Barbarian Warriors: Saxons, Vikings, Normans (Brassey's by Dan Shadrake

By Dan Shadrake

Often portrayed as an period of brutality and chaos, this booklet unearths the truth at the back of the mythical warriors of the darkish a while. It additionally uncovers the huge paintings of war during this interval, the excessive point of workmanship completed within the manufacture of all types of decorated helmets and swords. The booklet indicates how the achievements of the Roman conflict computer survived through the darkish a long time till the time of the Normans. Dan Shadrake is the illustrator of "King Arthur - the real tale" by way of Graham Philips and Martin Keatman, and works on Robin Hood and the Holy Grail via an identical authors. Susanna Shadrake is the writer of the script for the video "Arthur fantasy & Reality".

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