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Books by Timothy Dawson

  • By the Emperor's Hand

    Timothy Dawson

    Product Code: APHZP
    Hardback
    By the sixth century of the common era the Roman Empire already had many hundreds of years of accumulated ceremonial embedded in its government, and practical science embodied in its army. The transition from Republic to Imperium and the more hierarchical structure that entailed, and the absorption of Christianity into state processes, had pushed the development of court ceremonial apace, and particularly driven its embodiment and display in ever more opulent regalia. The regalia embraced not only garments of distinctive form and decoration, but also both dress and non-dress accessories. It was crucial in displaying rank and function on an everyday basis, yet was also varied considerably for special occasions. Military dress largely reflected forms current amongst ordinary men, but with an emphasis on functionality, eschewing the excesses of fashion. Detailed literary and artistic sources, archaeology and insights derived from reconstruction and practical experience has gone into creating an incredibly lavish picture of the clothing of the longest-enduring political entity in history.
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  • Armour Never Wearies' Scale and Lamellar Armour in the West, from the Bronze Age to the 19th Century

    Timothy Dawson

    Product Code: AHEGP
    Paperback
    This is the first volume to bring together all the hitherto scattered evidence - archaeological, literary and artistic - for the forms and uses of scale and lamellar armours in the region west of the Urals throughout the two thousand years during which these armours were used. The interpretation of this meticulous collection of data is informed by the author's decades-long practical experience as a maker of arms and armour, martial artist and horseman. (Lamellar armour differs from the earlier scale armour in not needing a backing for the individual pieces of leather, iron or bronze.) It offers systematic definitions and analysis of these often misunderstood forms of armour, along with detailed diagrams and instructions that will be of great use to any who wish to turn their hands to reconstruction. Along the way, this unique synthesis of evidence and interpretation debunks myths that have arisen in recent years.
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