The Sea Wolves : A History of the Vikings
by Lars Brownworth
Editor: Crux Publishing
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In AD 793 Norse Norse warriors hit the English of the island of Lindisfarne and to ruinWave after wave after wave of Norse “sea-wolves”, followed in search of loot, land, or glorious death in combatMany of the British Isles fell before their swords, and the mainland area of the capitals of Paris and Aachen were laid off in turn.Turning to the east, they swept away by the uncharted rivers of Central Europe, captured Kiev and clashes with the mighty Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.But there’s more to Viking history than brutal force.They were responsible for the law – the term itself comes from an old Nordic word – and they introduced a new form of jury trial for England.They were also sophisticated traders and explorers who settled in Iceland, founded in Dublin, and established a trading network that extended from Baghdad to the coast of North America.In The Sea of the Wolves, Lars Brownworth brings epic poets, heroes and travelers to the life of this extraordinary Nordic world through the stories of the great Viking figures.Among others, Leif the Lucky Leif who discovered a new world, Ragnar Lodbrok the plague of France, Eric Bloodaxe who reigned in New York, and the astute Harald Hardrada enlighten the saga of the Viking age – a time that “left us, and cultivated dark under the cover of the night”.”
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