The medieval knight has a distinctive silhouette, despite the numerous legends which blur historical reality. At the turning point between the 12th and 13th centuries, while the feudal order was slowly disappearing in favor of the overwhelming royal will, some men stood apart from their contemporaries by their ability to fight on horses. They held the power and were considered little by little as the ruling class; they were the lords of the land.
This book tells the story of fictional Thibaut des Puys de Morsaing, a young and poor bachelor, who is about to achieve great success and become a rich land owner. Following his father's steps, who died during the Crusades, and his godfather's, Tristan de Maumesnil, he grasps the opportunities offered to him. The many events in the life of this imaginary character are used as a framework to stage France's medieval society, from king Philippe Auguste to Saint Louis.
Featuring members of the reenactment groups 'Fief et Chevalerie' and '1186-583' the excellently reconstructed costumes and weaponry covers almost every aspect of soldier life in the early middle ages both on and off the battlefield. Peasantry, nobility, Crusaders and their Saracen opponents are covered in this beautifully presented book.
Hardcover: 116 pages
Publisher: Histoire and Collections (July 2008)
Text: English or French
Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 15 January, 2009.