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Old English Sea Terms

Katrin Thier

This book covers the early medieval period up to c.1300 and includes information about ships, seafaring and its terminology.

It contains an extensive and well-presented dictionary of seafaring terms; each entry includes a basic discussion about the meaning and origin of the headword. The task has been approached from several angles, using techniques from archaeology, art history, history, philology, and linguistics.

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

This work 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, edited and added to that work so as to make the results of her research accessible to readers from varying disciplines and a wider audience.

£19.95    100 black & white illustrations. Paperback.  214 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 248mm high x 170mm 144 pages


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