A History of the Vikings

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - History - 504 pages
18 Reviews
"An utterly splendid book, quite the most brilliantly written, balanced, and explanative general work on the Vikings ever to appear in English or in any language."-- Scandinavian Studies

The subject of this book is the Viking realms, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, their civilization and culture, and their many sided achievements at home and abroad.
A highly readable narrative follows the development of these Northern peoples--the Nordmenn--from their origins and the legendary pre-history to the military triumphs of Canute and the defeat of Harald Hardrádi at Stamford Bridge in 1066, which symbolically ended the Viking age.
The book recounts the Vikings' exploits in war, trade, and colonization: the assault on Western Christendom; the trading and military ventures to the Slav and Muslim worlds and to Byzantium; and the western voyages of discovery and settlement to Greenland, Iceland, and America.
Numerous photographs, maps, and drawings contribute to Gwyn Jones's rounded portrait of Viking civilization and vividly evoke the importance in their culture of religion, art, and seafaring.

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This was helpful and educational. - Goodreads
The writing is rather dry but what the hell. - Goodreads
... i should have read 'intro to vikings' first. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jaime Contreras - Goodreads

This is one of the oldest andstill best books on the Viking society and world. It has laid the groundwork for many of the later books and is used by many novelists as the reference book on the Nordic people of old. Read full review

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User Review  - Marc Boisseau - Goodreads

Informative but a painful read. Read full review

About the author (2001)


Gwyn Jones is Emeritus Professor of English Language and Literature, University College, Cardiff

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