Viking Hersir 793–1066 AD cover
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When Norwegian Vikings first raided the European coast in the 8th century AD, their leaders were from the middle ranks of warriors known as hersirs. At this time the hersir was typically an independent landowner or local chieftain with equipment superior to that of his followers. By the end of the 10th century, the independence of the hersir was gone, and he was now a regional servant of the Norwegian king. This book investigates these brutal, mobile warriors, and examines their tactics and psychology in war, dispelling the idea of the Viking raider as simply a killing machine.

Table of Contents

Historical Background · Chronology · Training · Tactics · Logistics · The Viking in Battle · Motivation and Psychology · Appearance and Equipment · Weapons · Manufacture of Weapons · Museums · Collecting · Glossary

Product details

Published Jul 29 1993
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781855323186
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 49 b/w; 12 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 3
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison has a Bachelor's degree in Medieval…

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Gerry Embleton

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