Norse Warfare: The Unconventional Battle Strategies of the Ancient Vikings

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Hippocrene Books, 2007 - History - 369 pages
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Until the early 1000s, waves of strange and ferocious warriors from the barren northlands swept into Britain and Western Europe. Plundering and pillaging, they left devastation in their wake. Trembling victims never knew when they would strike next. The Vikings fought for personal glory, material wealth and a longing for adventure and freedom. This book tackles the myth of the Vikings, their unconventional methods of warfare, cunning strategies and boldly innovative ship building techniques. The author casts a scholarly eye and a fresh light onto these fiercely independent people.
 

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This Kindle freebie is a nice review of the dramatis personae of the Viking age. Sprague pays lip service to the Nordic culture of the time, as well as the military tactics employed, focusing instead ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Raids on the Christian World
9
Live Hard Die with Honor
33
Going aViking
65
Building the Ship
87
Seamanship and Navigation
117
Weapons and Armor
139
Military Organization and Battlefield Tactics
169
Erik Segersall The Victorious 945995
249
Olaf Trygvason 9631000
255
Knut the Great 9951035
275
Harald Hardrade HardRuler 10151066
295
Afterword
307
Glossary
311
Sources
319
Notes
323

The Viking Elite of Jomsborg
191
The Rus in the Varangian Guard
211
Ragnar Lodbrok and his Sons c 750850
225
Rollo the Pirate c 860933
237
Index
353
Acknowledgment
369
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About the author (2007)

Martina Sprague was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden and came to the United States as a student in 1980. She started in the martial arts in 1987 and has since then achieved black belts in Kenpo karate, kickboxing and street freestyle. She has strong interests in combat history, ranging from ancient to modern wars, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Military History from Norwich University in Vermont. This is her seventh book on the martial arts.

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