Book Signing

Mike Loades, military historian and historical weapons expert, will be at the museum to sign copies of his new book.

Famous for dozens of documentaries, both in front of and behind the camera, Mike has worked on hundreds of productions for stage and screen. As a Drector, he has directed five drama/documentary specials in HD and two widely acclaimed videos as well as production and writing for television.

His most recent, lavishly illustrated book ‘Swords and Swordsmen’, published in October 2010, is both a history of the sword and of swordfighting styles. By examining surviving swords that were once owned by famous swordsmen Mike is able to interweave the overall thread of the sword’s evolution with enthralling stories of these men and their times.

The book is a major 500 page work with 215 photographs, many previously unpublished, and more than 100 superb line drawings by Adam Des Forges. It chronicles the history of the sword and its use from Ancient Egypt to the American Civil War.