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Weapons of the Viking Warrior



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Author: Gareth WilliamsJohnny Shumate

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publish Date: 24 Jan 2019

ISBN-13: 9781472818355

Pages: 304

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Preface

Between the late 8th and late 11th century Viking warriors had a massive impact not just in northern Europe, but across a huge arc from the western Mediterranean round through northern Europe and the Baltic to the Middle East and Central Asia. Their success depended in part on their skills in battle, their unique sense of strategic mobility, and on the quality of their weapons and equipment. Written by an expert on early medieval weaponry, this book examines the weapons of the typical Viking warrior, dispels some of the myths of the popular image, such as double-headed axes, and considers the range of weapons that actually underpinned the Vikings’ success including bows and arrows.

Drawing upon contemporary literary and historical accounts from the North Atlantic to the Arab world, surviving examples of weapons and armour, and practical experimentation and reconstructions by modern weapon-smiths and re-enactors, this study casts new light on how Viking weapons were made and used in battle.
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About the Author

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Gareth Williams has been a curator at the British Museum since 1996, specializing in the Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods. He has published extensively on both Anglo-Saxon and Viking warfare, and curated the exhibitions ‘Vikings: Life and Legend’ at the British Museum and ‘Viking Voyagers’ at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. He was also involved for many years in Viking re-enactment, and has fought with modern replicas of most of the main weapon types discussed in this book. He lives in Staffordshire, UK.

Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator living in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career in 1987 after graduating from Austin Peay State University. Most of his work is rendered in Adobe Photoshop using a Cintiq monitor. His greatest influences are Angus McBride, Don Troiani and Edouard Detaille.
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