Barbarian Warriors: Saxons, Vikings and Normans by Dan & Susanna Shadrake

Barbarian Warriors: Saxons, Vikings and Normans by Dan & Susanna Shadrake soon to be presented for sale on the special BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: Brassey’s, 1997, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Colour plates; Black & white drawings; Cutaways;

From the cover: This is an essential book for everyone with an interest in the warriors of Britains Dark Ages. It is the definitive guide to the arms and armour of all the invading barbarian armies, from Saxons and Celts to Vikings and Normans. It covers the period from the disintegration of Roman rule in Britain in the 5th century the legendary era of King Arthur through the raids of Saxons, Celts, and Vikings until the final conquest of Britain by the Normans in the 11th century.

Frequently portrayed as an era of brutality and chaos, this book reveals the reality behind the legendary warriors of the period. What did King Arthurs warriors really look like? Who were the mysterious pirate raiders from Ireland who ravaged Wales and Scotland? It also uncovers the considerable art of war in this period, the high level of craftsmanship achieved in the manufacture of all forms of arms and armour, from mail and scale defences to beautifully embellished helmets and swords. It shows how the achievements of the Roman war machine survived throughout the Dark Ages until the time of the Normans.

Drawing on the very latest discoveries and research, the authors create a vivid picture of Dark Ages warfare which will surprise many enthusiasts. Dan and Susanna Shadrakes authoritative text is illustrated by 150 colour and black and white photographs, and world-renowned military artist Richard Hook has created four colour plates for the book.

In the Brassey’s History of Uniforms series.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 144 pages. Index. Bibliography. 12″ x 8½”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I woo you with the cream of the crop in my Military History catalogue?


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