You can recapture the excitement of yesteryear's noblest battles with this remarkable pageant of dauntless knights and armor, in coloring book form. Defend the Empire with an authentic Roman legionary, or hold back the fierce Mongol hordes with a dashing Russian chieftain. Meet celebrated leaders such as Richard the Lion-Hearted and Henry VIII, meticulously costumed and detailed. More than 40 dramatic plates — specially designed for you to color — portray the wide range of protective armor in use in Europe from about A.D. 100 to 1640. The attire of Vikings, Crusaders, Italian condottieri, Spanish foot-soldiers and royal jousters all appear in precise, historically accurate line drawings that convey the splendor of chivalry and detail the accoutrements of war. Each plate is accompanied by clear explanatory captions; in addition, a useful glossary of unfamiliar terms and a thoroughly researched introduction offer historical background and more to bring each warrior to life. Twelve full-color illustrations on the covers enable you to reproduce each striking suit of armor in authentic hues. History buffs, military enthusiasts, children and colorists of all ages will revel in this stunning collection of valorous paladins.