A History of the Vikings
by Gwyn Jones
Editor: Oxford University Press
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An absolutely magnificent book, quite the most brilliantly written, well-balanced, and explanatory general work on Vikings ever written in English or any language.Scandinavian Studies The object of this book is the Viking kingdoms, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, their civilization and culture, and their numerous achievements at home and abroad.A very readable narrative, the narration follows the development of these peoples from the North Nordmenn – from their origin, and the legend of the pre-history of the triumphant army of Canute, and the defeat of Harald Hardradi at Stamford Bridge in 1066, which symbolically closes the Viking era.The book tells of the Vikings exploits in war, trade and colonization: the assault on Western Christianity; military and commercial enterprises in the Slave and Muslim world and in Byzantium; and from the West of the voyages of discovery and settlement in Greenland, Iceland and America.Numerous photographs, maps, drawings and contribute to Gwyn Jones, rounded portrait of the Viking civilization and living that evoke the importance of their culture, religion, art, and maritime navigation.
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