The Vikings. Recreated in Colour Photographs by Britta Nurmann, Carl Schulze, Torsten Verhulsdonk

By Britta Nurmann, Carl Schulze, Torsten Verhulsdonk

A outstanding photographic sport of the looks of the Norse explorers, invaders and colonists of 8th-11th century Europe. the combo of expert images and 'living background' societies permits us to review and checklist the looks and way of life of the Vikings: the Norse dress, guns, armor, instruments and houses. Europa Militaria specified 6.

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Kiev, for example, originally a Slavic foundation, was ruled by Vikings from 858, and every year traders assembled there before making the journey to Byzantium together. (Left) The Viking routes to the east were long and arduous, and crossed areas populated by nomadic warriors; the warrior- traders had to be capable of defending themselves. Our Rus is one of the richer traders. He wears two tunics over his "Turkish" trousers, an undertunic of linen and an upper tunic made from Friesian wool cloth; both are finely woven and dyed.

The process of spinning twists the fibres to make an endless yarn. From the invention of spinning perhaps 12,000 years ago - until the invention of the spinning wheel in the 13th century, there was only one tool for this: the hand spindle. The simplest type consisted of a stick; by the Viking age the spindle had acquired a weight fitted to one end to make it twist more evenly. To spin yarn, some fibres are pulled from a mass of fleece, twisted together to form a starting thread and fixed to the end of the spindle.

A warship was built to be swift and manoeuverable, to carry many men, and to move quickly even without sails. It did not have to be completely oceanworthy; raids were made in summer, and there was time to wait for good weather if open sea had to be crossed. The speed was achieved by a 7:1 ratio of length to width, manoeuverability by a curved keel which allowed it to turn around its central axis. To guarantee a high speed without sails there was room for many rowers on a straight deck running along the full length.

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