The origins of the study of arms and armour lie in the efforts of a small group of 19th and early-20th century gentlemen scholars. Today the field has grown wide in its appeal; from the university trained academic, to the enthusiastic re-enactor.
Within these pages you can gain an insight both to the scholarship and the lives of those early scholars.
The last cast-iron British smoothbore cannon – the 68 pounders – were the same calibre (8 inches) as the heaviest guns of King Henry VIII three hundred years earlier. Their performance was probably not very different either!