Viking Longship, Paperback

Viking Longship Paperback

Illustrated by Steve Noon

Part of the Osprey New Vanguard S. series

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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages, 54 b&w and colour illustrations, bibliography, index
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781841763491



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I found myself modeling Merrimack Miniatures excellent Viking longship (25mm) I picked this baby up, and went with the color plates of depicting the Norman ship with its striped hull and colorful sail. It provides an overview of Dark Age ship designs, and has some great plates, including a Viking sea battle.