Germanic Warrior AD 236–568

Germanic Warrior AD 236–568

Warrior 17
  • Author: Simon MacDowall
  • Illustrator: Angus McBride
  • Short code: WAR 17
  • Publication Date: 15 Sep 1996
  • ISBN: 9781855325869
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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About this Product

The 3rd to the 6th centuries saw the collapse of the classical Mediterranean civilization and the emergence of new states in western Europe based on the Germanic warrior society. This book focuses particularly on the men who made up the retinues of the Germanic warlords who carved kingdoms out of the carcass of the West Roman Empire. Although sources are scarce, Simon MacDowall constructs a convincing picture, using evidence from Roman historians, German archaeology and Anglo-Saxon poetry. The warriors' society, hierarchy, training, equipment, appearance, tactics and style of fighting are all examined, building a comprehensive portrait of the Germanic warrior in this period.

Biographical Note

Simon MacDowall is a professional army officer with a life long passion for history. His hobbies include painting military figurines and wargaming. He has lived in England, Canada, Germany and Belgium as well as seeing service in Central America and the former Yugoslavia. He enjoys good food and drink, travel, wilderness camping and writing. Angus McBride is one of the world's most respected historical illustrators, and has contributed to more than 70 Osprey titles in the past three decades. Born in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives and works in Cape Town.


Introduction Chronology The Warrior Society Leadership and Hierarchy Training Equipment and Appearance The Warrior on Campaign The Experience of Battle Glossary Bibliography

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