Viking: The Norse Warrior's [Unofficial] Manual

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Combines the latest research and discoveries with a humorous eye to take us inside the Viking world

So you want to be a Viking?
Vikings are the lords of the northern seas. Fame, glory, and wealth await those who brave storms and enemy spears to plunder far and wide in foreign lands. Who wouldn’t like to come home laden with silver, earning a...

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Overview

Combines the latest research and discoveries with a humorous eye to take us inside the Viking world

So you want to be a Viking?
Vikings are the lords of the northern seas. Fame, glory, and wealth await those who brave storms and enemy spears to plunder far and wide in foreign lands. Who wouldn’t like to come home laden with silver, earning a reputation that will live on long after lesser men have been forgotten?
This book tells you everything you need to know to become a successful Viking warrior in the tenth century.

  • How to join a Viking war band
  • What to look for in a good Viking leader
  • How to behave at a feast
  • How to choose the right weapons and armor
  • How to plunder a monastery and ransom a monk
  • How to navigate at sea
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Haywood’s newest (after Chronicles of the Ancient World) is a whimsical and informative how-to guide to becoming and living the life of a fearsome Scandinavian raider. The year is 991 C.E., and the glory of Olaf Tryggvason’s victory at the battle of Maldon in England this past summer has you, the reader, interested in becoming a Viking. If you are healthy and can handle a weapon, regardless of your class (save slaves), there is some chance that you’ll be chosen to join a ship captain on his raids; women need not apply. Haywood offers latent marauders advice on everything from weapons to life onboard a longship and on campaign. Battle tips are to be expected, but surveys of countries just itching to be raided, types of treasure, and historical asides on cultures contemporaneous with the Vikings are added bonuses. The author describes potential battle wounds and field treatment options (or the lack of same) in graphic detail, but for the most part he avoids rape and torture. Text and captions can be repetitious, and although there is a glossary, there’s no pronunciation guide—good luck with “hirð.” Nevertheless, anyone hoping to go a-Viking will find this manual to be fun and revealing. 135 illus., 29 in color. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500251942
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 352,297
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Haywood's many books include Encyclopaedia of the Viking Age and Historical Atlas of the Celtic World.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Decent

    I picked up this book because I am a fan of books that present history as the present to evoke a sense of realism. Books like these generally rely on primary documents. The issue here is that few Scandinavian sources from the Viking Age exist, since it was Christianity that pushed literacy into the north (runic inscriptions aside). This book is forced to rely on many sources that post date the time at hand by centuries. Over all I did find this book to be entertaining, and I learned a couple of things. However, anyone thinking of using this book primarily as a learning tool for the Viking Age should double check all facts and look into the sources because I did find a couple of inaccuracies in the mythology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Cool

    This book is good...NOT.

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