The Vikings: A History (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Nov 25, 2009 - History - 464 pages
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A comprehensive and thrilling history of the Vikings for fans of the History Channel series

From Harald Bluetooth to Cnut the Great, the feared seamen and plunderers of the Viking Age ruled Norway, Sweden, and Denmark but roamed as far as Byzantium, Greenland, and America. Raiders and traders, settlers and craftsmen, the medieval Scandinavians who have become familiar to history as Vikings never lose their capacity to fascinate, from their ingeniously designed longboats to their stormy pantheon of Viking gods and goddesses, ruled by Odin in Valhalla. Robert Ferguson is a sure guide across what he calls "the treacherous marches which divide legend from fact in Viking Age history." His long familiarity with the literary culture of Scandinavia with its skaldic poetry is combined with the latest archaeological discoveries to reveal a sweeping picture of the Norsemen, one of history's most amazing civilizations.

Impeccably researched and filled with compelling accounts and analyses of legendary Viking warriors and Norse mythology, The Vikings is an indispensable guide to medieval Scandinavia and is a wonderful companion to the History Channel series.
  

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Contents

ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THE NOTES
CHAPTER 1 THE OSEBERG SHIP
CHAPTER 2 THE CULTURE OF NORTHERN HEATHENDOM
CHAPTER 3 THE CAUSES OF THE VIKING AGE
CHAPTER 4 THE DEVASTATION OF ALL THE ISLANDS OF BRITAIN BY THE HEATHENS
CHAPTER 5 THE VIKINGS IN THE CAROLINGIAN EMPIRE
CHAPTER 6 ACROSS THE BALTIC
OCCUPATION
HARALD BLUETOOTH AND THE JELLING STONE
ASSIMILATION
CHAPTER 12 WHEN ALLAH MET ODIN
THE PRAGMATIC CHRISTIANITY OF HÅKON THE GOOD
CHAPTER 14 GREENLAND AND NORTH AMERICA
CHAPTER 15 RAGNARÖK IN ICELAND
THE FALL OF ANGLOSAXON ENGLAND
CHAPTER 17 THE VIKING SAINT

CHAPTER 8 THE SETTLEMENT OF ICELAND
CHAPTER 9 ROLLO AND THE NORMAN COLONY
CHAPTER 18 HEATHENDOMS LAST BASTION
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About the author (2009)

Robert Ferguson began his literary career as a radio dramatist, translating and adapting for radio works by Knut Hamsun and Henrik Ibsen for the BBC. His first literary biography was Enigma: The Life of Knut Hamsun, which was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Best Biography Award. As well as literary biographies, Ferguson has written two novels, published in Norwegian.

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