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Viking pirates and Christian princes : dynasty, religion, and empire in the North Atlantic

Author: Benjamin Hudson
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In popular imagination, the Vikings are remembered as fierce warrior seamen who campaigned through Western Europe, terrorizing British, Frankish, and Irish societies. Yet is it possible that the great Viking armies left more in their wake than carnage and destruction? The stories of two families - the Olafssons, who transformed a pirate camp in Ireland into the Kingdom of Dublin, and the Haraldssons, whose rule
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Hudson
ISBN: 0195162374 9780195162370
OCLC Number: 718028169
Description: XIV, 278 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Two rivers and the origins of Olaf Cuaran --
2. Battle, marriage, and empire --
3. Pirate kings of the islands --
4. Sitric Silkenbeard --
5. From Dublin to England and Norway --
6. The brief ascendancy of the Haraldssons --
7. The contest for supremacy in the Irish Sea --
8. Lords of the Isles.
Responsibility: Benjamin Hudson.

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This book studies two Viking families who appear in the records of the Atlantic littoral as pagan raiders and reinvent themselves as established Christian rulers. Their rise and transformation from  Read more...

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[Hudson's] reassessment of Sitric Silkenbeard's achievement is particularly convincing and will need to be taken into account by all future students of King Cnut's confederation...This work offers Read more...

 
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