Author: Gwyn Jones
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
View: 8349'What a superb book this is! Wise, well-informed, judicious and infinitely readable.' -Magnus Magnusson, Scotsman'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.' -Erik Wahlgren, Scandinavian Studies'A highly readable history.' -Oxford Time'no better book on the Vikings has ever been written, and it is one which every educated person with any interest in history should know about... Readers will be delighted to discover the eloquent and sparkling prose of a natural Welsh bard and storyteller who was one of the shining lights of University College, Cardiff. The man writes beautifully. There are not many history books one can pick up and start reading anywhere just for the sheer enjoyment of literary craftsmanship and even fewer as authoritative as this.' -Lloyds List 13/04/1994
Author: Peter Sawyer
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
View: 3583Covers the different geographical areas of the Viking world, and traces the Viking story from the first raids on isolated coastal communities toward the end of the eighth century to the establishing of permanent settlements
A Very Short Introduction
Author: J. D. Richards
Publisher: Oxford University Press
View: 3140Highlighting the latest archaeological evidence, Julian Richards reveals the whole Viking world: their history, society and culture, and their expansion overseas for trade, colonization, and plunder.
Author: Shahrukh Husain,Bee Willey
Publisher: Evans Brothers
Category: Mythology, Norse
View: 9410The stories are set in context by the use of colour panels throughout the text, highlighting further information about the characters, settings or historical context.
Author: Katherine Holman
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
View: 3893This book provides a comprehensive work of reference for people interested in the vikings, including entries on the main historical figures involved in this dramatic period, important battles and treaties, significant archaeological finds, and key works and sources of information on the period. It also summarizes the impact the vikings had on the areas where they traveled and settled. There is a chronological table, detailed and annotated bibliographies for different themes and geographical locations, and an introduction discussing the major events and developments of the viking age.
Author: Anders Winroth
Publisher: Princeton University Press
View: 2385The Vikings maintain their grip on our imagination, but their image is too often distorted by myth. It is true that they pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But they also settled peacefully and traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships to explore. The Age of the Vikings tells the full story of this exciting period in history. Drawing on a wealth of written, visual, and archaeological evidence, Anders Winroth captures the innovation and pure daring of the Vikings without glossing over their destructive heritage. He not only explains the Viking attacks, but also looks at Viking endeavors in commerce, politics, discovery, and colonization, and reveals how Viking arts, literature, and religious thought evolved in ways unequaled in the rest of Europe. The Age of the Vikings sheds new light on the complex society, culture, and legacy of these legendary seafarers.
Author: Else Roesdahl
Publisher: Penguin UK
View: 1733Far from being just 'wild, barbaric, axe-wielding pirates', the Vikings created complex social institutions, oversaw the coming of Christianity to Scandinavia and made a major impact on European history through trade, travel and far-flung consolidation. This encyclopedic study brings together the latest research on Viking art, burial customs, class divisions, jewellery, kingship, poetry and family life. The result is a rich and compelling picture of an extraordinary civilisation.
Essays on Depictions of the Nordic Middle Ages
Author: Kevin J. Harty
Category: Performing Arts
View: 1097Factual and fanciful tales of the Nordic warriors known as Vikings have proven irresistible to filmmakers for nearly a century. Diverse, prominent actors from Kirk Douglas, Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier to Tim Robbins and John Cleese, and noted directors, including Richard Fleischer, Clive Donner and Terry Jones, have all lent their talents to Viking–related films. These fourteen essays on films dealing with the Viking era discuss American, British and European productions. Analyzed in detail are such films as The Vikings (1958), The Long Ships (1964), Alfred the Great (1969), Erik the Viking (1989) and Outlander (2008), as well as two comic-strip adaptations, the 1954 and 1989 films of Prince Valiant and the animated Astérix and the Vikings (2006). A comprehensive filmography is also included.
Author: F. Donald Logan
View: 4332Completely updated to include important primary research, archaeological findings and debates from the last decade, this third edition of F. Donald Logan's successful book examines the Vikings and their critical role in history. The author uses archaeological, literary and historical evidence to analyze the Vikings' overseas expeditions and their transformation from raiders to settlers. Focusing on the period from 800–1050, it studies the Vikings across the world, from Denmark and Sweden right across to the British Isles, the North Atlantic and the New World. This edition includes: a new epilogue explaining the aims of the book updated further reading sections maps and photographs. By taking this new archaeological and primary research into account, the author provides a vital text for history students and researchers of this fascinating people.
- What You Need to Explore, Conquer, and Succeed as a Leader in Dark Ages
Author: Jan Kallberg
Publisher: Jan Kallberg
View: 1242The Vikings were formidable adopters to the Dark Ages and were able to reach their strategic goals - land and wealth - and without losing their freedom or individualism they were able to build effective collective action to acquire what they wanted. The Vikings' approach to deal with uncertainty and turn it around so the risk becomes an opportunity has a relevant message in the today's economy and in the events of the future. Globalization is one of the major challenges of our age but it is not a new phenomenon. The Dark Ages had a shift of powers, uncertainty, and a resurfaced notion of a larger world that set the stage for the later explorations of Marco Polo, Vasco da Gama, and Columbus. The world was no longer your river or your valley. It had continents and oceans. These far and remote lands were a trading opportunity and a danger if their armies and fleets suddenly appeared on the horizon. The Viking had the ability to balance the need for individual freedom and unified collective action with the mutual benefits for everyone involved in an era that was unpredictable and uncertain where things could change fast and in a violent way. The leadership principles of the Vikings are crucial to understand how to optimize an organization to face the challenges of the uncertain and volatile global economy that lies ahead. The Vikings had a unique approach to leadership that inspired, maximized, and utilized the opportunities that led Iron Age farmers to embark on a voyage in to the unknown and beyond - from Scandinavia to North America and as far as Central-Asia and Baghdad. Todays corporate approaches of dealing with volatility and uncertainty are not viable routes to success, because they are reactive, rigid, and driven by an accumulated knowledge of the past. The leadership principles of the Vikings, and their management of volatility and uncertainty, instead focuses on an understanding of the future, the unknown and how to instantly adapt to any change in ones environment.
Author: T. D. Kendrick
Publisher: Courier Corporation
View: 3300Enthralling, well-documented, and vivid account by a leading authority on the subject chronicles the activities of those bold sea raiders of the North who terrorized Europe from the 8th to the 11th centuries.
Author: Marianne Vedeler
Publisher: Oxbow Books
View: 7811The analysis of silk is a fascinating topic for research in itself but here, focusing on the 9th and 10th centuries, Marianne Vedeler takes a closer look at the trade routes and the organization of production, trade and consumption of silk during the Viking Age. Beginning with a presentation of the silk finds in the Oseberg burial, the richest Viking burial find ever discovered, the other silk finds from high status graves in Scandinavia are discussed along with an introduction to the techniques used to produce raw silk and fabrics. Later chapters concentrate on trade and exchange, considering the role of silk items both as trade objects and precious gifts, and in the light of coin finds. The main trade routes of silk to Scandinavia along the Russian rivers, and comparable Russian finds are described and the production and regulation of silk in Persia, early Islamic production areas and the Byzantine Empire discussed. The final chapter considers silk as a social actor in various contexts in Viking societies compared to the Christian west.
Author: John Malam
Publisher: Evans Brothers
Category: Civilization, Viking
View: 7026New in paperback, Remains to be Seen is a fascinating series which looks at the past through the archeological evidence that remains today. Exploring the Vikings looks at who the Vikings were, at their world and how they spent their time, as well as their travels, their voyages of discovery and their rituals and religion. There are fact boxes which highlight key facts and the text is supported by a wonderful array of photographs and maps. Exploring the Vikings also features a time-line, a glossary and a full index.
Records, Memorials, and Myths
Author: Raymond Ian Page
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
View: 3145Chronicles of the Vikings defines the social values of the Viking Age, their heroic view of life which sometimes contrasts with their more prosaic way of looking at things.