A History of the Vikings

Paperback | May 1, 2001

byGwyn Jones

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'An utterly splendid book, quite the most brilliantly written, balanced, and explanative general work on the Vikings ever to appear in English or in any language.' Scandinavian StudiesThe subject of this book is the Viking realms, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, their civilization and culture, and their many sided achievements at home and abroad. A highly readable narrative follows the development of these Northern peoples - the Nordmenn - from their origins and the legendary pre-history to the military triumphs of Canute and the defeat of Harald Hardradi at Stamford Bridge in 1066, which symbolically ended the Viking age. The book recounts the Vikings' exploits in war, trade, and colonization: the assault on Western Christendom; the trading and military ventures to the Slav and Muslim worlds and to Byzantium; and the western voyages of discovery and settlement to Greenland, Iceland, and America. Numerous photographs, maps, and drawings contribute to Gwyn Jones's rounded portrait of Viking civilization and vividly evoke the importance in their culture of religion, art, and seafaring.

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'An utterly splendid book, quite the most brilliantly written, balanced, and explanative general work on the Vikings ever to appear in English or in any language.' Scandinavian StudiesThe subject of this book is the Viking realms, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, their civilization and culture, and their many sided achievements at home an...

Gwyn Jones is Emeritus Professor of English Language and Literature, University College, Cardiff

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.22 inPublished:May 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192801341

ISBN - 13:9780192801340

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Table of Contents

Part 1 - The Northern Peoples to AD 7001. From Beginnings to the Age of Migrations2. The Legendary History of the Swedes and the DanesPart 2 - The Viking Kingdoms to the Close of the Tenth Century1. The Scandinavian Community, I: Diversity and Unity2. The Historical Traditions of Norway to 9503. Denmark to the Death of Gorm the Old4. Denmark and Norway from the Accession of Harald Bluetooth to the Death of Olaf TryggvasonPart 3 - The Viking Movement Overseas1. The Scandinavian Community, II: Aspects of Society2. Causes of the Viking Movement Overseas3. The Movement South and South-West to 954: the British Isles, the Frankish Empire, the Mediterranean4. The Movement East: The Baltic Lands, Russia, Byzantium5. The Movement West: Iceland, Greenland, AmericaPart 4 - The Viking Age Ends1. The Scandinavian Community III: Culture and Image2. Svein Forkbeard, Saint Olaf, Knut the Great3. The Viking Kingdoms to the Death of Harald Hardradi, 1066

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`no better book on the Vikings has ever been written, and it is one which every educated person with any interest in history should know about ... Readers will be delighted to discover the eloquent and sparkling prose of a natural Welsh bard and storyteller who was one of the shining lights ofUniversity College, Cardiff. The man writes beautifully. There are not many history books one can pick up and start reading anywhere just for the sheer enjoyment of literary craftsmanship and even fewer as authoritative as this.'Lloyds List 13/04/1994