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The World of the Vikings

by Richard Hall
     
 

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“Gives the nonspecialist reader a fascinatingly detailed picture. . . . Without doubt the most attractively presented study of the
Vikings currently available.”—Historian
Here is the complete story of the Vikings from their origins in Scandinavia during the early first millennium AD, through the incredible period of raiding, trading, and

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“Gives the nonspecialist reader a fascinatingly detailed picture. . . . Without doubt the most attractively presented study of the
Vikings currently available.”—Historian
Here is the complete story of the Vikings from their origins in Scandinavia during the early first millennium AD, through the incredible period of raiding, trading, and settling known as the Viking Age, to the last surviving Viking settlements in fifteenth-century Greenland. Following in the footsteps of Viking merchants, raiders, and emigrants, we track their journeys from the first documented raid on the island monastery of Lindisfarne in 739 to the semi-mythical travels of individuals such as Eirik the Red and the expansive kingdoms of Viking leaders. The book explores Viking life and culture in detail: their appearances, warfare, targets, crafts, and weapons, as well as their stunning pattern-welded swords and helmets. Drawing on the latest discoveries and augmenting textual evidence with archaeological detail, this is a vivid picture of the Vikings at home and abroad in an era that laid many of the foundations of the modern world.

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In a very readable narrative, Hall (director of archaeology, York Archaeological Trust, U.K.; The Viking Dig) ably presents Viking civilization, from its origins during the early first millennium C.E. to the final 15th-century settlements in Greenland. He also uses archaeological evidence to refute misconceptions perpetuated by the media (e.g., that Vikings wore horned or winged helmets). Among the hundreds of black-and-white and color illustrations are photographs of archaeological sites, drawings reconstructing Viking ways, color maps, and wonderful, mostly color photographs of Viking antiquities, some of which are fine examples of Viking art. Other features are sidebars with summaries of topics related to each chapter's time period, a gazetteer of where to find Viking archaeological sites and museums, and a time line of Viking history. Hall provides a wonderful introduction to the world of the Vikings, for whom he clearly has a great affinity. Recommended for history collections in public and academic libraries.
—Br. Benet Exton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500290514
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
305,910
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Hall, widely regarded as one of the world’s authorities on the Viking Age, was Director of Archaeology at York Archaeological
Trust, England.

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