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Viking : The Norse Warrior's (Unofficial) Manual
by John Haywood


Overview - 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 sea
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Overview
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 sea

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780500251942
  • ISBN-10: 0500251940
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publish Date: June 2013
  • Page Count: 208
  • Dimensions: 8.14 x 5.32 x 0.98 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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Books > History > Military - General
Books > History > Europe - Scandinavia

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-03-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

Haywood’s newest (after Chronicles of the Ancient World) is a whimsical and informative how-to guide to becoming and living the life of a fearsome Scandinavian raider. The year is 991 C.E., and the glory of Olaf Tryggvason’s victory at the battle of Maldon in England this past summer has you, the reader, interested in becoming a Viking. If you are healthy and can handle a weapon, regardless of your class (save slaves), there is some chance that you’ll be chosen to join a ship captain on his raids; women need not apply. Haywood offers latent marauders advice on everything from weapons to life onboard a longship and on campaign. Battle tips are to be expected, but surveys of countries just itching to be raided, types of treasure, and historical asides on cultures contemporaneous with the Vikings are added bonuses. The author describes potential battle wounds and field treatment options (or the lack of same) in graphic detail, but for the most part he avoids rape and torture. Text and captions can be repetitious, and although there is a glossary, there’s no pronunciation guide—good luck with “hirð.” Nevertheless, anyone hoping to go a-Viking will find this manual to be fun and revealing. 135 illus., 29 in color. (June)

 
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