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Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books: Transmission and Tradition of Martial Arts in Europe (14th–17th Centuries), edited with Daniel Jaquet, Karin Verelst, E. J. Brill Leiden 2016.
By the Emperors Hand: court regalia and military dress in the Eastern Roman Empire, Frontline Books, Barnsley 2015.
Armour Never Wearies: Scale and Lamellar Armour in the West from the Bronze Age to the Nineteenth Century, The History Press, Stroud 2013.
Byzantine Cavalryman: Eastern Roman Empire, c.900–1204, Warrior Series, Osprey Publishing 2009.
Byzantine Infantryman: Eastern Roman Empire, c.900 – 1204, Warrior Series, Osprey Publishing 2007.
Set of Byzantine Infantryman: Eastern Roman Empire, c.900 – 1204 and Byzantine Cavalryman: Eastern Roman Empire, c.900–1204
Levantia Historical Guides
The Levantia Historical Guides are intended to provide practical assistance to people who want to make items for their historical recreations. The number has declined in recent years in part because further research has discounted some of the contents, and partly as more substantial publications by Timothy Dawson have since provided more and better information. Thus, in place of Guide 8 on lamellar, you are advised to consult Armour Never Wearies: a history of Scale and Lamellar armours in the West from the Bronze Age to the Nineteenth Century, while for much, much more information on clothing and accessories see By the Emperors Hand: Court and Military Dress in the Eastern Roman Empire, Pen and Sword Books, 2015. An expanded version of the Greek Dress and Textile Glossary of Guide 7 is also contained in this volume.
The booklets consist of 24 A5 pages with colour and black and white pictures and detailed diagrams explaining how to construct the items discussed to a high level of authenticity.
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Refereed Journal and Book Articles
- Before the Fight Books: Identifying Sources of Martial Techniques in Antique and Medieval Art, Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books: Transmission and Tradition of Martial Arts in Europe (14th–17th Centuries), Daniel Jaquet, Karin Verelst and Timothy Dawson (eds.), E. J. Brill, Leiden 2016, pp. 31–46.
- Byzantine Dress, in The Istanbul History, Istanbul Metropolitan Council, 2014.
- There and Back Again – cross-cultural transmission of clothing and clothing terminology, Studies in Intercultural Exchange in the Early Medieval Mediterranean, ed. Stephanie Hathaway, Continuum Publishing Group, 2012
- The Monomachos Crown – Towards A Resolution, Byzantina Symmeikta (New window) 2009. Pdf available.
- The Walpurgis Fechtbuch: an inheritance of Constantinople?,Arms and Armour, 2009. Download a Pdf copy.
- Suntagma Hoplôn: the equipment of regular Byzantine troops, c. 950 – c. 1204, republished in John Haldon (ed) Byzantine Warfare, Ashgate, London, 2007.
- Fit for the Task: Equipment Sizes and the Transmission of Military Lore, sixth to tenth centuries, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 31 (2007). Download a Pdf copy.
- Propriety, Practicality and Pleasure: the parameters of womens dress 1000 – 1204, in Lynda Garland (ed) Byzantine Women: Varieties of Experience 800–1200, Ashgate, 2006.
- Oriental costumes in the Byzantine Court Reconsidered, Byzantion 75 (2006), pp. 97–114. Download a Pdf copy.
- Concerning an unrecognised tunic from eastern Anatolia, Byzantion, 73/1 (2003), pp. 201-210.
- Suntagma Hoplôn: the equipment of regular Byzantine troops, c. 950 – c. 1204, in David Nicolle (ed) Companion to Medieval Arms and Armour, Boydell and Brewer, London, 2002, ISBN 085115 872 2.
- Klivanion revisited: an evolutionary typology and catalogue of middle Byzantine lamellar, Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies, 12/13 (2001/2). Download a Pdf copy. Note that some of the information in this article has been superseded by more recent research. See above Armour Never Wearies: A History of Lamellar and Scale Armours in the West, from the Bronze Age to the Nineteenth Century.
- Kremasmata, Kabbadion, Klibanion: Some aspects of middle Byzantine military equipment reconsidered, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 22, (1998) pp. 38 - 50. Download a Pdf copy.
Academic Conference Papers and Seminars
- Equestrian Attire: Why? What? When?, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2016;
- Law Enforcement Insignia in Constantinople, C10th – C12th, Medieval Dress and Textile Society meeting, London, May 2015.
- Trousers to trousers in less than a thousand years!, Medieval Dress and Textile Society meeting, London, June 2013.
- Windows on the Wars: the Case of Martial Depictions in Middle Byzantine Ivories., Μίμησις in Byzantine Art: Classical, Realistic or Imitative?, The second Kracow Symposium on Byzantine Art and Archaeology, Krakow, September 2012;
- Transgressions: Is it possible to have rules, but no enforcement? The instance of sumptuary regulation in Constantinople., International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2012;
- Rich pickings from a seeming poverty of evidence: cuisine in the Eastern Roman Empire, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2011;
- Steppes to Civilisation: Roman assimilation of nomadic military technologies, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires in World History, World History Association conference, Istanbul, October 2010;
- Soft Cargo: padded garments and accessories in the enduring Roman Empire, Medieval Dress and Textile Society Summer Meeting, London, May 2010;
- Women in the Halls, Women on the Walls, Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies Spring Seminar, Birmingham, 2010;
- Wedded to the City: Triumphal Entries into Constantinople, ninth to twelfth centuries, Medieval Dress and Textile Society March meeting 2008, London.
- Strutting their Stuff: Dress Related Gesture in Court and Beyond, 21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies, London 2006.
- Avant Garde resplendence: a reappraisal of clothing in the Eastern Roman Empire, sixth to fifteenth centuries, IAA Research Seminar, Birmingham University, November 2005.
- Historical Re-enactment and the Academy: Maximising links with the scholarship sector, Obidos Colloquium on Historical Recreation, Óbidos, Portugal, February 2005.
- In Tempestatem: heavy weather clothing in the Roman World, Australian Society for Classicsal Studies, 24th Conference, February 2003.
- Wolves in shepherds clothing: Byzantium, the Normans and the course of Western fashion, Australian Association for Byzantine Studies, 12th conference, April 2001.
- Robed in State: the cross-cultural co-option and adaptation of elite clothing in the Near East and Mediterranean, second to twelfth centuries c.e., Australian Society for Classical Studies conference, February 2001.
- A survey of Near Eastern clothing in the middle ages, History Teachers Association of Victoria, Annual Conference 1999.
- Beyond Re-enactment: Rescuing history from recreation, History, Text, Culture: Medieval and Early Modern Studies Interdisciplinary conference, Melbourne University, 1999. Web text
- Art and Armour in the Twilight Zone, Australian Association for Byzantine Studies 10th Conference, 1997.
- Draft of a report on work in progress on Byzantine dress, Australian Association for Byzantine Studies 9th Conference, 1995.
- Academic Historiography and Historical Re-enactment, Australian Association for Byzantine Studies 8th Conference, 1993. Armidale New South Wales Republished in Varangian Voice, no. 28 (August 1993). Web text
- O Kosmos en Evtaxia: an introduction to regalia in the middle Byzantine court, Archaeological Institute of Stockholm University Public Lecture, Stockholm, November 2003.
- Pilos to fez: a thousand years of clothing in Anatolia and beyond, 1453 Commemoration, Melbourne, May 2003.
- Bricks and mortar: Issues in rebuilding History, Abbey Museum Tournament, July 2001. Web text in two parts. Part One: “Middle of what?”, Part Two: Questions about re-enactment.
- Roman Arms and Armour in the tenth and eleventh centuries, Abbey Museum Tournament, July 2000.
- “Squander on your Back”: An Outline of fashion in the Near East from Late Antiquity to the Crusades, Aspects of Antiquities Lecture 2000, School of Classics, History and Religion in conjunction with Earle Page College, University of New England.
- Óbidos 2005: Colloquium on Historical Recreation reviewed, Skirmish, no. 37 (June/July 2005), pp. 49-50.
- Rome II: More than just a sequel, Skirmish, no. 35 (February/March 2005), pp. 19-20.
- A Club with an Edge: what did European swords weigh?, Medieval History Magazine, vol. 2, no. 3 (November 2004), pp. 32-35.
- Trip up his heeles: self defence in Renaissance Europe, Medieval History Magazine, no. 10 (June 2004), pp. 34-41. Download a Pdf copy.
- Pleasures of the dance, Medieval History Magazine, no. 7 (March 2004) pp. 26-33.
- A Survey of middle and late Byzantine tableware: with particular reference to the holdings of the University of New England Museum of Antiquities, Charles Ede Prize essay, 1999.
- Approaches to Re-enactment, Varangian Voice, no. 41 (November 1996) pp. 7-10.
- European Tents, Varangian Voice, no. 38 (February 1996) pp. 21-3.
- Further Comment on the Varangian Lifestyle, Varangian Voice, no. 38 (February 1996) pp. 11-12.
- Whither the New Varangian Guard?, Varangian Voice, no. 38 (February 1996) pp. 29-31.
- The Myth of Purple Pants, Varangian Voice, no. 37 (November 1995) pp. 24-6. Web text
- A Light in the East: lighting devices in the Byzantine world., Varangian Voice, no. 35 (May 1995) pp. 8-13.
- Byzantine Tableware, Varangian Voice, no. 34 (February 1995) pp. 16-19.
- Musical Instruments and Ensembles of the Middle Byzantine Era, Varangian Voice, no. 33 (November 1994) pp. 24-6. Revised and republished in the magazine of the Early Music Society of Victoria, part 1, vol. 19 no. 8 (September 1996) pp. 5-10, part 2 vol. 19 no. 9 (October 1996) pp. 6-9.
- Some examples of Ayyubid or early Mameluk leatherwork, Varangian Voice, no.32 (August 1994) pp. 3-6.
- Stepping out: Headwear and mantles for Egyptian and Arab dress in the fifth to seventh (late 10th to 13th) centuries. Part II, Varangian Voice, no.31 (May 1994) pp. 25-28.
- An Islamic Helmet and Some Byzantine Helms from mss C11th to C13th, Varangian Voice, no.31 (May 1994) .
- Stepping out: Headwear and Mantles for Egyptian and Arab dress in the fifth to seventh (late 10th to 13th) centuries. Part IVarangian Voice, no.30 (February 1994) pp. 26-29. Web text.
- Eighth Byzantine Studies Conference Report, Varangian Voice, no. 28 (August 1993) pp. 7-8.
- A Turko-Persian Noble-Womans Costume of the turn of the seventh century Hejry, Varangian Voice, no. 27 (May 1993) pp. 21-5. Web text
- On Wearing Purple, Varangian Voice, no. 26 (February 1993) p. 18.
- The Uses of the Varangian Guard, Varangian Voice, no. 24 (October 1992) pp. 34-35. Web text
- Banded Lamellar - A Solution, Varangian Voice, no. 23 (August 1992) p. 16.
- The Varangian Rhomphaia: A Cautionary Tale, Varangian Voice, no. 22, (May 1992) pp. 28-31. Web text
- Early Islamic Attitudes to Unbelievers, Defence of the Faith and War, Varangian Voice, no. 18 (November 1990) pp. 16-18. (Under the pen-name Alveric.)
- Forms of the Byzantine sword and knife, Varangian Voice, no. 12 (August 1988) unnumbered. (Under the pen-name Alveric Eupathezeton.)
- Pankration: the Original Martial Art, Varangian Voice, no. 11 (June 1988) unnumbered. Web text
Note: Records of Varangian Voice are available on New Varangian Guard website. U.S. holdings: Dumbarton Oaks Research Centre Library, Washington D.C.
- A Day with Evfimia, a Country Girl out of her depth, Medieval History Magazine, no. 13 (September 2004) pp. 66-67. Web text
- A Day with Ioannis, a Constantinopolitan Cabinet-maker, Medieval History Magazine, no. 8 (April 2004) pp. 68-69. Web text
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