The Vikings A History

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  • Copyright: 9/28/2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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The Viking Age effectively began in 793 with an attack on the monastery at Lindisfarne. "The church of St. Cuthbert is spattered with the blood of the priests of God," fumed the Northumbrian cleric Alcuin. Adventurers who roamed from Constantinople to the new world, conquerors of England, settlers of Russia, the medieval Scandinavians never lose their capacity to fascinate. As the Vikings roamed, their influence spread, from their ingeniously designed longboats to their stormy pantheon of gods and goddesses. Robert Ferguson combines his own expertise with the latest archaeological evidence to create a superb portrait of the Vikings, a people whose profound impact has made them a compelling subject since that first fateful raid on Lindisfarne. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Robert Ferguson is a leading authority in the field of Scandinavian studies. A resident of Norway, Ferguson has also published biographies of Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Mapsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Oseberg Shipp. 9
The culture of northern Heathendomp. 20
The causes of the Viking Agep. 41
'The devastation of all the islands of Britain by the Heathens'p. 58
The Vikings in the Carolingian empirep. 83
Across the Balticp. 108
The Danelaw I: Occupationp. 132
The settlement of Icelandp. 154
Rollo and the Norman colonyp. 174
The master-builder: Harald Bluetooth and the Jelling Stonep. 196
The Danelaw II: Assimilationp. 216
When Allah met Odinp. 245
A piece of horse's liver: The pragmatic Christianity of Håkon The Goodp. 263
Greenland and North Americap. 280
Ragnarök in Icelandp. 298
St Brice, St Alphege and the Wolf: The fall of Anglo-Saxon Englandp. 325
The Viking saintp. 348
Heathendom's last bastionp. 364
Notesp. 383
Indexp. 421
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