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The Qesse-ye Sanjan, previously misinterpreted and cast aside as a quasi-historical chronicle, is here rediscovered as a fully-formed religious composition that can tell us a great deal about Zoroastrian values in particular and the nature of religious self-representation in general.
The sword was the most important of weapons, but relatively little has been written about its metallurgy. The results of the microscopic examination of over a hundred swords are used to tell the story of the making of swords from the first examples through the Middle Ages to the 16th century.
The suit of armour distinguishes the European Middle Ages & Renaissance. This book tells its story from the 14th to the 17th century, and the making of its steel. The metallurgy of 600 armours has been analysed, and their probable effectiveness in battle assessed.
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