Synopses & Reviews
Setting sail from Northern Europe during the Dark Ages, the Vikings burst onto an unsuspecting world with extraordinary consequences. This lavish volume, with 15 removable facsimile items, sheds new light on the Viking Age. Discussing everything from Norse gods and belief systems to their technological advances, extraordinary craftsmanship, social organization, and military might, this compelling portrait reveals how Viking imperatives decisively shaped our civilization.
Fifteen items of removable facsimile memorabilia include:
- A plan of a Viking ship
- An extract from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle describing a Viking raid
- Notes and photographs from archeological digs
- Maps showing Viking exploration
Though infamous for their pirating and raiding, active Vikings were actually only a tiny fraction of the total Scandinavian population during the so-called Viking Age. This exploration of their culture goes beyond the myths into the prosaic realities and intimate details of family life; their attitude toward the more vulnerable members of society; their famed longships and extensive travels; and the role they played in the greater community. In addition to images and maps, a timeline lays out Viking history.
About the Author
Marjolein Stern is an expert on the Viking Age and medieval culture and communication. She has written numerous articles on Viking culture and has just completed her PhD on runestone images and visual communication in the Viking Age. She was based at the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age at Nottingham University in the UK, and now works at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Roderick Dale is an archeologist and expert in Scandinavian history, Old Norse language and literature, Viking Age warfare, and the Vikings in popular culture. Roderick has worked with a number of authors as a historical consultant, most recently on Anita Ganeriandrsquo;s Norse Myths and Legends (Raintree Publishing.)