A fascinating five part Channel 4 documentary series from 2004 presented by Mike Loades, an expert in the history of weapons, it looks at the important role the development of increasingly advanced arms and armour played in key events in British history in the Middle Ages. Each one hour long episode focuses on a specific weapon, and each uses one well-known battle as a case study.
All five episodes are available to watch here on Documentary Vine, navigate via the numbered tabs beneath the video player or by using the episode list below.
- Episode 1: The Sword
- Episode 2: The Longbow
- Episode 3: The Lance
- Episode 4: The Shield
- Episode 5: Armour
Military historian Mike Loades is considered a world leading expert in the history of weapons and has published several books on the subject, including the acclaimed 2010 book Swords and Swordsmen which provides a comprehensive history of the sword. It is available in hardback, paperback, and kindle editions.