Monday, June 21, 2010
The very name of the famed Northmen would come to strike fear in the hearts of their enemies. Like the Greeks,they too had a complex system of rank involving ships like drakkars and longships. But they were important because their ships would successively evolve into the ships of today. This was the true genesis of the modern battleship. The Middle Ages had only one great sea fight that I can think of, the battle of Crecy. All the powers in the High Middle Ages except the Byzantines did not have rank. In fact, The all-important system of regimentation was lost in the English fleet until the days of Oliver Cromwell.