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If there is one thing we can be sure of concerning the Saxons, Vikings and Normans who inhabited the medieval world, it is that they were a good deal more advanced than some writings would have us believe. This fascinating book by Terence Wise explores the history, organization, clothing, equipment and weapons of Saxon, Viking and Norman peoples, covering wide-ranging topiIf there is one thing we can be sure of concerning the Saxons, Vikings and Normans who inhabited the medieval world, it is that they were a good deal more advanced than some writings would have us believe. This fascinating book by Terence Wise explores the history, organization, clothing, equipment and weapons of Saxon, Viking and Norman peoples, covering wide-ranging topics such as Anglo-Saxon shields, Viking raiding ships and the organization of Norman armies.The absorbing and readable text is enriched by numerous illustrations and museum photographs with commentaries, plus eight superbly drawn full page colour plates by renowned military artist Gerry Embleton....

Title : Saxon, Viking and Norman
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ISBN : 9780850453010
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Saxon, Viking and Norman Reviews

  • Alia
    2018-11-15 12:21

    Como todos los Ospreys que llevo leídos, conciso, exhaustivo en la descripción del armamento, muy buenas ilustraciones. Se me ha quedado algo escasa la parte dedicada a los vikingos, sobre todo en comparación con la dedicada a los sajones, muy completa.

  • Ann Keller
    2018-11-01 16:18

    I really enjoyed this unique perspective of history. The Saxons, Angles, Jutes and Vikings all played vital roles in the history of Europe. When Roman control of England collapsed in the fifth century, the Saxons from northern Germany, Angles from the Danish peninsula and Jutes from Jutland gained supremacy over the land. At first, these mercenaries came to help defend the land, but they remained, becoming some of the first colonists for their peoples. This was basically an agrarian society, with eoldormen, thegns and serfs below a central king. The spear was their main weapon of choice.At the time of the Viking invasions, for example, England had been compartmentalized into sections. The north was the Kingdom of the Picts and Scots, with Northumbria running through the center of England into Mercia in the south. The Welsh seemed to have barricaded themselves into the western quadrant and the five Irish groups divided that island, as well. The Vikings valued the sword first, followed by an axe, and finally the spear. They discovered a unique affinity with horses and soon became quite adept at taming these creatures and teaching them to become weapons themselves in the height of battle. Additional pains were also taken to protect the soldiers' legs and feet, as it was quite common to cut a man down by slicing his legs out from under him.This little book contains a lot of information in a very compact size. The color plates and drawings are also very helpful when attempting to visualize the manner in which these people dressed and fought.

  • Jur
    2018-10-25 14:42

    Introductions to the three armies of 1066 and their 9th and 10th century predecessors. Each gets a short historical overview, then of the social and military organisation plus finally the arms and armour.An early Osprey from the Men At Arms series. If you are deeply interested in this period, you are probably better off by buying the more specialised Warriors on the Anglo-Saxon Thegn and Viking Hersir or the Elite issues on the Vikings and the Normans and the campaign of Hastings or the Essential History of the Conquest. These were also published later and so include more archeological evidence.The illustrations are of reasonable quality.

  • Brian Turner
    2018-11-02 16:37

    Part of Oprey's Men-at-Arms series. Takes a look at the history, organisation, weapons and armour of the three main European powers up to 1066.Due to the usual Osprey format this is a rather concise book, and splitting it into three nationalities means the descriptions are rather brief.A good start to get an overview of how they all tie-in with each other, there are also separate books in other Osprey series looking at each group in more detail.