Beyond the story of the battles and the lives of those who led them, this exhibition invites you to discover a number of particularly significant weapons from the Musée de l'Armée's collections, and to gain a better understanding of them.
The aim is not to recount developments in weaponry through the centuries chronologically or exhaustively, but rather to show how a weapon reveals things about the fighters who used it and the society that produced it.
The exhibition is divided into three parts, within which each board forms a self-contained unit: Close up focuses on hand-to-hand combat instruments, from the Bronze Age to the present day, From afar covers long-distance combat and Beyond combat discusses the social and cultural uses of weapons, from the individual soldier to the civilisation-wide scale.
This exhibition complements the one entitled Histories of Arms. From the Bronze Age to the Atomic Era, Château Royal de Blois, from 6 July to 3 November 2013.