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Viking: The Norse Warrior's (Unofficial) Manual (Hardcover) Book

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  • Dimensions: 8.00 H x 1.00 D x 5.00 W inches
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Number of Pages: 208 Pages
  • Release Date: June 1, 2013
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 seaThis is a somewhat whimsical but at the same time highly informative primer on the many facets of life as a Norse Viking in the 10th century. The book presents its material literally as an extended job-brochure, providing a survey of "Viking life" in details proper to any conventionally scholarly treatment. These includes the origins of the Vikings, political economy in the lands and seas where they lived, the anatomy of a raid and what made certain places more vulnerable than others, the mythology and technology of battle, great warriors to know and remember, the Viking's advanced seamanship and ship-building, kinship structures, mythology, death and more. Two colorful sections of plates of life-sized replicas and re-enactors appear along with dozens of black and white stock photos embedded alongside text. The text remains "in character" as a job-brochure from beginning to end. John Haywood is a research fellow at University of Lancaster and a widely published scholar of medieval history.

  • Author: John Haywood
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • ISBN: 9780500251942

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