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Germanic Warrior AD 236–568 Paperback – September 15, 1996
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Insights into the real lives of history's fighting men, packed with full colour illustrations, highly detailed cutaways, exploded artwork of weaponry and armour, and action-packed battle scenes.
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Simon MacDowall is a professional army officer with a life long passion for history. His hobbies include painting military figurines and wargaming. He has lived in England, Canada, Germany and Belgium as well as seeing service in Central America and the former Yugoslavia. He enjoys good food and drink, travel, wilderness camping and writing.
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THe volume covers obvious territory in relation to the early Germanic warrior social structure, which forms a good context for the beginner or general reader. The sections on training and tactics go some way toward modifying the Hollywood image of "screaming savage barbarians", with MacDowell emphasising the influence of centuries of contact with Rome on the organisation of these warbands. Similarly, the convergence between the equipment used by the Germanics and those used by their Roman foes and allies also creates a very different image of these "invaders".
The section on the "experience of battle" gives an immediacy and vitality to what could be a dry catalogue of ancient fragments and archaeological evidence. As ever, Angus McBride's evocative watercolours bring the evidence to life, with several pictures, such as that of the blond Germanic lord in late Roman costume, flanked by his comitatus guards and receiving homage from a new retainer in his (rather run-down) Roman villa telling a story while illustrating some artefacts.
Overall, this isn't a perfect book and the text can be thin in places (since this isn't really MacDowell's area of specialisation), but in terms of context and as a starting point for newcomers to this area, this book is a good contribution.