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Ingimund's Saga: Norwegian Wirral Hardcover – 24 Nov 2006

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Countyvise Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (24 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901231607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901231601
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 929,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Harding DSc Oxford (b. Wirral, 1955) is an expert on Macromolecules (proteins, carbohydrate polymers and DNA) and the methodologies used to see how they behave in solution. Trained by the man who discovered hydrogen bonds in DNA (JM Creeth), he instigated the DNA survey of NW England looking for Viking ancestry in the old population, working with colleagues at Leicester University and engaging heavily with the public & heritage organisations. He is a member of the "Saving Oseberg" Reference Group, contributing his expertise in complex carbohydrate characterisation in helping save one of Norway's national treasures. He was recently honoured by King Harald V.

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An in-depth look at the Viking settlers from Norway who arrived on the Wirral peninsula. 1100 years ago a group of Viking settlers from Norway arrived somewhere between Vestri-Kirkjubur (West Kirby) and Melr (Meols) on the shores of north Wirral - a small peninsula lying between the Rivers Dee and Mersey - having been driven out of Ireland. This initiated a mass migration of their fellow countrymen into the area and soon they had established a community with a clearly defined border, its own leader, its own language, a trading port, and at its center a place of assembly or government - the Thing at A ingvollr (Thingwall). This community was answerable to nobody else: the English, the Welsh, the Dublin Norse, the Isle of Man, Iceland, and not even Norway. The Wirral Norse settlement therefore satisfied all the criteria of an independent, self-governing Viking State - albeit a mini one!This book, written by Wirral-exile and scientist Steve Harding, is about these people, why they left Norway, where they settled, their religion, their pastimes - such as horse-racing at Irby and rock-climbing at Wallasey - and the legends that have been attributed to them - including the awesome Thor's Stone at 'Thorsteinn's farmstead'.

Wirral was also probably witness to one of the greatest battles in the history of the British Isles - Brunanburh.

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Format: Hardcover
This is a book written by a man who just loves Vikings and his home area of the Wirral. Like many he fantasises about being descended of Vikings but the reality, as he knows from his profession, is that many of us in Britain have Viking DNA, as well as a healthy mix of every other culture that invaded, and settled our shores.

A truly boring and tenuous read. Avoid like the original Vikings.
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