The Norsemen in the Viking Age / Edition 1

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Overview

"Histories of the vikings have recently tended to emphasize political or social transitions. Eric Christiansen separates the Nordic peoples from the organizing principles which others have used and attempts to describe life in their homelands and colonies in terms of more, or less, ingenious responses to hostile environments at home and overseas." "Guiding readers past some traditional and current controversies surrounding the Norsemen in the period 750-1050, the author discusses twelve key topics. After a survey of the ecology, social conventions and self-awareness of individuals and groups, he moves on to cover the major areas of Norse activity: politics, war, work and migration. The final chapters reconstruct viking-age ideas about the past, present and future in order to offer insight into contemporary behaviour." Runic, poetic and archaeological evidence is used to illustrate the author's arguments. Appendixes outline modern research and dynastic identities.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an interesting, often informative and provocative book." The Medieval Review

"[A] thought-provoking survey of, and engagement with, the whole gamut of Viking-age activities and resulting scholarship." Saga Book

"This book is an absolute delight, a quirky, hard-hitting potpourri to be dipped into and savoured by anyone even remotely interested in the period … Altogether this is a lively, provocative and stimulating book, strongly recommended to anyone with interest in early medieval Europe or indeed any reader seeking entertainment." History July 2007

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405149648
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/31/2006
  • Series: Peoples of Europe Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 1,401,534
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Christiansen was born in 1937 and educated in England. He is a Fellow Emeritus of New College, Oxford. His publications include The Origins of Military Power in Spain (1967), The Northern Crusades (Second Edition, 1996) and translations of Saxo Grammaticus books X-XVI (1980-81), Sven Aggesen (1992) and Dudo of St Quentin (1998).
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Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Vikings, Their Age, The Aim 1
1 Individuals 10
2 Families 38
3 Communities 64
4 Districts and Territories 87
5 Peoples 112
6 Politics 133
7 War 168
8 Work 189
9 Emigration 214
10 Past 236
11 Present 251
12 Future 279
App. A Modern Research 301
App. B Dynastic Identities 325
App. C Dates 327
App. D Weights and Measures 333
App. E Thegns 335
References 337
Index 366
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