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Viking Hersir, 793–1066 AD by Mark…

Viking Hersir, 793–1066 AD

by Mark Harrison

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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 tacticsand psychology in war, dispelling the idea of the Viking raider as simply a killing machine.… (more)



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Being one of the Warrior series, this is a 64 page, twelve colour plate Osprey publications. Mark Harrison's text is clear, and there are illustrations of two battles, Hafrsfjord, and Brunanburh. And, of course, a bird's eye view of the fortress of Trelleborg. The usual plates for equipment, dealing with Spear points, Axes, Helmets, and swords. if you do not have another Osprey on this topic it is a good book. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jun 8, 2019 |
The illustrations and information in the book are pretty solid. I refer to it frequently. ( )
  Steve.Bivans | Jul 20, 2014 |
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