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Viking Longship (New Vanguard) Paperback – February 25, 2002
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The unrivalled illustrated reference on fighting vehicles, transport and artillery through the ages. Each volume is illustrated throughout, making these books uniquely accessible to history enthusiasts of all ages.
About the Author
Keith Durham is the author of Men-at-Arms 279: 'The Border Reivers'. He is also a skilled and respected figure sculptor who has produced models for a number of companies including Border Miniatures.
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Durham's strength rests in his meticulous attention to detail. He examines a number of Viking age ships that have come down to us more or less intact. He tells us how the ships were built and of what kinds of wood. He gives exhaustive lists of the dimensions of individual boat parts, individual planks even. I believe that a skilled man could make a ship using only Durham's words and the ample series of drawings as his guide.
Illustrator Steve Noon produced a series of colorful, beautiful drawings. Not content to stop there he then went farther and produced a handful of detailed drawings that allow us to understand specific parts of the boats and how those parts meld together.
Durham shed light on some, to me at least, very surprising facts. In one surviving ship the heavy timber set beneath the mast weighed over four tons. I can only imagine how the old Viking ship makers handles such a heavy weight. And the purported speed of the most graceful of the ships astonishes even today.
In a slender booklet like this more information cannot be packed.