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A History of the Vikings

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An illustrated study of the northern peoples and kingdoms of Ireland, Greenland, Britain, and Christian Europe and their culture, society and livelihood. Illustrations.
A History of the Vikings
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"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."— Scandinavian Studies
The subject of this book is the Viking realms, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, their civilization and culture, and their many sided achievements at home and abroad.
A highly readable narrative follows the development of these Northern peoples—the Nordmenn—from their origins and the legendary pre-history to the military triumphs of Canute and the defeat of Harald Hardr di at Stamford Bridge in 1066, which symbolically ended the Viking age.
The book recounts the Vikings' exploits in war, trade, and colonization: the assault on Western Christendom; the trading and military ventures to the Slav and Muslim worlds and to Byzantium; and the western voyages of discovery and settlement to Greenland, Iceland, and America.
Numerous photographs, maps, and drawings contribute to Gwyn Jones's rounded portrait of Viking civilization and vividly evoke the importance in their culture of religion, art, and seafaring.
Gwyn Jones is Emeritus Professor of English Language and Literature, University College, Cardiff
PART 1 - THE NORTHERN PEOPLES TO AD 700 ; 1. THE SCANDINAVIAN COMMUNITY, I: DIVERSITY AND UNITY ; PART 3 - THE VIKING MOVEMENT OVERSEAS ; PART 4 - THE VIKING AGE ENDS
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
'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.' Scandinavian StudiesThe subject of this book is the Viking realms, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, their civilization and culture, and their many sided achievements at home and abroad. A highly readable narrative follows the development of these Northern peoples -
the Nordmenn - from their origins and the legendary pre-history to the military triumphs of Canute and the defeat of Harald Hardrádi at Stamford Bridge in 1066, which symbolically ended the Viking age. The book recounts the Vikings' exploits in war, trade, and colonization: the
assault on Western Christendom; the trading and military ventures to the Slav and Muslim worlds and to Byzantium; and the western voyages of discovery and settlement to Greenland, Iceland, and America. Numerous photographs, maps, and drawings contribute to Gwyn Jones's rounded portrait of Viking civilization and vividly evoke the importance in their culture of religion, art, and seafaring.
`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
This book is justifiably considered THE study of the Vikings' history and culture
Viking civilization is one of the most frequently studied early civilizations - it also exerts a strong fascination for non-scientists.
Jones's study is wide-ranging, covering all major aspects of Viking life
Author
Gwyn Jones
Short Title
HIST OF THE VIKINGS 2/E
Pages
552
Language
English
Edition
2nd
ISBN-10
0192801341
ISBN-13
9780192801340
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
948
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2001
Publication Date
2001-05-31
Imprint
Oxford Paperbacks
Place of Publication
Oxford
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Replaces
9780192851390
Birth
1907
Audience
General/Trade
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
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