Swords and Swordsmen - Author Video.
"Mike Loades is a dynamo of a man. He is also an articulate expert on the history of arms and armour
who is capable of capturing and sustaining the viewer’s attention" The Observer - July 2004
Best known as a Host / Presenter and for his on screen appearances as a military historian and Historical Weapons Expert in dozens of documentaries, Mike has also worked in the industry in a variety of roles both in front of and behind the camera.
His lavishly illustrated book - Swords and Swordsmen – is both a history of the sword and of swordfighting styles. In examining surviving swords that were once owned by famous swordsmen, Mike is able to interweave the overall thread of sword evolution with enthralling stories of these men and their times. Stories that span from Ancient Egypt to the American Civil War, and take in the sword of the samurai along the way.
As an Action Arranger, Mike has worked on hundreds of productions for stage and screen. As a Director, he has directed five drama/documentary specials in High Definition and two widely acclaimed videos. He also produces and writes for television. He has a passion for history and for creating memorable images.