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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 an 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. All books have a weight of 2.0.

Book Required Int Bonus Bonus Type True Value
De Re Militari
9 +1 Tactics Permanent 4000
Essays on Logic
10 +1 Intelligence Permanent 2900
The Life of Alixenus the Great
7 +1 Leadership Permanent 4200
A Treatise on the Value of Things
11 +1 Trade Permanent 3100
Rhetorica ad Herrenium
8 +1 Persuasion Permanent 5000
On the Art of Fighting with Swords
9 +1 Weapon Master Permanent 4200
Method of Mechanical Theorems
12 +1 Engineer Permanent 4000
Manual of Arms
- +1 Trainer Inventory 3500
The Book of Healing
- +1 Wound Treatment Inventory 3500
The Great Book of Surgery
- +1 Surgery Inventory 3500

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
Vegetius 9 +1 Tactics Permanent
A Grammatical Outline of the Russian Language
Juraj Krizanic 10 +1 Intelligence Permanent
Maxims of State
Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu 7 +1 Leadership Permanent
A Discourse of Trade from England unto the East Indies
Thomas Mun 11 +1 Trade Permanent
Rhetoric of Philipp Melanchthon
Philipp Melanchthon 8 +1 Persuasion Permanent
On the Art of Fighting with Swords
Antonio Lovino 9 +1 Weapon Master Permanent
Rene Descartes 12 +1 Engineer Permanent
Art of War
Niccolo Machiavelli - +1 Trainer Inventory
Adam Olearius - +1 Wound Treatment Inventory
On Surgery and Instruments
Abu al-Kasim - +1 Surgery Inventory

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