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Overview


The story of the Vikings is one of the most dramatic in European history. From their base in Scandinavia, Viking warriors and settlers spread across northern Europe, into Russia and across the Atlantic. After their first impact as fearsome raiders, destroying monasteries and plundering coastal settlements, the Vikings turned to conquest in England, Ireland and Normandy. In their longships they also penetrated into the Mediterranean and as far as Byzantium, as well as establishing settlements in Iceland and Greenland and discovering Vinand, or America. This book is a concise and clear survey of who the Vikings were, what they did, why they did it and how we know about them. It includes an account of heir remarkable saga literature and is likely to become a standard work on the subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847251909
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,421,202
  • 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

Illustrations

Introduction

Acknowledgements

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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