German Archery and Weapons books / Shield book / Costume and Dress Accessories Books for reenactors.
- In an effort to promote authenticity, make reenactorism less
ethno-centric, and provide sources for people to make their
garb and accessories with I recommend the following:
The title is: Berichte über die Ausgrabungen in Haithabu, Bd.33 :
Das archäologische Fundmaterial 6 [Archaeological Find Material VI]
Die Schwerter aus dem Hafen von Haithabu / Pfeil und Bogen in Haithabu
(Swords, Arrows and Bows in Hedeby);
18 x 25 cm, 148 [pages] Seiten, zahlr. Abbildungen + Tabellen
[pictures and tables], 1998, ISBN 352901933X
von [by] Kurt Schietzel, Alfred Geibig, Harm Paulsen
Amazon-price: EUR 49,00
A Euro is about a dollar and a quarter in U.S. funds presently.
Since this is an archaeological series do not expect it to be
around for very long. Many in this series are long out of print.
This is a book on the archery related finds from Hedeby, once in
Denmark, but now in Germany, where it is known as Haithabu.
The town was begun during Viking times.
It documents the swords, sword fittings, surviving bows, arrows,
arrowheads, and a quiver, which was better depicted in a much
earlier, and virtually impossible to obtain volume.
In German but well illustrated, the book to have for Viking Age
Pfeil und Bogen zur Merowingerzeit. Eine Quellenkunde und Rekonstruktion
des frühmittelalterlichen Bogenschießens.[Arrows and bows from
the Merovingian Age]
von Holger Riesch
Amazon-Preis: EUR 24,00
This is a remarkable book about a great many bows and archery
related material, in addition to recreated ones and experiments
with the same from essentially Dark Age Europe - the Merowingian
or Merovingian Age of the Folk Wanderings and it includes much
material on archery from all over the European area from the
300's to about 1,000 AD. Very good illustrations, and many
items covered. Includes quivers. Reconstructions of the items.
In german but so well illustrated it doesn't need a whole
lot of explanation if you know [archery-wise] what it is
you are looking at. Bone armguards.
Das Bogenbauer-Buch [The Bow-maker's Book]
von Flemming Alrune, Wulf Hein, Jürgen Junkmanns
Amazon-Preis: EUR 29,80
Covers archery construction methods from the stone age forward.
Shows how to make the items.
Der mittelalterliche Reiterschild [The Medieval Knight Shield]
von [by] Jan Kohlmorgen
Amazon-Preis: EUR 24,00
Covers nearly all of the surviving Shield examples in European
museums of wood and leather construction. Some have complex
decoration and built up designs. Charts in the back give
the compositions and details and dates of the many different
shields and there are experimental reconstructions well
depicted using period and modern materials inside the
book. Really, this book stands alone on the subject
after the ancient period.
For costume and armor and weapons constructional details for
central European reenactors I recommend the following author:
Kleidung & Waffen der Früh- und Hochgotik, 1150-1320 von Ulrich
Lehnart; Karfunkel-Verlag (Juli 2001) ISBN: 3935616007
[Costume and Armor of the early and high middle ages]
Kleidung & Waffen der Spätgotik, Teil I: 1320 - 1370
von Ulrich Lehnart; Karfunkel-Verlag (Dezember 2000)
120 Seiten [pages, in color] - Karfunkel-Verlag;
Kleidung & Waffen der Spätgotik 1370-1420;
von Ulrich Lehnart; Karfunkel Verlag; 2003; ISBN: 3935616112
All are very well illustrated hardbacks, generally in color
and cover all details of the costumes for males and females.
In that regard you would also enjoy the following:
Fibel- und Gürtelmode der Hochgotik [Brooch and Belt Style
of the High Gothic] a small paperback by
von Gösta Ditmar-Trauth; EUR 8,59
70 Seiten [pages] - Karfunkel-Verlag; Dezember 2000
Auflage: 1. Aufl. ISBN: 3980564274
RÜSTUNG GEWANDUNG SACHKULTUR DES DEUTSCHEN HOCHMITTELALTERS
[A book on costume in the early to high middle ages in
Germany] von Gösta Ditmar-Trauth
Karfunkel-Verlag (August 1999)
Hardback, 260 pages, Karfunkel-Verlag; August 1999
Auflage: 1. Aufl. ISBN: 3980564231
I have all the above books and I highly recommend them.
Ideally they really ought to be translated into English.
But they are so well illustrated you can get by without
a general knowledge of German.
I've been buying and amassing archery materials
since the 1960's and some of it is a lot older.
Believe me when I tell you these are good books on the
Some fine books are available from Angela Hornig Verlag
Karfunkel has excellent books on arms and armor from
the german middle ages and Renaissance as well as
costume, and cooking books.
If you have trouble ordering the books on German Amazon
pages, simply open another browser page on http://www.amazon.com/
and compare the two as you navigate through the order and payment
pages, as they have the same templates in different languages,
or simply write to Amazon.de in Germany at English@....
They have excellent service.
My Merovingian archery book got lost in the mail [at least
once] and they sent a replacement. How it got out of a box
with two other books I don't know but it did.
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