Armored Rose by
The physiology and psychology of women fighting in the SCA. Although
this is written from an SCA perspective, no Amtgard woman should be without
a copy. This book discusses physical and psychological differences that
affects women's fighting, and has a neat section in the back with a flipbook
information via the Ironrose website)
Catch Them Being Good
by Tony Dicicco and Colleen Hacker
The authors were "head coach and sport psychology consultant to the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal and 1999
World Cup Champion U.S. Women's Soccer teams". This book is mostly about positive coaching techniques and building solid
teams. It is applicable to Amtgard from both a general
training perspective and as a good resource for building stronger
companies. Though the focus of the book is the experiences of a women's
soccer coach, the coaching philosophy is very applicable to
both genders. Overall, it's a very easy, short read.
Battle Cries and Lullabies
by Linda Grant De Pauw
A history of women's involvement with battle from pre-history to present
day. This is an excellent survey of women in war, and offers many examples
of historical women warriors and soldiers.
Women Warriors by
David E. Jones
A survey of women in battle across many cultures and time periods, this book brings to light the variety of women's experiences as fighters.
The Warrior Queens by
The stories of queens who commanded armies and battled, this work features
several warrior queens, including Boudica and Zenobia. Also offers insight
on the way warring women were represented in history.
The Encyclopedia of Amazons
by Jessica Amanda Salmonsen
An encyclopedia of women warriors throughout myth and history, this
book offers short entries on hundreds of women. It is interesting as a
reader, and as a list of women to research further. However, some of the
short entries offer an interpretation of a woman's role in battle that
may or may not be accepted by scholars, so read with a grain of salt or
do follow-up research.
The Art of War by
The fundamental guide to war by the ancient author Sun Tzu. This book provides many insights into fighting and will be of interest to anyone studying the philosophy of battle.
Available online at http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/gthursby/taoism/suntext.htm
The Book of Five Rings by
The Way of the Warrior, or the samurai code and it's philosophy are detailed in this ancient resource. This book provides insights into fighting on a more personal level. If you have trouble with the psychological fight, this book may help.
Available online at http://www.samurai.com/5rings/
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