Vikings at War

Kim Hjardar, Vegard Vike

Comprehensive account of the Viking art of war, weapons and the history of their conquests with over 380 illustrations.
Publication date:
October 2016
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Casemate Publishers
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ISBN : 9781612007991

Dimensions : 250 X 210 mm
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• Copious illustrations, including maps showing Viking routes, invasions and campaigns across Europe and beyond

• Accessible text containing a wealth of information on every aspect of the Viking military set-up

• With many reconstruction drawings of weapons and dress, perfect for the re-enactor market

Viking ships landed on almost every shore in the Western world during the 350 years that followed the introduction of the sail into the region, from the 9th to the 11th century. Viking ravages united the Spanish kingdoms and stopped Charlemagne and the Franks' advance in Europe. Wherever Viking ships roamed, enormous suffering followed in their wake, but the encounter between cultures changed both European and Nordic societies.

Employing unorthodox and unpredictable strategies, which were hard for more organized forces to respond to, the most crucial element of the Viking's success was their basic strategy of evading the enemy by arriving by sea, then attacking quickly and with great force before withdrawing quickly. The warrior class dominated in a militarized society. Honour was everything, and breaking promises and ruining one's posthumous reputation were considered worse than death itself. If a man offended another man's honour, the only way out was blood revenge.

Never before have the Viking art of war, weapons and the history of their conquests been presented together in such detail. With over 380 colour illustrations including beautiful reconstruction drawings, maps, cross-section drawings of ships, line-drawings of fortifications, battle plan reconstructions and photos of surviving artefacts including weapons and jewellery,

Vikings at War provides a vivid account of one of Europe's most exciting epochs. Vikings at War was awarded the Norwegian literary prize ‘Saga Prize' in 2012; currently in its fourth printing in Norwegian, this translation makes it available for the first time in English.


In Vikings at War, the Viking age in all its gory glory is brought to life in a beautifully illustrated 400 page book.
Medieval Warfare

The two authors demonstrate extensive knowledge of their subject matter and introduce it to their audience in a fashion which makes it readable and digestible particularly for the non-experts.

Superb account of a race we're all familiar with...This is comprehensive, beautiful and readable, and brings to life the people we know as the Vikings.
Books Monthly

This book is easily the best book on Viking history I have ever read... It purports to be a book about Viking at war, but it is really so much more than that... It is a history of not only the Vikings in northern Europe, but of everywhere the Vikings went, and it also goes deeply into the actual facts of Viking warfare.
A Wargamer's Needful Things

This book is special because it's comprehensive and reconstructs Viking routes, invasions and campaigns across Europe and beyond, a thoroughly informative and enjoyable book for anyone who wishes to learn more about this era. Warfare Magazine highly recommend it!

The best synthesis of Viking warfare ever produced: clear, authoritative, occasionally controversial and superbly illustrated.
Neil Price, Professor of Archaeology, University of Uppsala

Well illustrated with excellent maps, drawings and photos, it deserves a place on the bookshelf of any Viking enthusiast.
Current Archaeology

Was listed in Military History Monthly's round-up of the best military history titles of the month.
Military History Monthly

This volume would be a worthwhile addition to a Viking-themed library for the illustrations alone; archaeologists will additionally benefit from the syntheses of historical sources and sagas this text provides.
Medieval Archaeology Journal

This is a wonderful book. It is 400 colour pages dealing with the Viking art of War, setting it firmly in the historical and social context. The two authors are not only experts in the field but are also immersed in the modern representation of the era, with one being a re-enactor, and the other a producer of modern replicas of Viking weaponry...although it is somewhat trite to say "if you only buy one book on the this subject” it really should be this one. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Miniature Wargames - Melvyn Jenkins-Welch

It's a magnificent piece of work…Although this is pitched as a book about the Vikings at War it's much more than that and provides a very excellent introduction to the Viking age as a whole…In short it's a book I'd recommend to anyone with an interest in the Viking period and I'm sure I shall be using it on set for 'Vikings'.
Justin Pollard, Historical Consultant for the Amazon television series 'Vikings'