Arms & Armour in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen: European Armour - the exhibition catalogue from The Royal Collection available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Arms & Armour in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen: European Armour

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'Quite apart from the texts, which are uncompromisingly extensive, thorough and detailed as anyone could hope for, Arms & Armour in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen: European Armour is gorgeous visually' - The Art Newspaper

Arms & Armour - Royal Collection

The Royal Collection holds one of the finest collections of arms and armour in the world. This catalogue raisonné is the first since 1904 to cover significant elements of this substantial and important collection in comprehensive detail. The catalogue includes more than 250 pieces of European armour, comprising complete armours, individual pieces, shields, horse armour and spurs, many of which were commissioned or collected by the royal family over a period of 500 years including the famous armour garniture made for Henry VIII in around 1540, which was enlarged on several occasions to accommodate the King's weight gain and was heat-treated to make it five times stronger than iron.  

More than 500 colour images are used to illustrate the collection, providing clear front, back, and side views, as well as close-ups of ornamentation, maker’s marks, and other details for the most important pieces. The book also includes two essays giving a broad overview of the history of the collection and the ways in which arms and armour were displayed in the royal palaces from the sixteenth century up to the present day. The book also includes specially commissioned reconstruction drawings of important Greenwich garnitures, including lost pieces; a glossary of important terms; and an index, appendix, and bibliography. 
  • Author: AVB Norman, Former Master of the Royal Armouries and Ian Eaves, the former Keeper of Armour at the Royal Armouries, Tower of London 
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Date published: April 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1905686483
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 27.9 x 2.5 cm