NORSE WARFARE

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In this thorough and evocative analysis, Martina Sprague tackles the myth of the Vikings, their unconventional battle tactics, cunning strategies, and bold use of any means at their disposal. From the innovative shipbuilding methods that produced flexible hulls and the ability to glide silently into shallow water, to Asatro, the polytheistic religion that honored the god of war, Sprague casts a fresh light and a scholarly eye on these fiercely independent people.
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Overview

In this thorough and evocative analysis, Martina Sprague tackles the myth of the Vikings, their unconventional battle tactics, cunning strategies, and bold use of any means at their disposal. From the innovative shipbuilding methods that produced flexible hulls and the ability to glide silently into shallow water, to Asatro, the polytheistic religion that honored the god of war, Sprague casts a fresh light and a scholarly eye on these fiercely independent people.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781811767
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 369
  • Sales rank: 694,969
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 Raids on the Christian World 9

Ch. 2 Live Hard, Die with Honor 33

Ch. 3 Going a-Viking 65

Ch. 4 Building the Ship 87

Ch. 5 Seamanship and Navigation 117

Ch. 6 Weapons and Armor 139

Ch. 7 Military Organization and Battlefield Tactics 169

Ch. 8 The Viking Elite of Jomsborg 191

Ch. 9 The Rus in the Varangian Guard 211

Ch. 10 Ragnar Lodbrok and his Sons, c. 750-850 225

Ch. 11 Rollo the Pirate, c. 860-933 237

Ch. 12 Erik Segersall, The Victorious, 945-995 249

Ch. 13 Olaf Trygvason, 963-1000 255

Ch. 14 Knut the Great, 995-1035 275

Ch. 15 Harald Hardrade, Hard-Ruler, 1015-1066 295

Afterword 307

Glossary 311

Sources 319

Notes 323

Index 353

Acknowledgment 369

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