This book looks at the activities of the Vikings in the Irish Sea, a band of water that has been important since prehistoric times in the history of maritime cultural exchange between Britain and Ireland as well as the Scandinavian ...
Author: David Griffiths
Publisher: History PressLtd
The only up-to-date and accessible guide to the Vikings over such a wide geographical area. There is surprisingly little available about the Vikings in this area. Fully illustrated, including plans and maps created for this publication.
This collection of papers offers views of the interation and interdependence of Celtic and Norse populations in the the Irish Sea region in the period 800 A.D.-1200 A.D., bringing together the work of historians, archaeologists, art- and ...
This collection of papers offers views of the interation and interdependence of Celtic and Norse populations in the the Irish Sea region in the period 800 A.D.-1200 A.D., bringing together the work of historians, archaeologists, art- and religious-historians and philologists
By the turn of the first millennium A.D., we find ample evidence of Viking presence in both Ireland and Scotland.
Category: History, Ancient
By the turn of the first millennium A.D., we find ample evidence of Viking presence in both Ireland and Scotland. From raids to intermarriages, the Celtic-Scandinavian relationship is a stranger-than-fiction love-hate saga any history buff can appreciate.
This book provides a political analysis of the deeds of Ã varr's family, from their first appearance in Insular records down to the year 1014.
Author: Clare Downham
Publisher: Dunedin Academic PressLtd
Vikings plagued the coasts of Ireland and Britain in the 790s AD. Over time, their raids became more intense and by the mid 9th century, Vikings had established a number of settlements in Ireland and Britain and had become heavily involved with local politics. A particularly successful Viking leader named Ã varr campaigned on both sides of the Irish Sea in the 860s. His descendants dominated the major seaports of Ireland and challenged the power of kings in Britain during the late 9th and 10th centuries. In 1014, the battle of Clontarf marked a famous stage in the decline of Viking power in Ireland while the conquest of England in 1013 by the Danish king Sveinn Forkbeard marked a watershed in the history of Vikings in Britain. The descendants of Ã varr continued to play a significant role in the history of Dublin and the Hebrides until the 12th century, but they did not threaten to overwhelm the major kingships of Britain or Ireland in this later period as they had done before. This book provides a political analysis of the deeds of Ã varr's family, from their first appearance in Insular records down to the year 1014. Such an account is necessary in light of the flurry of new work that has been done in other areas of Viking Studies. Recent theoretical approaches to the subject have raised many interesting questions regarding identity, material culture, and structures of authority. Archaeological finds and excavations have also offered potentially radical insights into Viking settlement and society. In line with these developments, Clare Downham provides a reconsideration of events based on contemporary written accounts.
They are the physical embodiment of the Irish Sea as a contact zone.80 The
coins, and the very idea of minting and using ... had a coin-based economy, but
this characteristic represented a notable exception in the pre-Viking Irish Sea
Author: Joseph Nagy
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
The literary, historical, and linguistic confluence that characterized the Irish-Sea region in the pre-modern period is reflected in the interdisciplinarity of these new research essays, centered on the literatures, languages, and histories of the Irish-Sea communities of the Middle Ages, much of which is still evoked in contemporary culture. The contributors to this collection dive deep into the rich historical record, heroic literature, and story lore of the medieval communities ringing the Irish Sea, with case studies that encompass Manx, Irish, Scandinavian, Welsh, and English traditions. Manannán, the famous travelling Celtic divinity who supposedly claimed the Isle of Man as his home, mingles here with his mythical, legendary, and historical neighbors, whose impact on our image and understanding of the pre-modern cultures of the Northern Atlantic has persisted down through the centuries.
Author: Cambrian Archaeological AssociationPublish On: 1970
This second Viking Age , as it has been called , did not much affect the Irish Sea .
Then , as in the ninth century , Viking raids in that area were generally the work of
men of Norse descent operating from their bases in Ireland and the Isles .
CHAPTER 8 The Irish Sea Olaf Cuarán ruled as king of both Dublin and York .
His intermittent reign at Dublin spanned four decades from 941 to 980 and
witnessed the consolidation of the Norse colonies around the Irish Sea . ? It also
Author: Angelo Forte
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
A definitive history of six hundred years of Viking civilization traces the political, military, social, cultural, and religious history of the Viking world from Iceland to Lithuania.
This book is part of a new series produced by Historic Scotland and Canongate which provides lively, accessible and up-to-date introductions to key themes and periods in Scottish history and prehistory.
Author: Olwyn Owen
Publisher: Birlinn Limited
Initially they came as raiders and traders, but soon they built links with other civilizations and settled among them. They served as mercenaries at the court of Byzantium and discovered America five hundred years before Columbus. They established towns and a network of communications, exploited the riches of the East and explored the uncharted waters of the North Atlantic, colonizing uninhabited or sparsely populated lands on the margins of Europe. And early during this great outpouring of people from the Scandinavian homelands, the Vikings also came to England, Ireland and Scotland. The Sea Road takes the reader on a voyage through Viking Scotland. From Norway in the ninth century, the Vikings travelled to the Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland, and established the Orkney earldom as a powerful base from which they could make inroads into northern and north-east Scotland. Continuing the voyage around the north-west coast of Scotland, the next land-fall is the Western Isles, which the Vikings came to rule as surely as they did the north, and from where their influence was to penetrate into the westerns part of mainland Scotland. Finally, the ever pragmatic Vikings established a base in south-west Scotland and forged links with a mix of peoples in the Irish Sea area. Here the Isle of Man, a Viking kingdom, was pivotal in a cultural crossroads between Ireland, northern England and south-west Scotland. But it was in the north that their influence endured. The Viking Orkney earldom came to be an important player in the politics of the emerging nation of Scotland, and its influence was felt into medieval times and beyond. Even today, the traveler to Orkney and Shetland enters a Scandinavian Scotland. This book is part of a new series produced by Historic Scotland and Canongate which provides lively, accessible and up-to-date introductions to key themes and periods in Scottish history and prehistory.
The sudden appearance of Viking raiders in the Irish Sea was the start of a new
phase in the development of Ireland. ... These were the Vikings who were to
leave such a profound impression on the Irish consciousness that they came to ...
Author: James Lydon
The Making of Ireland by James Lydon provides an accessible history of Ireland from the earliest times. James Lydon recounts, in colourful detail, the waves of settlers, missionaries and invaders which have come to Ireland since pre-history and offers a long perspective on Irish history right up to the present time. This comprehensive survey includes discussion of the arrival of St. Patrick in the fifth century and Henry II in the twelfth, as well as that of numerous soldiers, traders and craftsmen through the ages. The author explores how these settlers have shaped the political and cultural climate of Ireland today. James Lydon charts the changing racial mix of Ireland through the ages which shaped the Irish nation. The author also follows Ireland's long and troubled entanglement with England from its beginning many centuries ago. The Making of Ireland offers a complete history in one volume. Through a predominantly political narrative, James Lydon provides a coherent and readable introduction to this vital complex history.
In Ire— land, the dynasty established by Olafthe White at Dublin in the 8505
played an important role in the history ofIreland and the Irish Sea region for two
centu— ries. In the wake ofsettlement, Irish Vikings were drawn into Irish politics,
Author: Angus A. Somerville
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
This book, the first in our Companions to Medieval Studies series, is a brief introduction to the history, culture, and religion of the Viking Age and provides an essential foundation for study of the period. The companion begins by defining the Viking Age and explores topics such as Viking society and religion. Viking biographies provide students with information on important figures in Viking lore such as Harald Bluetooth, Eirik the Red, Leif Eiriksson, and Gudrid Thorbjarnardaughter, a female Viking traveler. A compelling chapter entitled "How Do We Know About the Vikings?" and a case study on the wandering monks of St. Philibert introduce students to the process of historical inquiry. The book concludes with a discussion of the impact of the Vikings and their legacy. Pedagogical resources include a detailed chronology, study questions, a glossary, 4 maps, and 14 images. Text boxes provide information on outsider perceptions of the Vikings, a detailed account of a Viking raid, and a description of a chieftain's dwelling in Arctic Norway. This study also benefits from a multi-disciplinary approach including insights and evidence from such diverse disciplines as archaeology, philology, religion, linguistics, and genetics.
... Floinn (eds), Ireland and Scandinavia in the Early Viking Age (Four Courts
Press, 1998) H. B. Clarke and R. Johnson (eds), The Vikings in Ireland and
Beyond (Four Courts Press, 2015) D. Griffiths, Vikings of the Irish Sea (The
History Press, ...
Author: Julian D. Richards
Publisher: OUP Oxford
The Viking reputation is of bloodthirsty seafaring warriors, repeatedly plundering the British Isles and the North Atlantic throughout the early Middle Ages. Yet Vikings were also traders, settlers, and farmers, with a complex artistic and linguistic culture, whose expansion overseas led them to cross the Atlantic for the first time in European history. Highlighting 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. We also look at the Viking identity, through their artistic expression, rune stones, their ships, and their religion. The Viking story is also brought up to date, by examining their legacy from the medieval Icelandic sagas to 19th Century nationalism, Wagner, and the Nazis. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Viking. Age. Women. Christina Lee CONTENTS Introduction. ... Place-names too
render some convincing evidence about the longevity of Old Norse names in the Irish Sea region and they can sometimes even give us a glimpse of the people ...
Author: Stephen E. Harding
Publisher: CRC Press
The Viking Age lasted a little over three centuries, but has left a lasting legacy across Europe. These dynamic warrior-traders from Scandinavia, who fought and interacted with peoples as far apart as North America, Russia, and Central Asia, are some of the most recognizable historical figures in the western world. In the modern imagination they represent ruthlessness, heroism, adventurousness, and a unique prestige embellished by the wondrous tales and poetry of the sagas. Yet the sum of evidence for the Viking presence is far less clear than their reputation implies. In Search of Vikings presents a collection of papers from experts in a broad range of disciplines, including history, archaeology, genetics, and linguistics, to provide a detailed understanding of the Vikings in peace and in war. This book focuses on one particularly exciting area of the Viking world, namely the north-west region of England, where they are known to have settled in large numbers. North-west England was the crossroads between Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. It was a battleground for distant powers and dynasties, and its Irish Sea coastline created opportunities for trading and settlement. Silver hoards, burials, and Old Norse place-names attest to the Viking presence, and Scandinavian DNA is detectable amongst the modern population. The 12 integrated studies in this book are designed to reinvigorate the search for Vikings in this crucial region and to provide must-reading for anyone interested in Viking history.
Western Sea and to the Irish coast on their seasonal journeys or on bolder
trading-ventures lasting for two or three years; the sea-port settlements in Ireland
and South Wales became busy marts; the viking chapman became familiar to
Author: T. D. Kendrick
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Enthralling, 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.
When he briefly added Dublin to his domain in the waning years of the century ,
the Irish Sea Vikings gained a few final years of glory . More important , Godred
established his dynasty in one of the few places where they could flourish .
Author: Benjamin T. Hudson
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
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.
One of the many interesting aspects to the economy of the Irish Sea is the variety
of participants . ... 7 As noted , the Vikings deserve much of the credit for the
deliberate creation of an Irish Sea trading zone from Dublin , Waterford , and
Author: Benjamin T. Hudson
Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd
Irish Sea studies, 900â??1200 examines some of the events and personalities round the Irish Sea province at a crucial time in the development of medieval Europe. The Irish Sea had been a meeting ground for commerce, religion, and war throughout centuries, and around the first millennium this region of the North Atlantic became a barometer of the changes that were reshaping the lands of northern Europe. This volume of revised essays looks at political and cultural contact and change throughout the liquid highway between Ireland and Britain, covering topics such as the end of the Viking Age, the collapse of the Old English kingdom, the earliest contacts with the Normans, economic revival and change, and religious reform.
Between these, the upland plateaux of the Cambrian Mountains are intercut by
river valleys radiating in all directions and emptying the abundant rainfall into the Irish Sea and the Bristol Channel. Like Scotland, Wales is bounded on three ...
Author: Bryan Sykes
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Category: Social Science
From the best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve, a perfect book for anyone interested in the genetic history of Britain, Ireland, and America. One of the world's leading geneticists, Bryan Sykes has helped thousands find their ancestry in the British Isles. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts, which resulted from a systematic ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 volunteers, traces the true genetic makeup of the British Isles and its descendants, taking readers from the Pontnewydd cave in North Wales to the resting place of the Red Lady of Paviland and the tomb of King Arthur. This illuminating guide provides a much-needed introduction to the genetic history of the people of the British Isles and their descendants throughout the world.
In the succession of the Dublin Vikings he is assigned a reign of ten years, and
his whole course of conquest seems to have occupied some twenty years (A.D.
1077 to 1098). At length the star of this Viking of the Irish sea paled before the ...
However , a brief overview of other links across the Irish Sea provides a context
in which political events can be interpreted . A large amount of contact between
England and Ireland took place through the medium of trade . The vikings ...
Author: John Gillingham
Publisher: Boydell Press
The sense of a group of scholars sharing work in progress comes over on numerous occasions... a series which is a model of its kind. EDMUND KING, HISTORY
When we move into a discussion of the Irish Sea proper , Dublin is the natural
place to start . Its status as a ... Among the latter are a group of swords and axes
from various rivers , which may indicate battles where the Vikings came by boat .
Author: Michael McCaughan
"These essays range in time from the Viking age to the present day and include studies on trade, shipping, shipbuilding, fishing and smuggling, besides consideration of the geographical context and sources for regional maritime history."--Dust jacket.