The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings

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Were the Vikings, as contemporary description had it, a "valiant, wrathful, foreign, purely pagan people" who swept in from the sea to plunder and slaughter? Or were they unusually successful merchants, extortionists, and pioneer explorers? This book considers the latest research and presents a picture of the Vikings and their age. Excavations as far apart as Dublin and Newfoundland, York and Kiev, provide fascinating archaeological evidence, interpreted in this illustrated book.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 176 x 240 x 20mm | 762.03g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 24pp colour, 110 b&w illustrations, 16 maps, chronology, index
  • 0192853651
  • 9780192853653

About Peter Sawyer

About the Editor: Peter Sawyer is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Kings and Vikings and Anglo-Saxon Charters.show more

Review Text

Based on contemporary evidence and on the latest research, this gives a balanced account of the Vikings' activities as traders and colonists as well as violent treasure-seekers, and of their interaction with the different cultures they encountered. There are also chapters on their ships, pagan religion and Christian conversion, and on the ways traditions about the Vikings have been used by, among others, historians, patriots, educational reformers and the Nazis. (Kirkus UK)show more

Table of contents

1: Peter Sawyer: The Age of the Vikings and Before; 2: Janet L. Nelson: The Frankish Empire; 3: Simon Keynes: The Vikings in England, c. 790-1016; 4: Donnchadh O'Corrain: Ireland, Wales, Man, and the Hebrides; 5: Sveinbj "orn Rafnsson: The Atlantic Islands; 6: Thomas S. Noonan: Scandinavians in European Russia; 7: Niels Lund: The Danish Empire and the End of the Viking Age; 8: Jan Bill: Ships and Seamanship; 9: Preben Meulengracht S /orensen: Religions Old and New; 10: Lars Lonnroth: The Vikings in History and Legend; 11: Peter Sawyer: The Viking Legacy.show more

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