Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
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)