, this beautifully illustrated reference includes:

  • A timeline of knight history from its origins
  • The ethos and ideals of knighthood
  • Becoming a knight and the everyday life of a knight
  • Knights in premedieval times
  • The rise and fall of Charlemagne's empire
  • Knights among the Normans and the Saxons
  • The Crusades
  • The decline of knighthood
  • The role of literature and movies in the mythology of knights
  • And much more.

Hundreds of beautiful color photographs, artworks and maps add to this fascinating history of knights and knighthood.

The most comprehensive book on knights and knighthood available.

Book News
Attractively designed and abundantly illustrated, this oversize book (9x12") will have wide appeal with a general audience enthralled with the Middle Ages for any number of reasons. Editor Bouchard (medieval history, U. of Akron) has overseen the work of 16 scholarly contributors to shape a narrative that begins with the origins of knights and chivalric ideals and then focuses on everyday life, castles, armor, weapons, and tournaments, before looking at knights through time--their rise, the Norman era, the Crusades, the Reconquista, and their decline. Their cultural legacy receives plenty of attention in chapters on knights in literature, film and television, war games, and honorific orders. A final section offers reference material. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books Ltd 2009
ISBN: 9781554074808
Branch Call Number: 940.1 KNI
Characteristics: 304 p
Additional Contributors: Bouchard, Constance Brittain


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