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Viking Longship (New Vanguard) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Keith Durham , Steve Noon
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25. Februar 2002 New Vanguard (Buch 47)
Viking longships evolved from one-man canoes of the Scandinavian Stone Age, through wood-built-ships of c. 200 BC into the recognisable longboats of the 4th century AD. From this point, the Viking Longship developed into the pre-eminent raider and trader in the North Sea and Baltic, venturing as far afield as the Mediterranean, North Atlantic and modern-day Russia. Keith Durham uses reconstructions, original sources, translations and archaeological evidence to render a vivid picture of the vessels that dominated the seaways of Scandinavia, founded colonies on Iceland, Greenland and the New World and terrorised the coastlines of northern Europe. Also covered are Norman vessels, including the invasion fleet of William the Conqueror.

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  • Taschenbuch: 48 Seiten
  • Verlag: Osprey Publishing (25. Februar 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1841763497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841763491
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 0,6 x 17,3 x 24,4 cm
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This title charts the development of the Viking longship, tracing its evolution from the one-man canoe of the Scandinavian Stone Age, through the 'clinker' or wood -built-ships of 200 BC into the recognisable longboats of the 4th century AD. From this point onwards, the Viking Longship developed into the pre-eminent raider and trader in the North Sea and the Baltic, and ventured as far afield as the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic and modern-day Russia. Keith Durham uses modern reconstructions, original sources, translations and archaeological evidence to render a vivid picture of the vessels that dominated the seaways of Scandinavia, founded colonies on Iceland, Greenland and the New World and terrorised the coastlines of northern Europe. This title also covers the development of Norman vessels, including the mighty invasion fleet of William the Conqueror.

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Keith Durham is the author of Men-at-Arms 279: ‘The Border Reivers’. He is also a skilled and respected figure sculptor who has produced models for a number of companies including Border Miniatures.

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As the 8th century drew to a close, small bands of marauding Norsemen from Denmark and Norway launched an initial wave of savage amphibious attacks on the kingdoms of western Europe, their first targets the undefended coastal monasteries of England, Scotland, Ireland and France-rich in the gold and silver trappings of early Christianity. Lesen Sie die erste Seite
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Nice book - but not worth the price 16. November 2004
This book gives a nice historical overview of the Vikings and their use of the ships described in the book.
I was quite surprised (my own fault, of course), since the books is quite thin and in my opinion not worth the price. Yes, it does have good information and nice drawings, but I expected more details about the "technical" side of the ships, such as where the people slept/ate/rested during their long trips, how the ships were steered and controlled (could they sail crosswinds?), etc.
4 stars "only" despite the shortcomings of the content and especially the unjustified price, yet surely a nice add-on for someone who is interested in the Viking subject.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Detailed, informative and well-illustrated - an excellent introduction 15. November 2008
Von The Wanderer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
The Osprey range of military history titles has an excellent reputation for detail and historical accuracy, and "Viking Longship" by Keith Durham is one of its finest examples. The longship is one of the most distinctive and popularly-known features of the Viking era, and it is only right that it should receive a book-length treatment of its own. Although the book that is only 48 pages long, the author has nevertheless managed to fill it with a wealth of information.

Durham charts the evolution of the longship from its earliest antecedents in the Bronze Age through to the Norman Conquest and beyond, to c.1100. His focus, however, is on the early medieval period, between AD 350 and 900, for which he uses a number of case studies of recovered ships. In doing so he recognises that not all were necessarily constructed for the same purpose, and describes in detail the differences in design depending on whether a vessel was essentially coastal/riverine or sea-going, and whether it was built for war or trade or even (as suggested by the Oseberg ship) as a pleasure craft. He also notes the useful research that has in recent times come out of experimental archaeology - modern reconstructions of longships. Furthermore, it is important to note that while most of the examples Durham describes originated in Scandinavia, that the same technologies and principles were in use across northern Europe during this period, and that much of what is described also applies to Anglo-Saxon and indeed Norman vessels.

The text is supplemented on every page with black-and-white photos and diagrams depicting the available archaeological and pictorial evidence for the period, as well as more modern reconstructions of longships. There are also 7 pages of colour artist's impressions, provided by Steve Noon, of which the standout piece is a part cut-away depiction of an 11th-century cargo vessel or 'knarr', with each of its component parts annotated on a separate page. The rest of the illustrations are similarly clear, although it would have been useful to have a summary diagram showing the main developments in ship construction during this period. At the back of the book a glossary is provided, although (perhaps for reasons of space) it is quite short and omits a number of terms which are used in the main text. It is disappointing also that, unlike many other titles in the Osprey range, there is no list of further reading.

In all, however, "Viking Longship" is an excellent and highly accessible introduction for anyone with an interest in naval technology in the early medieval period, or in the Anglo-Saxon or Viking era in general. As someone who is currently writing a historical novel in this period, I have found it to be a highly informative and indeed invaluable guide.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Everything you need to know the construction of Viking ships 22. August 2007
Von Tim Martin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This is a great little book about the details of how Viking ships were constructed. It goes through the history of the development of Viking longships and describes (in great detail) how they were constructed. Thankfully, there is a glossary in the back for us landlubbers. Mr. Durham does a great job of conveying how magnificant these vessels were. The craftsmanship and lore that went into building these longships was, quite simply, amazing. There are numerous detailed drawings and the paintings are quite good (something you can't say for all the books in this series). After reading how these boats were constructed, it is easy to understand how the Vikings were able to be the force that they were. The best indication of this is the Peacock that was discovered in the ship-burial from 1000 AD. Imagine what that Peacock went through to end up in Norway! This book is strictly about how Viking longships were built and does get a bit technical. It is worth reading if you are curious about Vikings and their seafaring ways!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Super Ships - The Viking Ships 29. Mai 2009
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Although the book is not lengthy it really presents an excellent OVERVIEW of the evolution of the water-craft we all have in mind when anyone says "viking ship." This book is an excellent starting place for anyone who seriously wants to learn the detailed history of the water craft that began to evolve more than 8000 years ago in northern Europe. And, if one wants to stop after reading just this book, you have a decent idea as to how viking ships came into being. And, a pretty good understanding of the "working models" largely built in recent years in Denmark. However, if you're looking for detailed and very sophisticated extended presentations, then a good idea would be to get in touch with the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark. These folks are easy to work with, take credit cards, and have a myriad of books on viking ships written in english. I will say that some of these books are a challenge (unless you happen to be a shipwright). Closer to home, one might contact Scandinavia House on Park Avenue in New York City to check them out.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Viking Longship 19. August 2010
Von Long Hunter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I originally bought this book for the pictures, as I am building a 1/72 sacle model of a Viking longship. I was not disapointed, but was especially pleased with the text. Very informative. Defiantely a permanent addition to my collection!
5.0 von 5 Sternen Those were the Ships that crossed freezing waters to trade, to plunder and conquer 27. März 2013
Von Anibal Madeira - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
The author managed to write a brilliant introduction to Scandinavian nautical history. From the pre-historical "bathtubs" to the magnificent vessels that invaded England in the 11th century (although William wasn't a Scandinavian he descended from them and Norman nautical technology was immensely influenced by Scandinavia).

From the clinker construction, to the mast, the keel, the ribs, the rudder and strakes (above and below water), the author details everything. What tools were used, what was the preferred wood (oak for most of the ship, exceptions for the mast and interior planking) and how nautical knowledge evolved to create the magnificent vessels like the Oseberg or Gokstad ships?

You will get answers to all those questions and more, with information on the Skuldelev finds and the above mentioned burial ships found at Oseberg and Gokstad.

Another plus of this small book is the excellent art of Steve Noon (this is his first book for Osprey). It details the following scenes: The Gokstad ship; Ship construction and tools 9th Cent.; The oseberg ship; A Knarr (11th Cent.); Russia (moving a ship through land) 950-1000; Ship construction 11th Cent.; The Mora (William the conqueror admiral ship) and the Norman Invasion Fleet.

The only critical remark I have about this book is the title. It should be "Viking Ships" or something like that. It's quite short on Specific information on the "langskip"; although obviously the detailed information on other kinds of ship also applies to the longship. In thruth there is more specific information about the Knarr then of the true longships of the ends of the 10th century...so the title should be somewhat more generic.

If naval jargon is new to you, start reading by the glossary and then watch with attention Plate D.
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