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This new paintings fills a spot within the literature in English at the swords made and utilized in northern Europe throughout the Viking age, among the mid 8th and the mid 11th centuries. Ewart Oakeshott outlines the importance and variety of those old heirlooms; co-author Ian Peirce, who dealt with enormous quantities of swords in his examine for this booklet in museums throughout northern Europe, selects and describes sixty of the best consultant guns. the place attainable, full-length images are integrated, as well as illustrations of element; an illustrated assessment of blade kinds and development, pattern-welding, inscription and deal with types and their class prefaces of examples that is the relevant a part of this paintings. IAN PEIRCE used to be a lecturer and museum advisor specialising in early swords; EWART OAKESHOTT used to be well known for his pioneer reports on quite a lot of medieval swords.

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