The cult TV series ‘Vikings’ has made the world of the famous Norse warriors even better known to millions. But how realistic are its portrayals of Viking combat, with swords and axes slashing into hapless opponents? In this fascinating video, a real-life expert explains how real Viking battles probably involved quite different tactics and skills.
He starts by looking at axe history and design, before discussing real medieval combat manuals and finally the lessons of modern day experiments in hand-to-hand fighting with these fearsome weapons.
Of course, what was true for Viking times will have remained the case when the original Knights Templar also used axes and swords…..