Arms and Armor of the Medieval Knight – One of the go-to recommendations for newcomers and veterans alike. This book contains a great general overview of arms and armor in Medieval Western Europe. It’s not the most detailed book, but for people new to the subject it provides one of the best introductions and is broken down in an approachable format by time period.
European Armour, circa 1066 to circa 1700 – This book, published in 1959 still stands the test of time. Claude Blair delivers an excellent broad survey of Western European Medieval Armors in extraordinary detail. One of the best books available with this much breadth.
Armour of the English Knight: 1400 – 1450 – An absolutely essential volume for any student of Medieval English armor from this period. It contains never-before-seen highly detailed photographs of a number of English effigies, outstanding sketches by famous armorers Jeff Wasson and Robert MacPherson illustrating construction details of various components, and the outstanding analysis and explanation of Dr. Toby Capwell. Pure armor gold.
The Knight and the Blast Furnace -This is the definitive volume on the metallurgy of late medieval armour. If you’re interested in the metallurgical properties of the real thing, you cannot find a better source. Unfortunately this book is out of print and difficult to find, but if you can, jump at the chance.
Records of the Medieval Sword – One of the definitive volumes on the medieval sword. Ewart Oakeshott, famed for his scholarship of the sword and development of his Oakeshott sword typology delivers detailed information on medieval swords from the Migration Era through to the Renaissance.