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The Vikings: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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The Viking reputation is one of bloodthirsty seafaring warriors, repeatedly plundering the British Isles and the North Atlantic throughout the early Middle Ages. Yet Vikings were also traders, settlers, and farmers, with a complex artistic and linguistic culture, whose expansion overseas led them to cross the Atlantic for the first time in European history. Highlighting the latest archaeological evidence, Julian Richards reveals the whole Viking world: their history, their culture, and their legacy of overseas expansion for trade, colonization, and plunder. Viking identity is explored through what we have learned about their towns, art, shipbuilding, and religious rituals. Here the Viking story is brought up to the present, from the tales of adventure found in medieval Icelandic sagas, to their exploitation as a symbol of nationalism in the nineteenth century by Wagner, and later by Hitler and the Nazi party. The author also highlights their impact and influence on the history and people of Northern Europe. Vikings, a fascinating new look at a people and culture that have been reinvented throughout history, will take readers closer to discovering who they really were.

About the Author

Julian Richards is Professor of Archaology at the University of York, and co-director of the Centre for Medieval Studies. He specialises in the archaeology of Anglo-Saxon and Viking Age England, and has directed several excavations of Viking settlements, including the only Viking cremation cemetery in the British Isles. Previous publications include Viking Age England (Tempus, 2000).

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

1. Vikings then and now

2. Early Scandinavian kingdoms

3. Pagans and Christians

4. Changes in the countryside

5. Towns and trade

6. Across the ocean: ships and seafaring

7. Expansion overseas

8. Vikings in England

9. Raiders and settlers around the Irish Sea

10. Vikings and Picts: genocide or assimilation?

11. Landnám in the North Atlantic

12. The edge of the world: Greenland and North America

13. Re-inventing the Vikings

Further reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192806079
Author:
Richards, Julian D.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Julian D.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Europe - Scandinavia
Subject:
Scandinavia
Subject:
Vikings
Subject:
History, World | European
Subject:
Europe History 476-1492.
Subject:
World History-Scandinavia
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Series Volume:
137
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 halftones, 3 line illus.
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
6.88x4.42x.41 in. .32 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Archaeology » Vikings
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History and Social Science » World History » Northern Europe
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