The tower armoury in the fourteenth century makes an important contribution to the study of arms and armour in medieval england it is packed with many interesting technical details about the construction maintenance and storage of equipment processed by the privy wardrobe. Thom richardson the tower armoury in the fourteenth century royal armouries 2016 254 pp 4000 thom richardson who retired after a thirty year career with the royal armouries which culminated in his service as deputy master succeeds in writing a solidly academic book that appeals beyond academe. The tower armoury in the fourteenth century by thom richardson the documents surviving from the privy wardrobe the department which administrated the tower armoury under edward iii richard ii and henry iv provide a unique insight into the use of arms and armour in england as the hundred years war unfolded here thom richardson expertly . The tower armoury in the fourteenth century review numbereur the 14th century was an important period in the development of armour with a shift from men at arms primarily being protected by mail to being fully equipped with plate new light is shed on this process. Kelly devries professor of history loyola university maryland and honorary historical consultant royal armouries thom richardson writes as the latter day successor to the clerks of the privy wardrobe who were in charge of the armoury at the tower of london in the fourteenth and early fifteenth century
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