Publication Date: 19/07/2019 ISBN: 9781612007991 Category:

Vikings at War

Kim Hjardar, Vegard Vike

Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication Date: 19/07/2019 ISBN: 9781612007991 Category:
Paperback / Softback




Vikings at War is a sumptuous depiction of how the Vikings waged war: their weapons technology, offensive and defensive warfare, military traditions and tactics, their fortifications, ships and command structure. It also portrays the Viking raids and conquest campaigns that brought the Vikings to virtually every corner of Europe and even to America. Between the 9th and 11the century, Viking ships landed on almost every shore in the Western world. Viking ravages united the Spanish kingdoms and stopped Charlemagne and the Franks’ advance in Europe. Wherever Viking ships roamed, enormous suffering followed in their wake, but the encounter between cultures changed both European and Nordic societies.

Employing unorthodox and unpredictable strategies, which were hard for more organized forces to respond to, the most crucial element of the Vikings’ success was their basic strategy of evading the enemy by arriving by sea, then attacking quickly and with great force before withdrawing quickly. The warrior class dominated in a militarized society. Honor was everything, and breaking promises and ruining one’s posthumous reputation was considered worse than death itself. If a man offended another man’s honor, the only way out was blood revenge.

Vikings at War provides a vivid account of the Viking art of war, weapons and the history of their conquests with over 380 colour illustrations including beautiful reconstruction drawings, maps, cross-section drawings of ships, line-drawings of fortifications, battle plan reconstructions and photos of surviving artefacts including weapons and jewellery.

Publisher Review

"It's a magnificent piece of work...Although this is pitched as a book about the 'Vikings at War' it's much more than that and provides a very excellent introduction to the Viking age as a whole...In short it's a book I'd recommend to anyone with an interest in the Viking period and I'm sure I shall be using it on set for Vikings."--Justin Pollard, Historical Consultant for the Amazon television series Vikings "Superb account of a race we're all familiar with...This is comprehensive, beautiful and readable, and brings to life the people we know as the Vikings."--Books Monthly "Well illustrated with excellent maps, drawings and photos, it deserves a place on the bookshelf of any Viking enthusiast."--Current World Archaeology "This book is easily the best book on Viking history I have ever read... It purports to be a book about Viking at war, but it is really so much more than that... It is a history of not only the Vikings in northern Europe, but of everywhere the Vikings went, and it also goes deeply into the actual facts of Viking warfare."--A Wargamers Needful Things "In Vikings at War, the Viking age in all its gory glory is brought to life in a beautifully illustrated 400 page book."--Medieval Warfare Magazine "The two authors demonstrate extensive knowledge of their subject matter and introduce it to their audience in a fashion which makes it readable and digestible particularly for the non-experts."--Mediaevistik "This book is special because it's comprehensive and reconstructs Viking routes, invasions and campaigns across Europe and beyond, a thoroughly informative and enjoyable book for anyone who wishes to learn more about this era. Warfare Magazine highly recommend it!"--Warfare Magazine "This volume would be a worthwhile addition to a Viking-themed library for the illustrations alone; archaeologists will additionally benefit from the syntheses of historical sources and sagas this text provides."--Medieval Archaeology 5 stars "Hjardar and Vike present this comprehensive examination in six chapters, each focusing on a particular aspect of a warrior's life... A host of color photographs, diagrams, maps and battle movements, and artwork beautifully illustrate this 400-page coffee-table-sized book... nuanced insights and delightful historical tidbits make this volume not only a worthy addition to any collection specializing in Scandinavian history, but also a stellar resource for history buffs and authors seeking background for their novels."--Cindy Vallar "Pirates and Privateers "

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