An authentic design from the 9th Century when the Vikings spread havoc along the shores of Briton. During the Viking age, helmets were typically fairly simple consisting of a bowl with a prominent nose guard made from several pieces of iron riveted together called a 'spangenhelm.' Children can better imagine just what it was like to wear such an item in battle! Approximate size; 28 x 30cm.Viking warriors were highly feared across Europe for their brutal attacks and unorthodox for the time weapon of choice, the battle axe. Well known for their close quarter fighting style and berserker's, most Vikings warriors were modestly armoured with only the king's guard usually having chain mail.The victims of the Vikings would see Dragon headed ships coming to shore, blood red sails and Snarling Grinding Viking warriors wielding heavy battle axes. This all added up to make it easy to see why the Vikings had a fearsome reputation within Europe. The Viking fighting style was based on rapid attacks, go in and attack, get the goods, and then get out before any more backup could arrive. With their home made clothing and weapons they would rely on their quick and ferocious attack style to ensure success.The Viking warriors were most likely a mismatched looking bunch with varying degrees of armour that would cover mostly the head and the chest area. Helmets were often made from leather, metal or a combination of both, tight fitting to be suitable for use in battle. The often seen Viking horns were more fiction than fact, and would have made the helmets unwieldy to wear and rather impractical. If the metal used for the helmet was limited it would be placed in strategic positions like the bridge of the nose and above or around the eyes. The clothing worn by the Vikings would usually be a tunic covered by some leather outer coat or jacket; this would keep them warm but allow them flexibility in battle.
19 Sep 2014
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