Swords of the Viking Age
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176 Pages

27.9 x 21.6 cm

12 colour. 136 b/w. 121 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press

Swords of the Viking Age

by Ian Peirce

Introduction by Ewart Oakeshott

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Representative examples of swords from 8th-11th century, fully described and illustrated, with general overview.
This beautifully illustrated 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 classificationprefaces 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.
"A valuable reference work for the sword enthusiast, and also of use to those with an interest in weaponry or Viking society and warfare." HISTORYOFWAR.ORG
"Fills a vacuum in English language studies. [...] Will appeal to anyone with an interest in early Northern European swords; to Viking scholars, re-enactors, blade smiths and metallurgists." CLASSIC ARMS AND MILITARIA
"An important and welcome book. I cannot imagine that there will be a better book published in English on this subject for a long time." PAUL MORTIMER, WITHOWINDE
"Undoubtedly destined to become a standard reference for blade fanciers and re-enactors." MEDIEVAL HISTORY
"A splendid book which gives a comprehensive overview of [these] swords. I find little to fault in Peirce's work other than that I wish it were three times the length." RUNA
"A book with a clear audience in mind: anyone who wants to study a magnificent set of Viking artefacts." SPECULUM
"An important reference work for scholars as well as for weapons enthusiasts." SCANDINAVIAN STUDIES

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9781843830894

September 2005

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Title Details

176 Pages

2.79 x 2.16 cm

12 colour. 136 b/w. 121 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press