Come along to King Harold Day next Saturday 13 October

Viking Age Ships & Shipbuilding Part III

Building is Believing: Norway’s Stave Churches


Norway today is a very Christian country. The king sits at the head of a national church, supported by the state, and most Norwegians–although they might not attend every Sunday service–will be baptised, confirmed, married, and buried under its aegis. At the same time, however, contemporary Norwegian society remains not only aware, but also proud of its pre-Christian forebears, the pagan warriors and seafarers who populate the saga literature and skaldic verse. These legacies–Christian and pagan–have played an enduring role in the shaping of a Norwegian national identity, and point to the importance of the Middle Ages to the texture of Scandinavian history.

The Middle Ages itself, and the 10th-13th centuries in particular, were a time of great change in northern Europe, as previously pagan lands began the slow process of Christianisation and adopted cultural norms from the Christian heartlands. In the area which would become Norway, exposure to Christianity…

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Viking Age Ships & Shipbuilding Part I

Viking Age Ships & Shipbuilding Part II

The Oseberg Viking Ship – and her Copy

Thyra Dane

In 1903 a farmer close to the Norwegian city of Tønsberg – a large city in the Viking age – stumbled over part of a Viking ship from around 834. The ship was used in a burial and was almost in one piece when it was found. Two women were buried there and speculations have run wild as to whom these two women were. There is no doubt that they – or at least one of them –  were rich since they`ve eaten plenty of meat all their lives. Poorer people ate more fish.

Woman from the Middle East?

There is a bit of debate about one of the women and whether she was old and rich as well or if she was younger and possibly a slave. I think the latest research has concluded that both women were older and rich. An interesting side-story is how one test showed…

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Viking Age Ships & Shipbuilding Part I

That’s not vom Tag!

Grauenwolf's Study of Western Martial Arts

I’ve been playing at German longsword for nearly as long as I’ve been playing at rapier. But only last night did I come to the realization that I, and everyone who taught me or trained with me, has been doing vom Tag wrong.

Look at Danzing, then look at everybody else.

Peter Von Danzig


Hans Talhoffer


Jakob Sutor


Joachim Meyer


Paulus Hector Mair

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Conan the Barbarian

Ok, so there is one person besides Danzig uses vom Tag on the right.

Danzig and I Got It All Wrong

Until now I haven’t properly considered using the center vom Tag. I even thought that is was an inferior position, used by people who didn’t know what they were doing or were forced into it by circumstances.

Now I’m pretty sure I’ve got it all backwards. Experience tells me that I can defeat von Tag on the right in numerous ways…

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Rope Drill

Something silly


I saw this somewhere else and hope no one minds me using it.  It is amusing and true as, historically, berserks in different cultures used little armor.  If you prefer, think of Fire/Rage being far more Aggression than Defense.  Like anything else, there are pros and cons.

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St. Maximilian Landsknecht Re-enactment Guild

Worth a look;

“The von Fürstenberg Fähnlein is the name of our company of German mercenaries calledLandsknechte. We operate under the official name of the Renaissance re-enactment group called St. Maximilian Landsknecht Re-enactment Guild. It is our purpose to portray a historical, but theatrical, representation of camp life of Landsknechte circa 1536 on the Northern California small faire circuit, for public education and entertainment.”


Barbarian Combat (Germanic Style)

Germanic fighting at the time of the Romans
(also where the Germanic warriors fight on horseback as well as paint themselves pitch-black for night attacks)