Ships and Men in the Late Viking Age: The Vocabulary of Runic Inscriptions and Skaldic Verse

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Boydell & Brewer, Jan 1, 2001 - History - 330 pages
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ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW: A timely and impressive work, which will be indispensable to all students of Viking Age history and literature. - E. Christiansen The Vikings were the master mariners and ship-builders of the middle ages: their success depended on these skills. Spectacular archaeological finds of whole or partial ships, from burial mounds or dredged from harbours, continue to give new and exciting evidence of their practical craftsmanship and urge to seek new shores. The nautical vocabulary of the Viking Age, however, has been surprisingly neglected - the last comprehensive study was published in 1912 and was heavily dependent on post-Viking Age sources. Far better contemporary sources from the later Viking Age are available to document the activities of men and their uses of ships from c.950-1100, and Judith Jesch undertakes in this book the first systematic and comparative study of such evidence. The core is a critical survey of the vocabulary of ships and their crews, of fleets and sailing and battles at sea, based on runic inscriptions and skaldic evidence from c.950-1100. This nautical vocabulary is studied within the larger context of 'viking' activity in this period: what that activity was and where it took place, its social and military aspects, and its impact on developments in the nature of kingship in Scandinavia.JUDITH JESCH is Reader in Viking Studies at the University of Nottingham, and author of Women in the Viking Age.
  

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Contents

Rocks and Rhymes
1
Viking Activities
44
Viking Destinations
69
Ships and Sailing
119
The Crew the Fleet and Battles at Sea
180
Group and Ethos in War and Trade
216
Kings and Ships
266
Works cited
277
The runic corpus
295
Index of words and names
317
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About the author (2001)

Jesch is Reader in Viking Studies at the University of Nottingham

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