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NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword DVD
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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

Wonderful Program

By Jim

from CA

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

Love it!

 
5.0

Good program

By Jim

from VA

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

I enjoyed watching this NOVA episode. Highly recommended!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Thousand Year Old Cutting Edge Technology

By Bill the Bowyer

from Larkspur, CO

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

A close friend of mine is a sword and armor aficionnato, so I know more about swords than most.
I had never heard of the Ulfbehrt sword and did not know that most Vikings did not use swords in battle. For all the whiz-bang metallurgy shown in the program, it all would have been for nought if Richard Furrer hadn't found out about the ancient furnace that allowed him to bring the iron to 3000 degrees. Very good program if you like swords.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love the viking history! What a rough and tumble life!

By Nell

from Salem, Oregon

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

Our son collects knives so this was a nice birthday present for him. We are of Scandinavian decent also.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

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