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Far from being just "wild, barbaric, ax-wielding pirates," the Vikings created complex social institutions, oversaw the coming of Christianity to Scandinavia, and made a major impact on European history through trade, travel, and far-flung colonization. This encyclopedic study brings together wide-ranging research on Viking art, burial customs, class divisions, jewelry, kingship, poetry, and family life, and, in this revised edition, recent discoveries. The result is a rich and compelling picture of an extraordinary civilization that flourished for three hundred years, well into the eleventh century.

Synopsis:

An encyclopedic study bringing together the latest research on Viking art, burial customs, class divisions, jewellery, kingship, poetry and family life with a view to assessing the Viking's impact on European history. Originally published in 1991 by Allen Lane. In the PENGUIN PRESS HISTORY series.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [302]-315) and indexes.

About the Author

Else Roesdahl is Professor in Medieval Archaeology at the University of Århus, Denmark, and Special Professor in Viking Studies at the University of Nottingham, England.

Table of Contents

Picture Credits

Acknowledgements

Preface

Maps

INTRODUCTION

The Allure of the Vikings

THE VIKING AGE AND ITS SOURCES

The Study of the Viking Age

Written sources – Place-names – Archaeological finds

SCANDINAVIA

Geography, Nature and Culture

Norway – Sweden – Denmark

The People

Dress – Jewellery – Houses and feasting

Language, Writing and Personal Names

Society

Slaves – The free – Women, sexual roles and children – Rules of conduct

Kings and Kingdoms

Accession to the throne and personal power – Royal power – Political developments

Travel, Transport and Ships

Travel on land – Winter transport – Ships and sailing

Livelihood and Settlement

Denmark – Sweden and Norway – Ohthere from Halogaland

Exchange, Silver and Merchandise

Exchange of goods – Silver and coins – Goods

Trade and Towns

Hedeby – Birka – Kaupang – Other trading stations and towns

Fortifications, Weapons and Warfare

Ramparts, fortresses and sea-barriers – The Danevirke – Royal fortresses – Weapons and warfare

The Old and the New Religion

The old faith – Conversion – The introduction of Christianity

Art and Poetry

Decorative and pictorial art – Poetry

THE EXPANSION

Background and Beginnings

The Mainland of Western Europe

Historical events – Archaeological evidence and the significance of the expeditions – Normandy

Scotland and the Isle of Man

Ireland

The Vikings in Ireland – The excavations in Dublin

England

Exploitation, conquest and settlement – The Scandinavians in England – New expeditions and conquests – Cnut the Great and afterwards

Iceland, the Faroes, Greenland and America

The settlement of Iceland – The Faroes – Colonists in Greenland and travels to America

The Baltic Region, Russia, Byzantium and the Caliphate

Across the Baltic – Towards the glories of the East – The great riverways and the memorials

CONCLUSION

The World of the Vikings

Notcs on the Translation

Bibliography

Indexes

LIST OF FIGURES AND MAPS

1 Europe and neighbouring regions

2 Southern Scandinavia

3 Scandinavia and the Baltic region

4 Graffiti from the Oseberg ship, Norway

5 Rune-stone ornament from Tullstorp in Skane, Sweden

6 Principles of dendrochronology

7 Ornament from the Tjangvide stone, Gotland, Sweden

8 Small bronze and silver figures from Sweden

9 Reconstruction of male and female dress

10 Reconstruction of a town house from Hedeby, Germany

11 The runic alphabet: the fupark

12 Burial with master and slave from Stengade, Denmark

13 Rune-stone ornament from Ledberg, Sweden

14 Rune-stone ornament from Lund, Sweden

15 Jarlabanke's causeway in Taby, Sweden

16 Reconstruction of two warships from Skuldelev, Denmark

17 Reconstruction of two cargo ships from Skuldelev, Denmark,

18 Plan of Vorbasse village, Denmark

19 Scandinavian coins

20 Plan of the town of Hedeby and its surrounding

21 The Danevirke border wall

22 Plans of Danish royal fortresses: Trelleborg, Fyrkat and Aggersborg

23 Royal building works in tenth-century Denmark

24 Thor's fishing expedition depicted on the Altuna stone, Sweden

25 Male grave with grave-goods from Birka, Sweden

26 Plan of the Jelling monuments, Denmark

27 Rune stone from Froso, Sweden

28 Sigurd Fafnisbani, from runic monument at Ramsund, Sweden

29 Ornament of mount from Broa, Gotland, Sweden

30 Ornament on the Jelling cup, Denmark

31 Viking warrior on the Middleton cross, England

32 Western Europe

33 Frankish mount found in Denmark

34 Normandy

35 Scotland and the Isle of Man

36 The Kingdom of Man

37 Thorleif's cross, Isle of Man

38 Ireland

39 Reconstruction of a Dublin street

40 The movements of the Viking army in England 865–79

41 England

42 Scandinavian parish names in England

43 The North Atlantic region

44 Plan of buildings at L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada

45 The Mervalla rune stone, Sweden

46 Viking pendants from Gnezdovo, Russia, and disc from Carwitz, Germany

47 Rune-stone ornament from Nora, Sweden

LIST OF PLATES

1 Satellite photograph of Scandinavia and the Baltic

2 The Oseberg ship during excavation, Norway

3 Household utensils from Oseberg, Norway

4 Head of helmeted Viking from Sigtuna, Sweden

5 Egg of a human intestinal parasite, from York

6 The Hon hoard, Norway

7 Iron extraction area at Mosstrand, Norway

8 Weapons from Norway

9 Birka, Sweden

10 Glasses from Birka graves

11 Burial mounds at Borre, Norway

12 Jelling rune stones, Denmark

13 Reconstruction of a Fyrkat house, Denmark

14 Trelleborg fortress, Denmark

15 Picture stone from Hammars in Larbro, Gotland, Sweden

16 Thor's hammer pendant from Bredsatra, Oland, Sweden

17 Cross pendant from Trondheim, Norway

18 Christ on the Jelling stone, Denmark

19 Borre style: mounts from Borre and Gokstad, Norway

20 Jelling style: cup and mounts from Jelling, Denmark

21 Mammen style: axe from Mammen, Denmark

22 Ringerike style: stone from St Paul's, London

23 Urnes style: portal from Urnes Church, Norway

24 Viking burial at Westness, Orkney

25 Hogback grave stones from Brompton, England

26 Cuerdale silver hoard, England

27 Manuscript drawing of King Cnut and Emma, England

28 Brattahlid in Greenland

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140252828
Author:
Roesdahl, Else
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Margeson, Susan
Author:
Williams, Kirsten
Author:
Skov, Kalle
Author:
Brondsted, Johannes
Location:
London ;
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Europe - Scandinavia
Subject:
Scandinavia
Subject:
Denmark
Subject:
Vikings
Subject:
Northmen
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Revised
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.75x5.05x.73 in. .56 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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