Tomáš Vlasatý, Martin Zbránek; Marobud During the year 2020 we asked more than 100 members of Viking Gear Facebook page these four questions: 1. Which country are you from? 2. Which helmet, out of those in attached pictures, do you use? 3. Do you use straps to tighten up your helmet onto your head? 4. Do […]
Tomáš Vlasatý, Martin Zbránek; Marobud V průběhu roku 2020 jsme formou fóra Viking Gear na Facebooku oslovili více než 100 uživatelů helem z celého světa, kterým jsme položili 4 otázky: 1. Vaše země původu? 2. Váš typ přilby dle přiloženého obrázku? 3. Užívání řemínků (ano / ne). 4. Myslíte si, že brýlová přilba reprezentuje dražší […]
As a commander of raiders’ army at Wolin Festival, he is one of the most important figures in European early medieval combat reenactment. Those who were lucky enough to meet him will remember his uncompromising look, earrings, a tattooed body and a distinctive behaviour. At Wolin 2015, I had the opportunity to see his determination, […]
Putting the story of human life in four small paragraphs is an impossible, painful, and undignified task, which I nevertheless put on my shoulders in the belief that a short bow to one great man and a look back at his life is better than burdensome silence and ignorance. As the world faces the greatest […]
Vměstnat příběh lidského života do čtyř drobných odstavců je nemožný, bolestivý a nedůstojný úkol, který přesto kladu na svá bedra ve víře, že lepší krátká poklona jednomu velikánovi a ohlédnutí za jeho životem, než-li tíživá mlčenlivost a ignorace. Zatímco se svět vypořádává s největší pandemickou výzvou posledního století, zanikla smutná informace, že nás navždy opustil […]
In the ninth part of the Inspiration series, we will introduce the costume of my friend Pavel Voronin, one of the leading Russian reenactors. Pavel, also known as Gunnar, is the leader of the NorraVind group, which is known for organizing a number of open and private events and for lending the equipment to museums. Pavel […]
In the eighth issue of our inspiration we will look at Belarusian reenactress Olga Mazenkova who is a member of Naglfar historical reenactment club (КИР Нагльфар) and whose historical name is Alvitr. I’ve been exchanging letters with Olga for some time already and I know she takes her reconstruction seriously, has studied the sources and for […]
In the last years of my research, I came across several Early medieval fragments of mail armour with edging rings being made of non-ferrous metals. The topic of mail armour has a number of fans among the reenactors, so I was surprised that I was not able to find any comprehensive work that would process […]
After a short pause we are continuing with our inspiromat. This time we are looking at a young Russian reenactor Yevgenia Andreyevna from the group White Lynx (Белая Рысь). Yevgenia aims to represent a Slavic woman from Novgorod in the period from half of 10th century to the beginning of 11th century. Due to the absence […]
I would like to present this article about a yet undocumented find of a helmet from the Viking age, which is a fragment from Kyiv. This object, currently deposited in the National Museum of the History of Ukraine under inventory label ДРА 1065, has eluded researchers’ attention for a long time and for that reason […]
Introduction Reenactors wishing to reconstruct the Early Middle Ages are often confronted with the fact there are no indications of belt components in about a half of all graves. The absence of any belt applies to both richly equipped and less expensive graves throughout Europe. It is, of course, possible that the belts were not […]
When we talk about swords, we often imagine iron or steel blades with metal hilts and organic, mostly wooden grips (antler grips seem to appear rather sporadically after the fall of the Western Roman Empire; see MacGregor 1985: 165). The sword constructed in this way meets all requirements for safety and robustness, which ensures long-term […]
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