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Anglo Saxon Weapons And Warfare

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A survey describing the weapons and equipment of the Anglo-Saxon warrior during the three-and-a-half centuries from the end of Roman Britain to the arrival of the Vikings (AD 450-800).
Published February 1st 1999 by Tempus
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Apr 04, 2014 Sceadugenga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the author states in the preface "this book is primarily aimed at the re-enactor, wargamer, military historian or general reader" it is not an exhaustive archeological treatise nor does it pretend to be; it is, however, an excellent introduction to Anglo-Saxon warfare. In the first part of the book, drawing from literary sources and archeological evidence Underwood outlines the various arms and equipment utilized by the Anglo-Saxons. The section is replete with numerous black and white drawin ...more
Apr 14, 2010 Graham rated it it was amazing
Truly a superb book - my only complaint is its short length, which meant I'd read it in under the space of a single day.

Essentially, this is a book that, apologies for the cliche, "does what it says on the tin". It begins with a short contextual introduction before looking at the most popular types of Anglo-Saxon weapons in turn, i.e. the spear, the sword, the seax, the hand axe and the throwing axe. Then we move into armour, so shields, helms and mail shirts are all described.

The latter, shorte
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Oct 31, 2015 Rupert Matthews rated it really liked it
Very interesting book, packed with information and data. At times it did slide into rather dull archaeology-speak, but on the whole a good book about a poorly understood subject. I felt that perhaps it could have done with a bit of comparison with what we know about fighting at this period from elsewhere rather than lament that so little is known from native English sources. Never mind. I enjoyed it and found it interesting.
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