A History of the Vikings
"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 Hardradi 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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Steve.Bivans - LibraryThing
This is a very good overview of the Viking Age. I have used it as a textbook for a couple of college courses. My one critique is that Jones chose to break up the chronology a bit too much, in order to ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - seanvk - LibraryThing
For those seeking to delve deeper into the history of the vikings as well as to learn more about the culture, you would do quite well with this book by Gwyn Jones. I have always wanted to learn more ... Read full review
From the Beginnings to the Age of Migrations
The Legendary History of the Swedes and the Danes
THE VIKING KINGDOM TO THE CLOSE OF THE TENTH CENTURY
The Scandinavian Community I Diversity and Unity
The Historical Traditions of Norway to 950
Denmark to the Death of Gorm the Old
Denmark and Norway from the Accession of Harold Bluetooth to the Death of Olaf Tryggvason c 9501000
THE VIKING MOVEMENT OVERSEAS
THE VIKING AGE ENDS
The Scandinavian Community II Culture and Image
Svein Forkbeard Saint Olaf and Knut the Great
The Viking Kingdoms to the Death of Harald Hardradi 1066
A Rus ShipBurial on the Volga
The Scandinavian Community II Aspects of Society
Causes of the Viking Movement Overseas
The Movement South and SouthWest to 954 the British Isles the Frankish Empire the Mediterranean
The Movement East The Baltic Lands Russia Byzantium
The Movement West Iceland Greenland America