A History of the Vikings

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - History - 504 pages
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"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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Interesting book about the Norseman. They were better business man than previously though as well as fearsome warrior plus including details about the bleak landscape of the frigid north of Europe in place such as Norway and Sweden as well as Denmark. Read full review

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Contents

From the Beginnings to the Age of Migrations
17
The Legendary History of the Swedes and the Danes
34
THE VIKING KINGDOM TO THE CLOSE OF THE TENTH CENTURY
57
The Scandinavian Community I Diversity and Unity
59
The Historical Traditions of Norway to 950
78
Denmark to the Death of Gorm the Old
97
Denmark and Norway from the Accession of Harold Bluetooth to the Death of Olaf Tryggvason c 9501000
118
THE VIKING MOVEMENT OVERSEAS
143
THE VIKING AGE ENDS
313
The Scandinavian Community II Culture and Image
315
Svein Forkbeard Saint Olaf and Knut the Great
354
The Viking Kingdoms to the Death of Harald Hardradi 1066
387
Appendixes
417
Runes
419
The Danelaw
421
A Rus ShipBurial on the Volga
425

The Scandinavian Community II Aspects of Society
145
Causes of the Viking Movement Overseas
182
The Movement South and SouthWest to 954 the British Isles the Frankish Empire the Mediterranean
204
The Movement East The Baltic Lands Russia Byzantium
241
The Movement West Iceland Greenland America
269
Supplementary Booklist 1984
430
Select Bibliography
431
Index
445
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Gwyn Jones is Emeritus Professor of English Language and Literature, University College, Cardiff

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