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The Vikings were the most ferocious warriors of the Middle Ages. Especially fearsome were the select few who wielded a formidable weapon: a light, razor sharp, virtually indestructible sword with its maker's name, ULFBERHT, inlaid along the blade. But who Ulfberht was, where the sword came from, and how it was made remained secrets for more than 1,000 years?
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PBSNOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword DVD
 
4.9

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5.0

A Beautiful Piece of Living History

By A History Teacher

from Los Angeles

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword DVD:

Ric Furrer is that rare person, a living historian, who keeps a thousand-year-old craft alive using thousand-year-old methods. His craft is blacksmithing. He makes swords.

He was challenged to recreate the finest of the swords used by the Northmen, better known here as Vikings. Their finest swords were inscribed with the word +Ulfberh+t, and were made from crucible steel that was so pure it was almost a thousand years ahead of its time.

In addition to following Furrer's painstaking recreation of this lethal masterpiece, the DVD contains information about, and well reenacted scenes of, Viking combat. It is also speculated that the original crucible steel to make the blades came from northern Iran. How did it make its way from there to Scandinavia? The DVD tells us.

I'm a history teacher, and found the entire DVD fascinating. I am also full of admiration for Mr. Furrer.

This gets a solid five stars from me.

 
5.0

viking swords

By redgram

from fall river, mass

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword DVD:

I loved this dvd. It is very well presented and researched. I especially enjoyed watching a Master craftsman make one, and explain each part of the process. It is amazing to know that this weapon was created under, what we consider, much more primitive conditions than a modern forge. Please keep these kinds of programs coming. They are terrific!

 
5.0

Highly Recommended

By amjessdan

from Maine

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword DVD:

Great history of metallurgy - sword making - terrific documentary . Great teaching tool for students in high school or college. A+++

 
5.0

Held my interest from begining to end, !

By Blind Bat

from Oroville , Ca.

Comments about PBS NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword DVD:

Great doucuementation , interesting information..! Would buy similar products....

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ULFBERHT Made Me

By Dag Stomberg

from St. Andrews, Scotland

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword DVD:

What is in a name? Considered the ultimate weapon
of the Viking era. The authentic swords that bore
this name inscribed were of remarkable craftsmanship and made of a unique steel.

This hands-on documentary film provides succinct
information packed with colourful descriptions
that truly enhances the acceptabiity of the
viewer to see it again and again!

The production is of extremely high calibre.

Strongly recommended!

Dag Stomberg

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