Formerly Master Armourer to the Royal Armouries

Arms and Armour Books

Chris Dobson’s books on armour and edged weapons are popular with museum professionals, living history enthusiasts and general readers. They have been praised not only for publishing important original research, but also for their clarity: as an acknowledged expert in his field, Chris writes for everyone, not just other experts. When writing, he combines his practical experience of making and restoring pieces with his great experience of handling originals and his scholarly approach to the subjects he covers. Chris’s research and publications are entirely self-funded, and by purchasing these ebooks you are supporting the publication of future titles.

To buy your copy as a PDF from this site click on the cover images. Your copy will usually be emailed to you within one working day. These PDF files are purchased for personal use, so please read the terms and conditions here. Some are published free under the Creative Commons Licence: (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). To get the Kindle versions follow the links to Amazon.

Restoration, the Art of Chris Dobson

PDF Price: £19.95
Packed with photography of restoration projects: before, during and after the work.
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Cuir Bouilli Hardened Leather Armour

PDF Price: £19.95
Includes and updates ground-breaking work published in 2003 on this fascinating subject.
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Alla Tedesca? Italian Gothic Armour and the Export Trade

PDF Price: £14.95
A study of armour made for the northern export market by the Milanese.
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The Battle of San Romano Paolo Uccello

PDF Price: £9.95
Contains chapters on Florentine arms & armour and military history
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Two Besagews. A Comparison of Sone Surviving 15th Century Shoulder Defences

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Contains scale patterns of original 15th century besagews.
(CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Gothic Piedmont. The Art at the Foot of the Mountain

Amazon price £0.99/Free
Contains section on 15th century Piemontese and French/Flemish armour
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