Age Naval Power
A re-assessment of Frankish and Anglo-Saxon seafaring activity
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.
hardback 224 pages
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