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Book Merchant

A Book Merchant in Warband.

Books can be very useful in the Mount&Blade series. Their primary purpose is to give boosts to your skills or attributes without having to level up. You can purchase them from Book Merchants, found in taverns.

Reference books provide the bonus by simply being in your inventory. You do not have to read them, but losing the book will result in losing the bonus.

Other books must be read, but the bonus is permanent. In order to read a book, go to the camp menu and choose "take and action". From there, there is an option "select a book to read". Choosing that option will allow you to choose one of the books in your inventory to read. From then on until you finish the book or switch books, you will slowly read the book while camping or staying at a town or village. Once the book is finished, you will get a boost to a certain skill or attribute. These types of books require approximately 143 hours to read.

Bonuses can't pass the 10 level limit of skills, so make sure you only level up to 9 the skills of books you intend to read or keep as reference.

Bonuses of reference books don't stack and you can only read each book type once, although if you import a character who has read a book in a previous game, you can re-read the same book again in the new game.

Book MerchantEdit

Book Merchants are educated men peddling books for those who wish to better themselves. You can find them in taverns. Books are expensive, but often well worth the benefit.

Mount & Blade BooksEdit

Common between both Mount&Blade and Warband, the following books may be found.

Book Required Int Bonus Bonus Type
De Re Militari
Book1
9 +1 Tactics Permanent
Essays on Logic
Book3
10 +1 Intelligence Permanent
The Life of Alixenus the Great
Book3
7 +1 Leadership Permanent
A Treatise on the Value of Things
Book4
11 +1 Trade Permanent
Rhetorica ad Herrenium
Book2
8 +1 Persuasion Permanent
On the Art of Fighting with Swords
Book3
9 +1 Weapon Master Permanent
Method of Mechanical Theorems
Book5
12 +1 Engineer Permanent
Manual of Arms
Book5
- +1 Trainer Inventory
The Book of Healing
Book2
- +1 Wound Treatment Inventory
The Great Book of Surgery
Book2
- +1 Surgery Inventory

With Fire & SwordEdit

In With Fire & Sword, books are almost exactly the same, but most have different names. They increase the same skill sets, and are sold from the same book merchants. The names of the authors, based on real people, were also added. Note that the authors listed in the table below are the ones given in the game and are accurate, while other books with similar names may have been written by other authors (such as The Art of War by Sun Tzu), their works are not featured in With Fire & Sword.

Book Author Required Int Bonus Bonus Type
De Re Militari
Book1-F&S
Vegetius 9 +1 Tactics Permanent
A Grammatical Outline of the Russian Language
Book3-F&S
Juraj Krizanic 10 +1 Intelligence Permanent
Maxims of State
Book3-F&S
Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu 7 +1 Leadership Permanent
A Discourse of Trade from England unto the East Indies
Book4-F&S
Thomas Mun 11 +1 Trade Permanent
Rhetoric of Philipp Melanchthon
Book2-F&S
Philipp Melanchthon 8 +1 Persuasion Permanent
On the Art of Fighting with Swords
Book3-F&S
Antonio Lovino 9 +1 Weapon Master Permanent
Geometry
Book5-F&S
Rene Descartes 12 +1 Engineer Permanent
Art of War
Book5-F&S
Niccolo Machiavelli - +1 Trainer Inventory
Healing
Book6-F&S
Adam Olearius - +1 Wound Treatment Inventory
On Surgery and Instruments
Book6-F&S
Abu al-Kasim - +1 Surgery Inventory

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