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In The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings, twelve leading scholars draw on the latest research and archaeological evidence to provide the clearest 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, looks at the day-to-day social life of the Vikings, and learn about their almost religious reverence for boats and boat-building. But perhaps most important, the book goes a long 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.
Attractively illustrated with twenty-four color plates, sixteen maps, and over a hundred black-and-white pictures, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings is a magnificent account of this rugged maritime culture.
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"the truest picture yet of the Vikings and their age."--Publishing News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192853653
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/24/2000
  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
  • Edition description: ILLUSTRATE
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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Peter Sawyer is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Kings and Vikings and Anglo-Saxon Charters.

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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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