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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. Contents: 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 * Colour plates
by Angus McBride.
  • AUTHOR: Lindholm/Nicolle
  • FORMAT: 48pp 40 Bw 8 col 248x184 Pb
  • Code: 17863

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