Vikings: Culture and Conquest / Edition 1

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In the Late Eighth Century, wider Europe knew little of the Scandinavians. Less than a hundred years later - from Dublin to Seville, from the Baltic to Constantinople, from Paris to Baghdad - few people could claim ignorance of them. For almost three hundred years, pirate warbands and eventually great armies sailed out of Scandinavia in their longships to wreak havoc across the known world. These were the Vikings and for them violence and theft were a way of life. Economies were ruined, kingdoms laid waste, empires shattered. Even as the centuries progressed and the Vikings grew rich and turned away from their pagan gods to accommodate themselves in the commerce and culture of Christendom, their violence was unabated. From Russia to North America, the Vikings founded new settlements, discovered new lands and opened up new trade routes. Much of the political map of modern Europe was drawn during the Viking Age.

In this latest study of this turbulent period, recent scholarship from a wide range of specialist fields has been brought together to cast fresh light on the Vikings: their values, their art, their maritime genius and their extraordinary adventures.

About the Author:
Martin Arnold is Senior Lecturer in Old Norse-Icelandic Studies at Hull University. He is author of The Post-classical Icelandic Family Saga

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847251909
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,405,758
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Arnold is Professor of Scandinavian Literature at Hull University. He is the author of The Vikings (Continuum, 2006).

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Table of Contents




1 The Viking Age 1

2 Society and Religion 27

3 Battle on Land and at Sea 57

4 England, Ireland and Wales, 789-900 79

5 England, Ireland and Wales, 900-1070 103

6 Scotland and the Orkneys 131

7 Western Europe 147

8 Russia and the East 165

9 Atlantic Explorations and Settlements 191

Appendix 215

Notes 217

Bibliography 227

Index 233

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