1st Edition

Ancient Germanic Warriors Warrior Styles from Trajan's Column to Icelandic Sagas

By Michael P. Speidel Copyright 2004
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    Presenting a range of evidence for these diverse styles, from Roman art to early medieval bracteate amulets, and from classical texts to Beowulf, the Edda and Icelandic sagas, Professor Speidel here details seventeen different Germanic warriors styles, including berserks, wolf-warriors, club-wielders, long-hairs, ghost warriors and horse-stabbers, and how they indicate an unbroken continuity of customs, beliefs and battle-field tactics.

    Ancient Germanic warriors played a decisive role in historical events from 200 BC, when Germanic culture first became identifiable, to AD 1000 when Christianity swept through the Nordic countries. Arising from beliefs and states of mind, a variety of warrior styles manifested themselves in differences of dress, weaponry and fighting technique.

    Fully illustrated with over fifty photographs, this vivid and fascinating survey adds a colourful new dimension to our understanding of the history of Europe.

    List of figures, Preface, Acknowledgements, Introduction, PART 1 Animal warriors, PART 2 Frightening warriors, PART 3 Strong men, PART 4 Shield warriors, PART 5 Churls, PART 6 Horsemen, PART 7 Foot against horse, PART 8 Outstanding warriors, PART 9 Warrior styles through the ages, Conclusion, Timetable, Notes, Bibliography, Index


    Michael Speidel teaches ancient history at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

    'A most interesting read for anyone with a general interest in ancient warfare.' - Minerva