Old English Sea Terms
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.
100 black & white illustrations. Paperback. 208 pages
Dark Age Naval Power
A re-assessment of Frankish and Anglo-Saxon
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.’
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
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
The author has gathered together information about the crewing,
appearance, financing and use of fighting ships during the period.
8 maps & 8 illustrations
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