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Swords of the Viking Age
by Ian Peirce
This new work fills a vacuum in English language studies of the swords made and used in northern Europe during the Viking Age, from the mid-eighth through to the mid-eleventh century. Given the mission of seeking out the best representative examples of the broad diversity of sword types surviving from this time, Ian Peirce, lecturer and ...
This book has 11 myArmoury member reviews available:
Victor Genke :: * RECOMMENDED *
A lot of unique illustrative material. Great resource on the Viking Age swords.
Updated Jul 25, 2010
Thom R. :: * RECOMMENDED *
Excellent catalog with reasonably good photos and many measurements.
Updated Feb 1, 2010
Don Stanko :: * RECOMMENDED *
A great resource for Viking age swords.
Updated Jan 13, 2009
Chad Arnow :: * RECOMMENDED *
An absolutely essential reference and resource. This is a book for Viking swords in the same vein as Oakeshott's Records of the Medieval Sword. The opening text sections discuss Viking swords and give overviews and a synthesis of the main typologies developed for Viking swords. Unique among publications is the inclusion of balance points for swords it was possible to measure. Note: the stat doesn't tell everything you need to know about a sword's handling, of course.
For anyone interested in Viking swords, this is a must-have. For sword lovers in general, it should be near the top of the short list of must-have titles. Great text and many great pictures. What more could you ask for?pictures. What more could you ask for?
Updated Aug 25, 2007
Chris Post :: * RECOMMENDED *
Many pictures, plenty of information, a lot of stats for most of the swords. All in all, a must-have if you are interested in 9th-11th cty swords.
Updated Jul 27, 2006
Bob Burns :: * RECOMMENDED *
Anyone interested in Viking swords this book is a must have!
Updated Jun 21, 2006 :: 0 of 2 members found this review helpful
Kenton Spaulding :: * RECOMMENDED *
This book has some great pictures. Also some good info on hilt progressions, and pattern-welding.
Updated Feb 27, 2006
Nathan Robinson :: * RECOMMENDED *
This book presents a wealth of information on the Viking-period sword. It's an absolute must-own title for anybody interested in Viking- or Medeival-period arms, as it outlines a foundation of information necessary for fully understanding these subjects. It's the only English-language title of which I'm aware that presents sword typologies from R.E.M. Wheeler, Jan Petersen, and Alfred Geibig.
Updated Dec 13, 2005 :: 2 of 2 members found this review helpful
Russ Ellis ::
An absolutely outstanding book. It's the only book on Viking Swords I own and I really wonder if I need another... There is a wealth of information about individual swords and viking swords as a whole that can be gleaned from this book. If you are only going to have one book on the era make it this one!
Updated Oct 10, 2005
Patrik Erik Lars Lindblom ::
Paperback, 8 pages in color rest are B/W, No doupt this is a must have about Viking sword's.
Updated Aug 7, 2005
Patrick Kelly ::
Simply an outstanding book in every way, and one of the most significant books on arms to have been published in the last decade, or more. Mr. Peirce has done for the viking sword what Ewart Oakeshott did for the european knightly sword, only with greater accuracy in regards to technical research. This book contains one of the few references to the typology laid out by Alfred Geibig, as well as giving a well illustrated and concise version of the typologies of Wheeler and Petersen. If you are going to buy only one book on viking swords this one is it.
Simply an outstanding work.
Updated Jul 31, 2005 :: 2 of 2 members found this review helpful