Vikings and Their Age

ISBN-10: 1442605227

ISBN-13: 9781442605220

Edition: 2nd 2013

Authors: Angus A. Somerville, R. Andrew McDonald

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The Vikings and Their Ageoffers a quick overview of the chronology and major themes of the Viking period. Written in an accessible manner, it also provides a great introduction to some of the most interesting and significant figures in Viking lore, such as Harald Bluetooth, Eirik the Red, Leif Eiriksson, and Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir, a female Viking traveller. Insights and evidence from such diverse disciplines as archaeology, philology, linguistics, and genetics are provided. The companion includes a case study in reading and interpreting Viking history, a timeline, maps, images, and text boxes that highlight additional, interesting information throughout (e.g. explanations of Viking names, the description of a chieftain's dwelling in Arctic Norway, and archaeological evidence of Viking raids).
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List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 3/27/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Angus A. Somervilleis Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University.

R. Andrew McDonald is Professor in the Department of History at Brock University.

List of Illustrations
List of Text Boxes
The Viking Age: An Overview
Who Were the Vikings?
When and What Was the Viking Age?
Viking Age or Viking Ages?
Scandinavian Roots
Causes of the Viking Expansion
Viking Ships: A Catalyst of the Viking Age
Gokstad and Oseberg Ships, Norway
The Skuldelev Ships, Denmark
"Sudden and unforeseen attacks of Northmen": The First Viking Age-Raiding and Reconnaissance
"The heathens stayed": The Second Viking Age-Conquest and Settlement
The Viking Road to the East
Into the Western Ocean: The North Atlantic Saga
Merchants and Mercenaries
The End of the Viking Age
The Vikings in the Courtroom of History: Terrorists, Tourists, Others
Society and Religion in the Viking Age
Formation of States
The Special Case of Iceland
Early Religion and Belief
The Principal Gods of Norse Mythology and Their World
Viking Biographies
Egil Skallagrimsson (ca 910-990): Warrior, Mercenary, Poet
Harald Bluetooth, King of Denmark (r. ca 958-987)
Olaf Tryggvason, King of Norway (r. 995-1000)
Harald Hardradi, King of Norway (r. 1047-66): The "Hard-Ruler"
Eirik the Red and Leif Eiriksson: Explorers of the North Atlantic (ca 980-1000)
Gudrid Thorbjarnardaughter (fl. ca 1000): A Far-Traveled Viking Woman
Unn the Deep-Minded (fl. ca 900): Unparalleled among Women
Svein Asleifarson (d. ca 1171): The Last Viking?
How Do We Know about the Vikings?
Scandinavian Sources
Ohthere and Wulfstan (ca 871-899)
Vikings in European and Eastern Sources
Alcuin's Letter to King Athelred of Northumbria, 793
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Late Ninth Century
The Battle of Maldon and The Battle of Maldon: Records of a Viking Raid
Adam of Bremen: History of the Archbishops of Hamburg-Bremen, ca 1015
Arabic Sources on the Vikings
Later Medieval Icelandic Sources
The Sagas of Icelanders
Kings' Sagas
Contemporary Sagas
Bishops' Sagas
Legendary Sagas
Short Story
Icelandic Historical Texts
The Art of Poetry
Kinds of Old Norse Poetry
Eddie Poetry
The Poetic Edda
The Delivery of Viking Age Poetry
A Case Study Exercise: The Wandering Monks of Saint Philibert
From the First Book of Miracles
From the Second Book of Miracles
Afterword: Viking Impacts and Legacies
Questions For Reflection
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