For the less romantic historian who prefers his chivalry authenticated by fact, this realistic account should prove informative. The Age of Chivalry, spanning 400 years, witnessed the flowering of knighthood, the development of weapons of war, the improvement of the uniform of the armored knight, the rise of famous orders and the eventual decline of the entire system. After a general description of feudalism and the role of knighthood, there are accounts of the knights's difficult apprenticeship, his duties following initiation, the history and development of his uniform and weapons, the origin of such popular orders as the Knights of the Bath. Sumptuously illustrated with the author's inimitable drawings, this reflects the same careful research demonstrated in previous books on the subject. Knight and and Feudal Life and The Crusaders. Strong young masculine appeal.