The Vikings: A Very Short Introduction

The Vikings: A Very Short Introduction

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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 them to 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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Author(s)
Julian D. Richards
Format
Paperback | 168 pages
Dimensions
111 x 174 x 1mm | 139g
Publication date
01 Dec 2006
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication City/Country
Oxford, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition
Revised
Edition Statement
Revised edition
Illustrations note
numerous maps and halftones
ISBN10
0192806076
ISBN13
9780192806079
Bestsellers rank
90,453