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This title covers through history in 1500 color photographs. It includes a comprehensive directory of over 750 weapons arranged by time period and geographical area, along with specifications of date, origin and length. It features descriptions of the fighting techniques of some of the most skillful warriors of history. It is perfect for the serious collector and keen enthusiast alike, and is a superb sourcebook and reference work for military historians, curators, academics and experts on edged weaponry of all periods. It is written by a leading antique sword expert and lavishly illustrated with over 1500 color photographs and fine art images. This comprehensive encyclopedia of edged weapons is both an authoritative reference work and a stunning visual directory, explaining the development of these weapons through the centuries, describing their capabilities and individual specifications. The book reviews the development of each weapon and how the military tactics have shaped the great civilizations of ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. It looks at the significance of the sword in the mystical traditions of the Celts, delves into the world of the medieval knights and crusades, as well as how the Middle Eastern armies fought. With over 1500 color photographs and illustrations, and written by leading experts in the field, this beautiful guide is essential reading for those interested in the conflicts, sharp weapons and warriors that have created and shaped history.