The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings

by Peter H. Sawyer
     
 

In the Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings, twelve reading scholars draw on the latest research and archaeological evidence to provide the dearest picture yet of this fabled people. Painting a fascinating portrait of the influences that the "Northmen" had on foreign lands, the contributors trace Viking excursions to the British Islands, Russia, Iceland,… See more details below

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In the Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings, twelve reading scholars draw on the latest research and archaeological evidence to provide the dearest picture yet of this fabled people. Painting a fascinating portrait of the influences that the "Northmen" had on foreign lands, the contributors trace Viking excursions to the British Islands, Russia, Iceland, Greenland, and the northern tip of Newfoundland. We meet the great Viking kings, took at the day-to-day social tile of the Vikings, and learn about their almost religious reverence for boats and boat-building. But perhaps most important, the book goes a tong way towards answering the age-old question of who these people were. The contributors show that the Vikings did indeed control, the Northern Seas with the viciousness of pirates and that they pillaged Christian towns with relentless ferocity. And yet we also discover that they were shrewd traders whose dealings in fur in Russia and walrus tusks in Iceland were the envy of Europe.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192853653
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/24/2000
Series:
Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
Edition description:
ILLUSTRATE
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Colour Plates
List of Maps
Notes on Contributors
1. The Age of the Vikings and Before, Peter Sawyer
2. The Frankish Empire, Janet L. Nelson
3. The Vikings in England, ic./i790-1016, Simon Keynes
4. Ireland, Wales, Man, and the Hebrides, Donnchadh Ó Corráin
5. The Atlantic Islands, Sveinbjörn Rafnsson
6. Scandinavians in European Russia, Thomas S. Noonan
7. The Danish Empire and the End of the Viking Age, Niels Lund
8. Ships and Seamanship, Jan Bill
9. Religions Old and New, Preben Meulengracht Sørensen
10. The Vikings in History and Legend, Lars Lönnroth
11. The Viking Legacy, Peter Sawyer
Further Reading
Chronology
Index

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