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Mostrando las entradas de noviembre, 2015

13 Complete Soldier's Kits From The Armies Of 1066 Until 2014

1066 huscarl, Battle of Hastings ‘The Anglo-Saxon warrior at Hastings is perhaps not so very different from the British “Tommy” in the trenches,’ photographer Thom Atkinson says. At the Battle of Hastings, soldiers' choice of weaponary was extensive.

1244 mounted knight, Siege of Jerusalem Re-enactment groups, collectors, historians and serving soldiers helped photographer Thom Atkinson assemble the components for each shot. ‘It was hard to track down knowledgeable people with the correct equipment,’ he says. ‘The pictures are really the product of their knowledge and experience.’


1415 fighting archer, Battle of Agincourt Having worked on projects with the Wellcome Trust and the Natural History Museum, photographer Thom Atkinson has turned his focus to what he describes as ‘the mythology surrounding Britain’s relationship with war’.


1485 Yorkist man-at-arms, Battle of Bosworth ‘There’s a spoon in every picture,…




The Iron Age in Britain The period of human history when the use of iron became widespread is called the Iron Age. In Britain it begins around 800 BC and ends in AD 43 with the Roman invasion. There is a longer Iron Age in Scotland, which was not conquered by the Romans. The ancient Greeks and Romans called the Iron Age people of western Europe ‘Celts’. Many of these Celtic peoples spoke related languages and created similar abstract art styles, suggesting that intermarriage, trade and other links brought communities from the Atlantic to the Black Sea into regular contact. Although Britain and Ireland were never explicitly referred to as Celtic by the Greeks and Romans, they were part of this world of shared art and languages. Iron Age peoples did not write down their own histories. This means that archaeologists must use the objects that these peoples left behind to reconstruct their lives. This exhibition contains a diverse collection of objects from across Britain. Ea…


What is it?
First half of the 11th century A.D.
Iron, silver, gold, silver thread, copper alloy thread
Langeid, Setesdal Valley, southern Norway
3.08 feet long

Runic Odes

ye Rulers of the North,
Spirits of exalted worth;
By the silence of the night,
By subtle magic’s secret rite;
By Peolphan murky King,
Master of th’ enchanted ring;
By all and each of hell’s grim host,
Howling demon, tortur’d ghost;
By each spell and potent word
Burst from lips of Glauron’s Lord;
By Coronzon’s awful power;
By the dread and solemn hour,
When Gual fierce, and Hamad strong,
Stride the blast that roars along;
Or, in fell descending swoop,
Bid the furious spirit stoop
O’er desolation’s gloomy plain,
Haunt of warriors battle slain.
Now the world in sleep is laid,
Thorbiorga calls your aid Mark the sable feline coat,
Spotted girdle velvet-wrought;
Mark the skin of glistening snake,
Sleeping seiz’d in forest brake;
Mark the radiant crystal stone,
On which days Sovereign never shone,
From the cavern dark and deep
Digg’d i’ th’ hour of mortal sleep;
Mark the cross, in mystic round [2]
Meetly o’er the sandal bound,
And the symbols grav’d thereon,
Holiest Tetragrammaton! [3]
Now whil…

The Norse King's Sorcerous Daughter


The Dark, or Pitch-Pine, Daughter of the Norse King, and How She Thinned the Woods of Lochaber Long ago, the Norsemen came here to lay claim and take possession of the land. Their visits were frequent and numerous to the west coast and its islands, and their reputation was terrible. Famous they were for their indulgence in every manner of cruel vandalism and wanton destruction, and they would slaughter people wherever they landed. The Norsemen were a rough band that were bold and courageous, hardy yet peremptory and unscrupulous. They described themselves as merchants, but woe betide any that displeased them with their bargaining. The Norsemen had their ways to make a deal more favourable for them through cunning and intimidation. Should any folk not wish to trade, the Norsemen would not mind; they just took and fought fiercely against any that opposed them. Clever as a pack of wolves, they hunted together as such. Yet the bite of their swords and axes were…

El Cuento de Eirek el Viajero

Eireks saga víðförla
The Complete Fornaldarsögur Norðurlanda Legendary Sagas of the Northland in English Translation

Traducido por Peter Tunstall

© 2005 Peter Tunstall

Traducido del inglés por Gaby F.

1. El juramento de Eirek

Thrand es el nombre del primer rey que gobernó en Thrandheim. Él le llamó a un hijo Eirek, un hombre muy querido desde temprana edad. Era fuerte de cuerpo, valiente y excelente en todo; y así creció.

Se cuenta que aquél Yule, Eirek hizo este voto solemne: Que él viajaría por el mundo entero en busca del lugar que los hombres paganos llaman El Acre Inmortal, y los cristianos la Tierra del Folk Vivo, o Paraíso. Este voto se hizo famoso por toda Noruega.
El siguiente verano Eirek equipa un barco magnífico y navega hacia Dinamarca. Había doce en su barco. El rey de los daneses tenía un hijo, quien era también llamado Eirek . El rey danés y su hijo invitaron a Eirek Thrandarson a quedarse el invierno con ellos, y él aceptó. Los dos Eireks se convirtieron en amigo…