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? `War-wolves keen in hungry quest', according to later tradition, who lived and died by the sea and the sword? Or were they unusuallysuccessful merchants, extortionists, and pioneer explorers? This book, by leading international scholars, considers the latest research and presents a compelling picture of the Vikings and their age. Excavations as far apart as Dublin and Newfoundland, York and Kiev, provide fascinating archaeological evidence, expertly interpreted in this extensivelyillustrated book. Its chapters cover the different geographical areas of the Viking world, and trace the Viking story from the first `hit-and-run' raids on isolated coastal communities towards the end of the eighth century to the establishment of permanent settlements and their interaction withlocal culture. The Viking heritage and the different uses it was put to in subsequent centuries by, amongst others, the Romantic movement in literature, Scandinavian immigrants to the American Mid-west, and the Nazis is further explored in a fascinating chapter. From sagas to shipbuilding technology, from funeral rituals to fur-trading, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings offers a comprehensive and absorbing overview of Viking activity and the Viking legacy.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1997
ISBN: 9780198205265
0198205260
Branch Call Number: 948.022 Oxf 3558
Characteristics: xv, 298 p. :,ill. (some col.), col. photos
Additional Contributors: Sawyer, Peter

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toddschirm
Feb 28, 2011

Great pictures, yet the authors seem to have very little logic. Up, down, here there. The authors either didn't take time to plan out what they wrote because they wern't paid enough, or they just didn't care.

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