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The Vikings : A Brief History Of The Last Pagans Or The First Modern Europeans? - Jonathan Clements

The Vikings

A Brief History Of The Last Pagans Or The First Modern Europeans?

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'From the Fury of the Northmen deliver us, O Lord'.

Between the eighth and eleventh centuries, the Vikings surged from their Scandinavian homeland to trade, raid and invade along the coasts of Europe. Their influence and expeditions extended from Newfoundland to Baghdad, their battles were as far-flung as Africa and the Arctic.

But were they great seafarers or desperate outcasts, noble heathens or oafish pirates, the last pagans or the first of the modern Europeans?

This concise study puts medieval chronicles, Norse sagas and Muslim accounts alongside more recent research into ritual magic, genetic profiling and climatology. It includes biographical sketches of some of the most famous Vikings, from Erik Bloodaxe to Saint Olaf, and King Canute to Leif the Lucky.

It explains why the Danish king Harald Bluetooth lent his name to a twenty-first century wireless technology; which future saint laughed as she buried foreign ambassadors alive; why so many Icelandic settlers had Irish names; and, how the last Viking colony was destroyed by English raiders.

Extending beyond the traditional 'Viking age' of most books, A Brief History of the Vikings places sudden Scandinavian population movement in a wider historical context. It presents a balanced appraisal of these infamous sea kings, explaining both their swift expansion and its supposed halt. Supposed because, ultimately, the Vikings didn't disappear - they turned into us.

About the Author

Jonathan Clements is the author of Pirate King, Moon in the Pines and Confucius: A Biography. He lives in London and Jyvaskyla.

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    History books can often be written in a dry and boring way, this is not one of them.lt gave me a good overall view from the beginning to the end of the viking age and the first page was as good as the last page.I lent it to my mother who also enjoyed it.

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      Comments about A Brief History of the Vikings:

      Do you love anything about Vikings? Well this book is for you ,I would even go to say its a wonderful foundation for those that wish to know more about The Vikings. The book provides us, the readers, with lists of Rulers along with maps and family trees during the Viking Age. The Book contains an easy to use appendix and has some great photos . It is a great read seeing that I consider myself to be a viking fanatic, and not only that I will be keeping this one in my library for years to come.

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        To understand some of my Scandinaviian heritage has been really rewarding; putting it into context with the history of Britain was truly revealing - thoroughly enjoyable

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        Introduction : Britannia Deserta : the Dark Agesp. 1
        Songs of Valkyries : myths and legends of Scandinaviap. 15
        Fury of the Northmen : from the first raids to Harald Bluetoothp. 48
        Great heathen hosts : highlands, islands, Ireland and Englandp. 66
        Brother shall fight brother : Harald Fairhair and sonsp. 81
        The road east : Vikings, Russians and Varangiansp. 98
        Advent of the white Christ : from Harald Greycloak to Olaf Crowbonep. 116
        Beyond the edge of the world : Iceland, Greenland and Vinlandp. 137
        London Bridge is falling down : from Svein Forkbeard to Olaf the Stoutp. 160
        The thunderbolt of the North : the life and legends of Harald the Ruthlessp. 186
        Children of Thor : one thousand years laterp. 214
        Rulers during the Viking agep. 230

        ISBN: 9781845290764
        ISBN-10: 1845290763
        Series: A Brief History of
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 273
        Published: 15th September 2005
        Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
        Country of Publication: GB
        Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 2.2
        Weight (kg): 0.248
        Edition Number: 1