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The Norsemen in the Viking Age

ISBN: 978-1-4051-4964-8
396 pages
July 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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This history of the Nordic peoples in the period 750-1050 focuses on their homelands and colonies, demonstrating the fluidity and incoherence of the world in which they lived.
  • Considers the Nordic peoples in Viking times without undue recourse to developmental theories.
  • Guides readers through some of the scholarly controversies surrounding these peoples.
  • Illustrated by reference to runic, poetic and archaeological evidence.
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    List of Maps.

    List of Abbreviations.

    Introduction:.

    Vikings.

    Their Age.

    The Aim.

    1. Individuals.

    2. Families.

    3. Communities and Associations.

    4. Districts and Territories.

    5. Peoples.

    6. Politics.

    7. War.

    8. Work.

    9. Emigration.

    10 Past.

    11. Present.

    12. Future.

    Postscript: Modern Research.

    Appendixes:.

    A: Dynastic Identities.

    B: Dates.

    C: Weights and Measures.

    D. Thegns.

    References.

    Index.
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    Eric Christiansen was born in 1937 and educated in England. He is a Fellow Emeritus of New College, Oxford. His publications include The Origins of Military Power in Spain (1967), The Northern Crusades (Second Edition, 1996) and translations of Saxo Grammaticus books X-XVI (1980-81), Sven Aggesen (1992) and Dudo of St Quentin (1998).
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    • Considers the Nordic peoples in Viking times without undue recourse to developmental theories.
    • Guides readers through some of the scholarly controversies surrounding these peoples.
    • Illustrated by reference to runic, poetic and archaeological evidence.
    See More
    "This is an interesting, often informative and provocative book." The Medieval Review

    "[A] thought-provoking survey of, and engagement with, the whole gamut of Viking-age activities and resulting scholarship." Saga Book


    "This book is an absolute delight, a quirky, hard-hitting potpourri to be dipped into and savoured by anyone even remotely interested in the period … Altogether this is a lively, provocative and stimulating book, strongly recommended to anyone with interest in early medieval Europe or indeed any reader seeking entertainment." History July 2007

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