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The English Warrior from the Earliest Times Till 1066

Stephen Pollington

Anglo-Saxon warriors, weapons and warfare. This important work is not intended to be a bald listing of the battles and campaigns from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and other sources, but rather it is an attempt to get below the surface of Anglo-Saxon warriorhood and to investigate the rites, social attitudes, mentality and mythology of the warfare of those times. Using Old English and Old Norse documents together with archaeological and linguistic evidence Pollington discusses the warrior’s role in early English society, his rights and duties, rituals of feasting and duelling as well as weapons and equipment, the social and legal nature of warfare, strategy and military logistics. Appendices give original translations of three important military poems; the battles of Maldon, Finnsburh and Brunanburh.

  • Hardcover: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Anglo-Saxon Books (18 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898281424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898281429

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