In this worthy addition to the Elite series, Ian Heath transports us to the time of the Vikings examining their epic journeys and the ships they made them in, their methods of warfare - the organisation of their armies and tactics employed, their appearance and equipment and the general history of these fascinating warrior-explorers. His authoritative text is backed by many fine illustrations and photographs including 12 stunning full colour plates by Angus McBride, one of the world's most respected military artists.
About the Author
Ian Heath is a highly respected author, and has written a number of Osprey titles, including MAA 89 Byzantine Armies 886-1118, MAA 287 Byzantine Armies 1118-1461 and MAA 275 The Taiping Rebellion 1851-66. He is also currently working on a five-volume project covering the armies of 19th-century Asia. Ian lives and works in Cambridgeshire, UK.
Table of Contents
Who were the Vikings? · Viking ships · The Vikings abroad · The Vikings in England: 9th-10th centuries · The Vikings in Ireland: the Battle of Clontarf · The Vikings in the east · The Varangian Guard · The Vikings in England: the 11th century · Viking warfare · Tactics · The Jomsvikings · Berserks and Wolfcoats · The Raven standard · Further reading
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A sample of the British-written Elite series, which are larger and more specific books than the companion Man-At-Arms series. They are designed for gamers and modelers, not scholars, and feature neither notes nor bibliography. Still, they are good introductions, on a vast range of subjects.
A basic intro to the Viking world. Includes references from the Icelandic Saga's, photos of existing museum pieces, and Angus McBride's excellent-as-always art. Talks about the Vikings at home, in Ireland, Constantinople, Russia, etc. Light introduction to Norse ship-building, and assorted other valuable details.