Viking: The Norse Warrior's [Unofficial] Manual

Viking: The Norse Warrior's [Unofficial] Manual

by John Haywood


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Viking: The Norse Warrior's [Unofficial] Manual by John Haywood

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 bandWhat to look for in a good Viking leaderHow to behave at a feastHow to choose the right weapons and armorHow to plunder a monastery and ransom a monkHow to navigate at sea

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500251942
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 658,808
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

1 Why Become a Viking? 6

2 Joining Up 18

3 The Novice Viking's Guide to the Great War Leaders 41

4 Weapons and Tactics 54

5 Going to Sea 73

6 Have Longs hip, Will Travel 96

7 Life on Campaign 127

8 Battle 140

9 The Spoils of War 165

10 The Sword's Sleep 184

Map of the Viking World 196

Glossary 198

Acknowledgments 200

Further Reading 200

Sources of Quotations 201

Sources of Illustrations 203

Index 204

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Viking: The Norse Warrior's [Unofficial] Manual 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good...NOT.