Overview

Far from being just 'wild, barbaric, axe-wielding pirates', the Vikings created complex social institutions, oversaw the coming of Christianity to Scandinavia and made a major impact on European history through trade, travel and far-flung consolidation. This encyclopedic study brings together the latest research on Viking art, burial customs, class divisions, jewellery, kingship, poetry and family life. The result is a rich and compelling picture of an extraordinary ...
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The Vikings

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Overview

Far from being just 'wild, barbaric, axe-wielding pirates', the Vikings created complex social institutions, oversaw the coming of Christianity to Scandinavia and made a major impact on European history through trade, travel and far-flung consolidation. This encyclopedic study brings together the latest research on Viking art, burial customs, class divisions, jewellery, kingship, poetry and family life. The result is a rich and compelling picture of an extraordinary civilisation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141941530
  • Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/30/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Else Roesdahl is Reader in Medieval Archaeology at the University of Arhus, Denmark and special Professor in Viking Studues at the University of Nottingham. In 1988 she was awarded the Soren Gyldendal Prize for the Danish edition of THE VIKINGS.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Maps
List of Plates
Picture Credits
Acknowledgements
Preface
Maps
Introduction
The Allure of the Vikings 3
The Viking Age and its Sources
The Study of the Viking Age 9
Scandinavia
Geography, Nature and Culture 25
The People 30
Language, Writing and Personal Names 46
Society 52
Kings and Kingdoms 64
Travel, Transport and Ships 78
Livelihood and Settlement 94
Exchange, Silver and Merchandise 108
Trade and Towns 117
Fortifications, Weapons and Warfare 129
The Old and the New Religion 147
Art and Poetry 168
The Expansion
Background and Beginnings 187
The Mainland of Western Europe 195
Scotland and the Isle of Man 210
Ireland 221
England 233
Iceland, the Faroes, Greenland and America 262
The Baltic Region, Russia, Byzantium and the Caliphate 277
Conclusion
The World of the Vikings 295
Notes on the Translation 298
Bibliography 302
Indexes 317
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