Swords of the Viking Age
This new work fills a gap in the literature in English on the swords made and used in northern Europe during the Viking age, between the mid eighth and the mid eleventh centuries. Ewart Oakeshott outlines the significance and diversity of these ancient heirlooms; co-author Ian Peirce, who handled hundreds of swords in his research for this book in museums across northern Europe, selects and describes sixty of the finest representative weapons. Where possible, full-length photographs are included, in addition to illustrations of detail; an illustrated overview of blade types and construction, pattern-welding, inscription and handle forms and their classification prefaces the catalogue of examples which is the principal part of this work. IAN PEIRCE was a lecturer and museum consultant specialising in early swords; EWART OAKESHOTT was renowned for his pioneer studies on a wide range of medieval swords.
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beautifully British Museum cm Balance point cm Blade length cm Condition cm Length cm wide Copenhagen copyright Musée copyright National Museum copyright Universitetets Oldsaksamling corroded Council of Europe crossguard curved cutting edges Date deﬁned eleventh century Ewart Oakeshott example excellent condition ﬁg ﬁnd ﬁne ﬂanked Full length view grave guard and pommel Haakon Shetelig Helsinki hilt Holmganga Iahrhunderts Helsinki Ian Peirce illustrated inlay Iorma iron inlaid inscription Island-Bridge Jan Petersen Jorma Leppéiaho Kilmainham lateral faces Length of cross Length of grip lrgens Migration Period Musée de l’Armée Museum of Denmark Museum of Finland Museum of Ireland negative ninth Norske Vikingesverd Oslo Norway pattern pattern-welded Petersen type Photograph courtesy plate pommel remains River Witham rivets shield boss similar single-edged blades tang tapered blade tenth century tenth century Find-place type H Ulfberht Ulfberht inscription upper guard Viking Age Viking to Crusader Waffen aus Finnland weapon welded Wheeler type width