Guns and Gunpowder 1267-1603, by Jonathan Davies

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Guns and Gunpowder 1267-1603, by Jonathan Davies

Guns and Gunpowder 1267-1603, by Jonathan Davies, subtitled 'The development and employment of early small arms in Britain and Europe'

Booklet published by Stuart Press in 2002, 60 pages. A5 size booklet (N6691X1)

From the introduction: This short study seeks to summarise the history of the development of gunpowder and firearms from the first incontrovertible evidence for the appearance of gunpowder in England and Wales until the end of the reign of Elizabeth, by which time the handgun had officially superseded the bow.' I shall try to explain how and why firearms developed, and the way in which they were integrated into warfare supplementing and finally displacing other missile weapons. This process took at least two hundred years in Continental Europe/ and almost three hundred in England and Wales; it is this tardiness that requires explanation. I will be making a necessary but false distinction between hand-held firearms and artillery, one that was certainly not made in the earlier period where all gunpowder weapons were grouped together. I will therefore be limiting this study to weapons that might be described as handguns. Sections include:

The Earliest Guns
Stock Shape
Saltpetre Plantations
The widespread use of firearms
Tactical employment 1326-1503
The Hussites and the Wagenberg
Coming gunpowder
Controlled coming
The arquebus
Pike and Shot
1503-25 The triumph of firearms
The mid 16th Century company
National variations
The currier, caliver and musket
Accuracy and effectiveness
The late 16m Century company
The wheel lock
Cavalry and firearms I
Social attitudes to firearms
The Tinder and Snaphaunce locks
The Cabinet of Curiosities

The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.

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