The Vikings: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | September 26, 2005

byJulian D. Richards

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The Viking reputation is 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 themto cross the Atlantic for the first time in European history. Highlighting the latest archaeological evidence, Julian Richards reveals the whole Viking world: their history, society and culture, and their expansion overseas for trade, colonization, and plunder. We also look at the Viking identity, through their artistic expression, rune stones, their ships,and their religion. The Viking story is also brought up to date, by examining their legacy from the medieval Icelandic sagas to 19th Century nationalism, Wagner, and the Nazis.

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The Viking reputation is 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 themto cross the Atlantic for the first time in ...

Julian Richards is Professor of Archaeology 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 publ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.4 inPublished:September 26, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of illustrations1. Vikings then and now2. Early Scandinavian kingdoms3. Pagans and Christians4. Changes in the countryside5. Towns and trade6. Across the ocean: ships and seafaring7. Expansion overseas8. Vikings in England9. Raiders and settlers around the Irish Sea10. Vikings and Picts: genocide or assimilation?11. Landnam in the North Atlantic12. The edge of the world: Greenland and North America13. Re-inventing the VikingsFurther readingIndex