512pp., 200 colour & 100 b/w photos., 20 figs., P.B. 2017 reissue. Chronicles the major developments in sword design, manufacturing processes & methods of use from Ancient Egypt to the American Civil War. Expert Mike Loades deals with existing swords from Tutankhamun to Custer, placing the sword in its historical context & charting the lives of the warriors. A major & significant new publication, very well illustrated  & full of information on the changing styles of sword, methods of manufacture, function & use. This is a delightful book, full of the author’s enthusiasm and a hugely enjoyable read. It also benefits from Mike’s vast experience in handling weapons and understanding their use. Highly recommended.