The Vikings

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Far from being just "wild, barbaric, ax-wielding pirates", the Vikings created complex social institutions, oversaw the coming at Christianity to Scandinavia, and made a major impact on European history through trade, travel, and far-flung colonization. This encyclopedic study brings together wide-ranging research on Viking art, burial customs, class divisions, jewelry, kingship, poetry, and family life, and, in this revised edition, recent discoveries. The result is a rich and compelling picture of an ...
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Overview

Far from being just "wild, barbaric, ax-wielding pirates", the Vikings created complex social institutions, oversaw the coming at Christianity to Scandinavia, and made a major impact on European history through trade, travel, and far-flung colonization. This encyclopedic study brings together wide-ranging research on Viking art, burial customs, class divisions, jewelry, kingship, poetry, and family life, and, in this revised edition, recent discoveries. The result is a rich and compelling picture of an extraordinary civilization that flourished for three hundred years, civilization well into the eleventh century.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140125610
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1992
  • Series: Penguin History
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Else Roesdahl is Professor in Medieval Archaeology at the University of Ã…rhus, Denmark, and Special Professor in Viking Studies at the University of Nottingham, England.

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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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