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The Viking Age effectively began in 793 with an attack on the monastery at Lindisfarne. 'The church of St. Cuthbert is spattered with the blood of the priests of God.' fumed the Northumbrian cleric Alcuin. Adventurers who roamed from Constantinople to the new world, conquerors of England, settlers of Russia, the medieval Scandinavians never lose their capacity to fascinate. As the Vikings roamed, their influence spread, from their ingeniously designed longboats to their stormy pantheon of gods and goddesses. Robert Ferguson combines his own expertise with the latest archaeological evidence to create a superb portrait of the Vikings, a people whose profound impact has made them a compelling subject since the first fateful raid on Lindisfarne.
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18+
The Viking Age comes alive in this vivid, abundantly illustrated exploration of its people and their world. What kinds of houses did Scandinavians live in? Were they literate? What kinds of clothing did they wear? How did they view death? Filled with a wealth of information on every aspect of the Viking Age, this fascinating and informative book answers these questions and many more. You'll explore all aspects of life, including marriage, settlement conditions, crafts and industries, language, health and medicine, food and drink, boat building, politics, warfare, and sports.
Author: Kirsten Wolf
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.98(d)
Were the Vikings, as contemporary description had it, a 'valiant, wrathful, foreign, purely pagan people who swept in from the sea to plunder and slaughter'? Or in the words of a Manx folksong 'ware-wolves keen in hungrey quest', who lived and died by the sea and the sword? Or were they unusually successful merchants, extortionists, and pioneer explorers?
This book, by leading international scholars, considers the latest research and presents a compelling picture of the Vikings in their age. Excavations as far apart as Dublin and Newfoundland, York, Kiev, provide fascinating archaeological evidence, expertly interpreted in this extensively illustrated book.
Author: Peter Sawyer
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Known for their vicious raids, love of treasure, and fierce warriors, the Vikings were the most feared invaders of the medieval period. For 300 years they terrorized the world but they also created beautiful art, told epic stories, and kept a well-ordered society. Packed with facts, maps, info-graphics, and photos, this is the perfect introduction to the Vikings.
Author: Philip Parker
Publisher: QED Publishing
Publication date: 09/21/2017
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years
Viking marauders in their long ships burst through the defenses of ninth-century Europe, striking terror into the hearts of peasants and rulers alike for two centuries. But the Vikings were more than just marine warriors and this atlas shows their development as traders and craftsmen, explorers, settlers and mercenaries. With over sixty full color maps, it follows the tracks of the Viking merchants who traveled deep into Russia, of Viking mercenaries who served in the emperor’s bodyguard at Constantinople, and Viking mariners who sailed beyond the edge of the known world to North America.
Author: John Haywood
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Product dimensions: 9.72(w) x 7.16(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 18+
In 1893, the Viking, a full-size replica of a Norse Longship, was sailed to Chicago's Columbian Exposition, proving that the Norse could have been the first European explorers in North America. The exploit captured the imagination of the world.
Author: F.L. Watkins
Publisher: Folump Enterprises
Publication Date: 6/2008
Product Dimensions: 5.5(w) x 0.5(h) x 8.5(d)
From the back cover: "'In his book, Rasmus Rasmussen provides a full account of the Viking's journey from Norway to Chicago from a crew-member's point of view. The trip was not without peril and hardship. Their accommodations were crude. The weather, at times, threatened their very lives. Most cities rolled out the red carpet to meet them, but one rolled out the paddy wagon. All together, an informative journal and a delightful read, and one that compels reflection and awe of the exploits of our Viking ancestors.' - Paul A. Anderson, Honorary Norwegian Consul General
'Rasmussen's diary recounts the historic journey made by twelve courageous seamen aboard Viking and includes his personal experiences during and after the Fair. Viking is the first Viking ship to sail in nearly 1000 years, showing the world that Leif Erikson could have reached the New World almost 500 years before Columbus. The Addendum continues the story of Viking and brings the reader up to date on the most recent preservation accomplishments.' - Friends of the Viking Ship, NFP"
Author: R.E. Rasmussen
Publisher: Friends of the Viking Ship, NFP
Publication Date: 2014
Sail back in time to meet the fierce raiders of the North!
Publication date: 02/16/2016
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years
The Vikings' territorial expansion from their Scandinavian homelands across the Atlantic to North America a thousand years ago stands as one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of exploration. Between AD 750 and 1050, seaborne Viking warriors established trade networks reaching from Baghdad to Greenland, introduced Christianity to Scandinavia, and settled the uninhabited North Atlantic islands. In about AD 1000, Leif Eriksson brought his ship to shore in what is today northeastern Canada, becoming the first European to set foot in the New World.
Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga celebrates and explores the Viking Saga from the combined perspectives of history, archaeology, oral tradition, literature, and natural science. The book's contributors chart the spread of marauders and traders in Europe as well as the movement of farmers and explorers throughout the North Atlantic and in the New World. Incorporating a wealth of recent information, this generously illustrated book describes a first-millennium culture far more complex and entrepreneurial than the horned-helmeted raiders of popular imagination.
Author: William W. Fitzhugh and Elizabeth I. Ward
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Product dimensions: 8.52(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.02(d)
For 300 years, from the ninth to the eleventh centuries, the power of the Vikings dominated Western Europe. Their voyaging extended westwards to America and as far south as the Mediterranean and North Africa.
As well as being warriors and accomplished seamen, they were jewelers, sculptors and poets of great skill and originality; the forts, town sites, ships, burial mounds, carved stones, place names, sagas, art and artifacts they left behind substantiate their legendary exploits.
This is a revised and updated edition of James Graham-Campbell's authoritative account of the Viking world, base on recent archaeological research, with an important chapter on ships, shipwrights and seamen from Sean McGrail. The text is complemented by a wealth of illustration, including maps and reconstruction drawings. Photographs, many of them especially commissioned, portray the brilliant products of the Vikings' culture and the beauty and harshness of the natural world they faced.
Author: James Graham-Campbell
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Adult
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Here are thirty-two classic myths that bring the pre-Christian Scandinavian world vividly to life. Gods, humans, and monstrous beasts engage in prodigious drinking bouts, contests of strength, greedy schemes for gold, and lusty encounters. Included are tales of Odin, the wisest and most fearsome of all the gods; Thor, the thundering powerhouse; and the exquisite magic-wielding Freyja. Their stories bear witness to the courage, passion, and boundless spirit that were hallmarks of the Norse world.
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1981
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.01(d)
Norse Mythology explores the magical myths and legends of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Viking-Age Greenland and outlines the way the prehistoric tales and beliefs from these regions that have remained embedded in the imagination of the world.
The book begins with an Introduction that helps put Scandinavian mythology in place in history, followed by a chapter that explains the meaning of mythic time, and a third section that presents in-depth explanations of each mythological term. These fascinating entries identify particular deities and giants, as well as the places where they dwell and the varied and wily means by which they forge their existence and battle one another. We meet Thor, one of the most powerful gods, who specializes in killing giants using a hammer made for him by dwarfs, not to mention myriad trolls, ogres, humans and strange animals. We learn of the ongoing struggle between the gods, who create the cosmos, and the jötnar, or giants, who aim to destroy it. In the enchanted world where this mythology takes place, we encounter turbulent rivers, majestic mountains, dense forests, storms, fierce winters, eagles, ravens, salmon and snakes in a landscape closely resembling Scandinavia. Beings travel on ships and on horseback; they eat slaughtered meat and drink mead.
Spanning from the inception of the universe and the birth of human beings to the universe's destruction and the mythic future, these sparkling tales of creation and destruction, death and rebirth, gods and heroes will entertain readers and offer insight into the relationship between Scandinavian myth, history, and culture.
Author: John Lindow
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/17/2002
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)