Author(s): Douglas Meed
In the 18th and 19th centuries, the numerous tribes of mounted Comanche warriors were the "Lords of the Southem Plains". For more than 150 years, these ferocious raiders struck terror into the hearts of other plain tribes, Mexican villagers and Anglo settlers in frontier Texas. Their dominion stretched from southern Colorado and Kansas into northern Mexico. This book documents the life and experiences of a Comanche warrior at the peak of their dominance. Following a hypothetical figure through a lifetime, it covers key social and cultural aspects as well as documenting the methods and equipment that they used to wage war.
Douglas V Meed is a former US infantryman and cryptanalyst with the Army Security Agency in Europe. Following degrees in Journalism and history he worked as reporter and editor with the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Light newspapers, before being selected as Foreign Services Officer with the United States Information Agency in Europe and Asia. He has written a number of books and numerous articles for history magazines and academic journals. Jonathan Smith was born in London in 1959. He attended St Martin's School of Art, and obtained a degree in fine art from Goldsmith's College of Art. His work has been exhibited in many galleries. He has had a lifelong interest in tribal peoples, particularly Native Americans, and has travelled extensively in the USA and Canada with peoples of many tribal nations. He currently lives and works in Cheltenham with his wife and daughter.
Introduction - Chronology - The way of the warrior - Appearance and equipment - Comanche raiding - Belief and belonging - Experience of battle - Colour plate commentary - Museums - Collecting - Re-enactment - Glossary - Index