Written by an international
team of historians and scholars with specialized knowledge of the
medieval era and illustrated
with sumptuous images ranging from manuscript illuminations and
PreRaphaelite paintings to photographs of authentic armor, swords,
and castles, plus maps and a timeline, this book is at once a
detailed history of knights and a chronicle of their cultural
creations and legacy.
This vividly written and lavishly
illustrated large hardcover reference volume describes the origins
of knighthood, the training and lifestyles of knights, and the
vital role these warriors played in medieval military campaigns. It
also explains heraldry and the various military and honorific
orders of knighthood, and examines the portrayal of knights and
literature and art.