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Viking Clothing [Paperback]

Thor Ewing
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Book Description

1 April 2006
Describing the different garments worn by women and men, this book looks at the aspects of cloth production - raw materials, production tools and techniques for woven and non-woven textiles, decorative textiles and embroidery. It also shows how much can be reconstructed from the discoveries of archaeological excavation.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752435876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752435879
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 18 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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History isn't just a series of dates and events for Thor Ewing, but the story of real people whose lives and thoughts helped shape our world. A fascination with past cultures and how they connect with us today underlies much of his work.

His books help us rediscover that connection with our past, whether through the myths and religion of the Vikings, or the forgotten wisdom of the medieval Celts.

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Viking Clothing represents the most up-to-date work available on Viking-age and medieval Scandinavian dress . . . is generously illustrated, and accessible to both scholarly and general readerships
-- Saga Book 31 (2007)

About the Author

Having studied English Language and Medieval Literature at the University of Durham, Thor Ewing works as a Historical Interpreter. His clients include English Heritage and the Jorvik Viking Centre. He has been making a special study of the clothing of the Viking Age for several years.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Viking Clothing 29 Oct 2009
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This is a great book for re-enactors! Very informative in many aspects of clothing, it ties together a lot of different approaches to the various Viking clothing discussions. Many different patterns are shown in a manner that make it possible to put together a cutting pattern, for example, faldr headscarves, the viborg shirt, various forms of apron dress. Get it, read it, make the kit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Viking reenactor's bible! 21 Mar 2011
A lot of information, scholarly book and mostly reading. Where there are illustrations they are very useful. Doesn't offer definitive garments but offers all the information available and you extrapolate garments from that. Very well researched and respected. Definitely a research book, it does not offer easy answers, but if you want to investigate all the options this is the book.

Be aware as you are reading that it covers areas as far apart as Scandinavia, Russia and Ireland, details for one area might not be appropriate to another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars viking clothing 14 April 2011
By chris
A very easily readable book.very informative.So far seems to be THE book to have if interested in the viking age.This book contains many line drawings and photographs that help to visualise the items of clothing described .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written resource for Viking-era clothing 13 May 2013
By M Poole
This book is not meant to be a pattern book, it's a well-researched guide to clothing from the Viking era. It covers both male and female clothing very clearly, presenting information from archaeological reports and finds. The geographic range is much wider than people would normally expect, the Vikings got around a bit.

If you're looking for a how-to book with hand-holding instructions and patterns to copy, this is not the book for you. What you will get is enough information to make informed choices if you are planning on clothing construction.

The time spent reading this book will never be wasted, you might be surprised by the sophisticated construction and materials of the clothing discussed. It wasn't all mud and frayed-edge grubby clothing back then.
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