The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings

Paperback | January 15, 2001

EditorPeter Sawyer

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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? Or in the words of a Manx folksong 'ware-wolves keen in hungry quest', who lived and died by the sea and the sword. Or were theyunusually successful 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.

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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? Or in the words of a Manx folksong 'ware-wolves keen in hungry quest', who lived and died by the sea and the sword. Or were theyunusually successful merchants, extortionists, and...

Peter Sawyer is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Leeds.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.75 inPublished:January 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192854348

ISBN - 13:9780192854346

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List of Colour PlatesList of MapsNotes on Contributors1. Peter Sawyer: The Age of the Vikings and Before2. Janet L. Nelson: The Frankish Empire3. Simon Keynes: The Vikings in England, ic./i790-10164. Donnchadh O Corrain: Ireland, Wales, Man, and the Hebrides5. Sveinbjorn Rafnsson: The Atlantic Islands6. Thomas S. Noonan: Scandinavians in European Russia7. Niels Lund: The Danish Empire and the End of the Viking Age8. Jan Bill: Ships and Seamanship9. Preben Meulengracht Sorensen: Religions Old and New10. Lars Lonnroth: The Vikings in History and Legend11. Peter Sawyer: The Viking LegacyFurther ReadingChronologyIndex

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