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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book. Well written tying in the Norse Saga's well with believable fighting techniques.
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2.0 out of 5 stars You can get his information for free
Okay I had a moment of weakness and bought this book...I have been involved in martial arts for many, many years and have recently and sadly ended a five year exploration of WMA. I am also a scholar of the Icelandic sagas and Norse history in general.

The book is reasonably presented and basically features Mr Cummins commentary on techniques gleaned from Norse...
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2.0 out of 5 stars You can get his information for free, 10 Jun 2013
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Okay I had a moment of weakness and bought this book...I have been involved in martial arts for many, many years and have recently and sadly ended a five year exploration of WMA. I am also a scholar of the Icelandic sagas and Norse history in general.

The book is reasonably presented and basically features Mr Cummins commentary on techniques gleaned from Norse literature. The illustrations are fun and clear. The problem with the book is that more or less the same information is available for free from the Hurstwic site, while fencing with the large shield is covered by instructors on youtube, again for free.
Asides from the sagas there is little insight given by Mr. Cummins about actual fighting with early medieval weapons and the book seems largely concerned with offensive actions with them. The large shield has a number of particular dynamics which are not covered in the book yet are the chief concern of nearly all other works dealing with "viking" fighting.
The comparisons with Japanese martial arts are to expected given the authors background but he did seem only passingly familiar with Western sources. Talhoffer is mentioned a few times. This is relevant as there is a fair amount of information on shield fighting from European works which could have informed the book. I could continue but actually the first point I made is enough and is the most relevant. This information and more insightful,informed is available for free from other sources.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother, 8 Jan 2014
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Not well illustrated, the picures are silhouettes and really not well done. Information and provenance is sparse and the whole product is not worth the effort. Join a decent reenactment group and you will cover all this in your basic weapons training with far more enjoyment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Nov 2014
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Good book. Well written tying in the Norse Saga's well with believable fighting techniques.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vikingr combat systen, 18 Dec 2012
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My partner and myself have enjoyed studying European MA for many years now. There are numerous 12th to 16th century manuscripts on this subject, however when its comes to the earlier combat systems, we have only chronicles describing feats of arms written as stories, that take a lot of study and reading between the lines. Mr Cummins, has studied these chronicles from a practical perspective useing his own martial experience. Thankfully this book lacks the typical demonstration photography with a gym background that most European MA books use. And contains simple, and easy to interpret pictures. The logical and practical way that the original Viking chronicles have been tranlated mke it easy to follow the system for people with a martial background, or no experience alike. A must for anyone with an interest in dark age and early medieval history. Definately worth 5 stars, and totally original read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very informative, easy to follow, 10 April 2013
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wouldn't normally think of the fighting styles of the vikings but there are many moves that you wouldn't think of. very easy to follow and understand.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hero's in saga's..., 9 Dec 2013
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The book is interesting only in the fact that a lot of the descriptions of combat come from the saga's - where there must be some cross over in to the reality of combat. Other than that the book is highly speculative in terms of how the techniques are performed. As a student of oriental martial arts for 30 years and English martial arts for 5 I found this book very frustrating. One or two practicable techniques and the rest is driven by enthusiasm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great step by step guide, 7 Aug 2013
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This is a great step by step guide on Viking combat. It gives a pictorial insight into the moves and various combat styles for the period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected., 17 April 2013
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Liked the graphics, quite an imaginative approach. Good solid use of historical evidence. Speculative at times, but clear and honest about this. Made me think and I recommend this book.
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