Medieval Scandinavian Armies (1)

Medieval Scandinavian Armies (1)


Men-at-Arms 396
  • Author: David Lindholm, David Nicolle
  • Illustrator: Angus McBride
  • Short code: MAA 396
  • Publication Date: 20 Aug 2003
  • ISBN: 9781841765051
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

While Scandinavia's 'Viking Age' is one of the most studied aspects of early medieval history, much less has been published about the centuries that followed. Yet the armies of Sweden, Norway and Denmark offer fascinating differences from the rest of medieval Western Europe, both in their organisation and their war gear - due partly to their remoteness, climate and terrain, but partly to their long freedom from the feudal system of other kingdoms. This book explains the special nature of Scandinavian armies, shaped by the relative weakness of kings and aristocrats, and the contrasts between the separate nations of the North.

Biographical Note

David Lindholm MA, was born in 1970. He was educated at the University of Lund in Sweden. He has made a special study of medieval weaponry and warfare both from the scientific perspective, and from the practical point of view. David Lindholm continues his researches in these fields; he also runs educational courses and seminars, both in private and at museums and in university departments. DAVID NICOLLE, born in 1944, worked in the BBC Arabic service before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental Studies and a PhD from Edinburgh University. ANGUS McBRIDE has contributed to some 80 Osprey titles over more than 25 years. Born in 1931 he began working in London advertising agencies in 1947. Since 1976 he has lived and worked in Cape Town, South Africa.


Introduction Chronology of major events The passing of the Viking age Denmark: German influence - the feudal system - the nobility, and heavy cavalry Norway: trading centre but military backwater Sweden: armies of the early Baltic campaigns - relations between the classes Armour, weapons and tactics: the importance of the crossbow Finland: a tribal frontier

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