Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Brotherhood of Feasting and Campaigning: The success of the Northern warrior

There are many preconceptions regarding the Northern warriors of the Viking Age. Whether fierce men plundering and pillaging Western Europe or axe-bearing soldiers in the Emperor's guard in Byzantium, their reputation as skilled warriors preceded them wherever they went. 

To what did the Northerners owe their success, and what were their characteristics in terms of skills and organization? This paper deals with Viking Age warriors and the brotherhoods or warrior bands that partly created the foundation for their achievements.