The Viking Age: A Reader

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Russell Andrew McDonald, Angus A. Somerville
University of Toronto Press, 2010 - History - 503 pages
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Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, and tracing the astonishing development of the Viking age from the first foreign raids to the rise and fall of empires, this comprehensive reader is essential to an understanding of Viking history. Chroniclers record European horror in the face of the Viking onslaught. An Arab diplomat gives a gripping account of an encounter with Norsemen in Russia. Great warriors and kings of the period are heralded in Skaldic poetry. With unusual power, saga literature narrates the lives of Norse women and men at home and abroad. Brief introductions contextualize the translations and all unfamiliar terms are explained in the body of the text, making this an extremely readable and user-friendly introduction to the Viking age.
  

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Contents

the sCandinavian hoMelands
1
sCandinavian soCietY
17
a gliMPse of ninthCentuRY
41
eaRlY Religion and Belief
75
11
92
14
98
King harald gormsson and the landspirits
104
the living dead
114
Ketil flatnose and his descendants in the hebrides
290
earl sigurd and the establishment of the earldom of orkney
291
Runic inscriptions from Maes howe Mainland orkney
293
Runic inscriptions from the isle of Man
294
Rollo obtains normandy from the King of the franks
295
austRveg the viKing Road to
301
61
309
62
316

woMen in the viKing age
125
divorces from the sagas
149
viKing waRRioRs and theiR
159
weapons
170
fjoRdseRPents viKing shiPs
193
King olaf tryggvason Builds the Long Serpent
194
harald sigurdarsons splendid ship
195
King sverrirs Mariasud
197
the great ships of King hakon iv
198
animal heads on the Prows of ships
201
seaBattles in the sagas
202
b olaf tryggvason at the Battle of svold
204
c Rognvald and thorfinn the Mighty fight it out in the orkneys
214
d earl Rognvald Kali in the Mediterranean
217
e the Battle offimreite norafjord 1184
221
sudden and unfoReseen attaCKs of noRthMen
227
on the Causes of the viking expansion
228
viking Raids on england 7898501
230
alcuins letter to King athelred 793
232
an english gospel Book Ransomed from the vikings
235
the Martyrdom of Blathmac 825
240
irish Resistance to the norsemen
242
franks and vikings 800829
245
the northmen in france 843865
252
the annals of stvast 882886
262
an account of the siege of Paris 885886
267
vikings in the iberian Peninsula
269
a ibn alKutia
270
b ibn adhari
271
the heathens staYed fRoM Raiding to settleMent
273
viking activities in england 851900
274
the vikings in ireland 845917
282
65
325
sailing directions and distances in the north atlantic
331
skallagrims landtake in iceland
343
adam of Bremen on vinland
349
thorfinn Karlsefni in vinland
355
fRoM odin to ChRist
397
the Conversion of the danes under harald Bluetooth
398
olaf tryggvason and the Conversion of norway
400
a Poet abandons the old gods
408
the Christianization of norway under saint olaf
409
the Conversion of the icelanders
417
the Conversion of greenland
419
the Conversion of orkney
420
Christianity in sweden
421
Christianity and the Church in norway
422
the travels of King sigurd jerusalemfarer
423
stateBuilding at hoMe and aBRoad
433
harald finehair and the unification of norway
434
the jelling stone
439
unification and expansion
441
Knut the great and the north sea empire
444
the earldom of orkney at its zenith
457
the end of the viKing age
463
the Battle of Clontarf 1014
464
the Battle of stamford Bridge 1066
471
the decline of the earls of orkney
479
the Battle of largs 1263
484
advice from odin
491
souRCes
495
indeX of toPiCs
499
indeX of authoRs and souRCes
502
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R. ANDREW McDONALD is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Fine Arts at the University College of Cape Breton.

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