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The exploring the world of the Vikings

Author: R A Hall
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2007.
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Here is the complete story of the Vikings from their origins in Scandinavia during the early first millennium AD, through the incredible period of raiding, trading, and settling known as the Viking Age and the huge impact that the Vikings had on the course of European history, to the last surviving Viking settlements in fifteenth-century Greenland. The book explores Viking life and culture in detail, from their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R A Hall
ISBN: 9780500051443 0500051445
OCLC Number: 166413798
Description: 240 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Who were the Vikings? --
Who and what was a Viking? --
Cradle of the Vikings --
Before the Vikings --
Scandinavia and the Roman Empire --
New signs of power --
Political mergers : the rise of the regions --
The Viking age : an outline history --
2. Viking life and culture --
The peoples of Scandinavia --
Viking women --
Costume and appearance --
At home with the Vikings --
Crafts and technology --
Ships : catalyst of the Viking world --
Trade --
Viking towns --
3. Raiders and invaders --
The Viking warrior --
Targets and tactics --
Vikings in Frisia --
The Carolingian heartlands --
The 'great heathen army' in England --
Ship-bases in Ireland --
The Scottish enigma --
Uninviting Wales? --
Iberia, North Africa and the Mediterranean --
4. Invaders and settlers --
Vikings in the East --
The settlement of England --
Irish Vikings in Northwest England --
Jorvik : the Viking age city of York --
The Welsh experience --
Phase two in Ireland --
The Viking age city of Dublin --
Settlers in Scotland and the Northern Isles --
Innse Gall : Vikings in the Western Isles --
Coming to the nub : the Isle of Man --
Normandy. 5. New found lands --
The Faeroe Islands --
The settlement of Iceland --
Greenland --
Further west : Vinland --
6. Expressions of identity : religion and art --
A pagan world --
Art and craft mysteries --
7. The later Viking age --
The cult of kings at Jelling --
King Harald's power bases --
Svein Forkbeard's invasions of England --
Cnut's Anglo-Scandinavian empire --
Town life in Scandinavia --
8. The end and after --
Harald Hardraada and the last of the Vikings --
Lost Kingdoms in the West --
Ending the earldom in the Northern Isles --
From Norsemen to Anglo-Normans in Ireland --
From feuds to feudal Iceland --
Greenland : extinct/exterminated/exited? --
9. Nationalists, romantics, madmen, and scholars --
Rediscovering the Vikings in their colonies --
Rediscovering the Vikings in their homelands --
Meanwhile in America --
The Vikings : past, present and future --
Gazetteer.
Responsibility: Richard Hall.

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