Author(s) Speidel, Michael P.
Year 2002
Title Berserks: A History of Indo-European "Mad Warriors"
Published in Journal of World History, Vol. 13, No. 2
Pages 253-–290
DOI 10.1353/jwh.2002.0054
Abstract Berserks, mad warriors scorning wounds and death, constituted an Indo-European warrior style on the same order as wolf-warriors. This study traces their history as far as we can know it, from Mesopotamia to Iceland, from 1300 B.C. to A.D. 1300. Making use of new archaeological and literary sources, the study shows berserks to be a long-lived, cross-cultural phenomenon that lends color and coherence to the early millennia of recorded history.
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