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Old English Sea Terms

Katrin Thier

This study covers the early medieval period up to c.1300 and includes information about seafaring, ships and their construction. It contains an extensive dictionary. Each entry has its own etymology and quotations, and is briefly analysed using evidence from the fields of archaeology, art history, history, philology, and linguistics.

It is a reference work for the use of anyone interested in the language, archaeology, and history of ships in early medieval England. It is based on the author's 2002 monograph on Old English terminology for ships and parts of ships before 1100, which was published in German. The author has reorganised, revised and added to that work so as to make the results of her research accessible to readers from varying disciplines and a wider audience.

In addition to the dictionary there are lists of source texts, a nautical glossary and a catalogue of images and finds.

£19.95    100 black & white illustrations. Paperback.  208 pages

Dark Age Naval Power
A re-assessment of Frankish and Anglo-Saxon seafaring activity.

John Haywood

In the first edition of this work, published in 1991, John Haywood argued that the capabilities of the pre-Viking Germanic seafarers had been greatly underestimated. Since that time, his reassessment of Frankish and Anglo-Saxon shipbuilding and seafaring has been widely praised and accepted.
‘The book remains a historical study of the first order. It is required reading for our seminar on medieval seafaring at Texas A & M University and is essential reading for anyone interested in the subject.’
F. H. Van Doorninck, The American Neptune

‘The author has done a fine job, and his clear and strongly put theories will hopefully further the discussion of this important part of European history.’
Arne Emil Christensen, The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology

‘Writing a comprehensive history of the clandestine activities of preliterate Dark Age societies is an ambitious task and this book is a remarkable achievement.’
Gillian Hutchinson, Mariner’s Mirror

In this second edition, some sections of the book have been revised and updated to include information gained from excavations and sea trials with sailing replicas of early ships. The new evidence lends weight to the author’s argument that early Germanic shipbuilding and seafaring skills were far more advanced than previously thought. It also supports the view that Viking ships and seaborne activities were not as revolutionary as is commonly believed.

£16·95 hardback 224 pages

English Sea Power 871-1100AD

John Pullen-Appleby

This work examines the largely untold story of English sea power prior to the Norman Conquest. The author illuminates the much-neglected period 871 to 1100, an age when English rulers deployed naval resources, first against Norse Invaders, and later as an instrument of state in relations with neighbouring countries.

The author has gathered together information about the crewing, appearance, financing and use of fighting ships during the period.

8 maps & 8 illustrations

£9·95    hardback   144 pages


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