Viking Empires

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Cambridge University Press, May 5, 2005 - History - 447 pages
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Viking Empires is a definitive new history of five hundred years of Viking civilization and the first study of the global implications of the expansion, integration, and reorientation of the Viking World. From the first contact in the 790s, the book traces the political, military, social, cultural and religious history of the Viking Age from Iceland to Lithuania. The authors show that it is no longer possible to understand the history of the Norman Conquest, the successes of David I of Scotland, or German settlement in Poland, Prussia and the Baltic States without integrating the internal history of Scandinavia. The book concludes with a new account of the end of the Viking era, arguing that there was no sudden decline but only the gradual absorption of the Scandinavian kingdoms into the larger project of the crusades and a refocusing of imperial ambitions on the Baltic States and Eastern Europe. The authors, experts in Scottish history, medieval studies, and law, have taught a course on Viking history to undergraduates at the University of Aberdeen for a number of years.
  

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Contents

Viking raiders Scandinavian kingdoms and the wider world
1
The beginnings
7
First contact England and the continent
54
Ireland and Scotland
81
A water world
118
Conquest and integration c 9501260
170
The Second Viking Age in England c 9701066
184
The Irish Sea
217
Orkney and Shetland
265
Crossing the North Atlantic
299
Sailing the North Atlantic
328
Scandinavia and European integration reform and rebirth
352
Conclusions
393
Bibliography
401
Index
426
Copyright

Scotland and the Vikings
241

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About the author (2005)

Frederik Pedersen is Lecturer in History at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of Marriage Disputes in Medieval England (2000).

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