Cloth $59.00 ISBN: 9789059721746 Published April 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Crossbows in the Royal Netherlands Army Museum

Jens Sensfelder

Jens Sensfelder

Distributed for Eburon Publishers, Delft

384 pages | 110 color plates, 45 halftones | 8-1/4 x 11 | © 2008
Cloth $59.00 ISBN: 9789059721746 Published April 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Although crossbows are used today exclusively for hunting and target shooting, they played a major role in medieval European warfare. The first of its kind, this trilingual book—in English, German, and Dutch—features a complete inventory of the historical crossbow collection at the Royal Netherlands Army Museum. Richly illustrated with explanatory drawings, Crossbows in the Royal Netherlands Army Museum discusses the full historical range of these powerful weapons, from the middle ages to the early twentieth-century.
 
 
Contents
Preface by Gert Groenendijk, General Director Army Museum
 
Preface by the Editor
 
Introduction and acknowledgements
 
I. Historical and technical introduction
1. The European crossbow. Historical and technical overview
2. Parts of crossbows in detail
3. Measurement system
 
II. The Catalogue
1. Western European crossbows
2. Central European crossbows
3. Bullet crossbows
4. Pistol crossbows
5. Asiatic crossbow
6. Cranequins and levers
7. Bolts
 
III. List of names and marks of European crossbow makers, springald makers, bow smiths and bolt makers
1. Introduction to the list of names and marks
2. Alphabetical list of names
3. Marks on bows and crossbows
4. Bolt marks
 
Appendixes
1. Report on the testing of wood of crossbow tillers
2. Tests carried out on steel bow cat. no. 27
3. Companies of crossbowmen
 
Notes
Literature
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