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Arms and Armour: Journal of the Royal Armouries

In 2004, the Royal Armouries Yearbook was relaunched as Arms & Armour: a peer-reviewed academic journal. It aims to encourage and publish serious research in the field of arms and armour, from scholars – both professional and amateur – based around the world.

Its areas of study are multi-disciplinary in approach and content, and include, but are not limited to, the history, development, use, decoration and display of arms and armour throughout history.

As a field of study, arms and armour engages with many traditional areas of academic study, including: ancient, medieval, military and modern history, the history of science, the history of technology, the fine and visual arts, design, ballistics, forensic science, war and conflict studies, and museology.

Arms & Armour is edited under the auspices of the Royal Armouries, the UK’s national museum of arms and armour, alongside an international Editorial Board comprising many of the leading experts in the field.

Arms & Armour is published twice a year in spring and autumn and also includes reviews of recently published books, and announcements and accounts of seminars, conferences and events.

For information about journal subscriptions and how to submit papers for consideration please visit

All our titles are available from the Royal Armouries Shop


A special exhibition in the White Tower at the Tower of London, commemorating the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt.

23 October 2015

Tower of London

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The first modern rifle

The French 1886 8mm Lebel rifle was the first modern rifle: it had a small bore and used smokeless powder in place of the older "gunpowder".