By Michael P. Speidel

Featuring a number facts for those assorted types, from Roman paintings to early medieval bracteate amulets, and from classical texts to Beowulf, the Edda and Icelandic sagas, Professor Speidel right here information seventeen varied Germanic warriors types, together with berserks, wolf-warriors, club-wielders, long-hairs, ghost warriors and horse-stabbers, and the way they point out an unbroken continuity of customs, ideals and battle-field strategies. old Germanic warriors performed a decisive position in historic occasions from two hundred BC, whilst Germanic tradition first turned identifiable, to advert a thousand whilst Christianity swept during the Nordic nations. coming up from ideals and states of brain, a number of warrior types manifested themselves in ameliorations of costume, weaponry and struggling with strategy. absolutely illustrated with over fifty photos, this brilliant and engaging survey provides a colorful new size to our realizing of the heritage of Europe.

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In earlier times, Roman soldiers stripped torcs from fallen Celts and wore them as trophies; after a while, Roman-made torcs became battle decorations awarded by Roman commanders. 10 Because battle decorations went to the bravest and the bravest became standardbearers, the latter may have begun to wear a bear-hood over their helmet as a badge of status. 11 On parade, hooded standard-bearers and hornblowers made a splendid show. 12 If the bear-hoods of Roman standard-bearers originated from trophies, one would expect them to appear first among auxiliary cohorts on the Rhine, since they were the first Roman forces to fight Germanic bear-warriors.

6). 58 Since the foil shows only one-fourth of this second warrior, and since he stands at a right angle to the upper one, scholars thought that the foil once served some other purpose—perhaps as a cover of a box or a bowl. But neither box nor bowl can use upright figures at right angles to each other. The reason for the cutoff figure is much simpier: having cut the scabbard cover out of a piece of silver foil, the craftsman used several dies to emboss it, though each die only in part. 59 Since the upper, right-facing wolf-warrior was to be the main image on the scabbard, the craftsman placed it upright near the top.

By calling themselves “mixed,” the Alamanni took pride in their Wolves 19 robber- and wolf-warrior origin. 44 Other Germanic tribes, too, claimed to stem from such forebears. Closest to the Alamanni in this are the Lombards, who as youths likewise left their homes to find new lands. —They said they had cynocephali in their army, that is men with dog heads. 45 Lombard hound-warriors can be traced from the beginning of our era to Dante’s great warrior Can Grande of Verona (1312–1329) and beyond.

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