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Viking Art of War

Viking Art of War

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A best-selling study of the Vikings’ genius for war explodes myths and reveals the facts behind their fearsome reputation. 

This groundbreaking study of the Vikings establishes the facts behind their rise to prominence, and cuts away the myths about their military and seafaring skills, reputation, and exploits.

The author applies modern military thinking to the Viking art of war and examines their tactics, seamanship, mobility, strategy, and how they exploited victories and dealt with defeats. In this book we learn how the ferocious northern warriors established colonies in hostile territory and defeated a diverse array of enemies, including the Anglo-Saxons, the Franks, the Volga Bulgars, and the wild tribes of Ireland, during three centuries of military adventure.

  • Title: Viking Art of War
  • By (author): Paddy Griffith
  • ISBN-10 : 1932033602
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1932033601
  • Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Size: 6 x 1 x 9.25 inches
  • Illustrations: Several illustrations 
  • Published: Casemate (October 19, 2009)

Paddy Griffith was a senior lecturer in war studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for 16 years. He is the author of numerous articles and books on the history of warfare, including Battle Tactics of the Western Front, 1916-18 and The Art of War of Revolutionary France, 1789-1802.



“Through an excellent insight into both the written, as well as archaeological sources the author weaves a clear picture of women's lives from birth to death in the Viking Age. Valkyrie: The Women of the Viking World is a significant book.” –  Professor Jón Viðar Sigurðsson, University of Oslo

“Authoritative and provocative, bang up-to-date, yet steeped in historical knowledge, JKF's Valkyrie is indispensable for all Viking enthusiasts. Her lively style, profound knowledge and brilliant insights signal a stunning new voice in the debate about the Vikings.” –  Carolyne Larrington, Professor of Medieval European Literature, University of Oxford

“This is the new standard work on women in the Viking Age – a lively, authoritative and staunchly feminist survey that combines both textual and material sources in a ground-breaking study of the female life-course. With this superb book, Jóhanna Katrín has put Viking scholars in her debt.” –  Neil Price, Professor of Archaeology, Uppsala University

“What a wonderful book. For the first time readers can understand the importance of the Valkyries in the Viking Age and see the impact these mythical women had more broadly on culture and society in the early medieval world. The scholarship is excellent, interpretation thorough, yet the writing style is accessible. It's a pleasure to read and be plunged into a world of sagas, runes, myth and magic.” –  Dr Janina Ramirez FRSA, University of Oxford

Table of Contents:

1. Infancy and Childhood
2. Between Two Worlds: Teenage Girls
3. Adulthood
4. Pregnancy and Childbirth
5. Widows
6. Old Age and Death