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The Viking World (Routledge Worlds) [Kindle Edition]

Stefan Brink , Neil Price
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Filling a gap in the literature for an academically oriented volume on the Viking period, this unique book is a one-stop authoritative introduction to all the latest research in the field.

Bringing together today’s leading scholars, both established seniors and younger, cutting-edge academics, Stefan Brink and Neil Price have constructed the first single work to gather innovative research from a spectrum of disciplines (including archaeology, history, philology, comparative religion, numismatics and cultural geography) to create the most comprehensive Viking Age book of its kind ever attempted.

Consisting of longer articles providing overviews of important themes, supported by shorter papers focusing on material of particular interest, this comprehensive volume covers such wide-ranging topics as social institutions, spatial issues, the Viking Age economy, warfare, beliefs, language, voyages, and links with medieval and Christian Europe.

This original work, specifically oriented towards a university audience and the educated public, will have a self-evident place as an undergraduate course book and will be a standard work of reference for all those in the field.

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‘Editors Brink and Price are to be commended for coordinating this impressive volume. The book is large and learned, intended as a reference work for scholars and serious students of Scandinavia in the Viking Age. Lay readers with a keen interest in the Vikings will also wish to have this reference work, not only for the wealth of information, but also because the articles are well written by noted scholars. The articles are often wide-ranging, and the breadth given to the various topics covered is impressive … Indispensable for scholars of the Middle Ages who wish to expand their course offerings by teaching courses on the Viking age, or for scholars and students who wish to do research in this field.’CHOICE

'The publishers, editors and individual authors are to be commended for producing a volume that is generally thorough, readable and valuable, and that will undoubtedly have a long life both as a standard work of reference and as a beacon guiding further research into the Viking phenomenon.' Saga-Book

About the Author

Stefan Brink is Professor of Scandinavian Studies and Director of Centre for Scandinavian Studies at the University of Aberdeen.

Neil Price is Associate Professor of Archaeology, Conservation, and Historical Studies at Oslo University, and Docent in Archaeology at The University of Uppsala, Sweden.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8212 KB
  • Print Length: 742 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415333156
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge (31 Oct. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OFIDP4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #509,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative and oh, so fascinating 16 Nov. 2011
By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER
744 glorious pages full of the Vikings and every thinkable aspect of their world ... who could want for more? Seriously, my only regret is that it's taken me so long to find this book.

This is a gathering of more than 50 papers under various main themes, written by some of the most authoritative writers in their various fields - the sub-themes cover:
People, society and social institutions
Living space
Technology and trade
Warfare and weaponry
Pre-Christian religion and belief
Language, literature and art
The British Isles
Continental Europe and the Mediterranean
The Baltic
Russia and the east
The North Atlantic
The coming of Christianity
The development of nation states

The 49 papers allow for a reader to dip in and out, to research; or to read a few papers at a time; allowing time to absorb this material at their own pace.

This is not a book for someone who has little to no knowledge of the Vikings or medieval Scandinavia and its surroundings. If you're looking for an introduction to the Vikings, you can't go past The Vikings by Else Roesdahl, and The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings by Peter Sawyer. But if you have the required level of knowledge and understanding, this is a book that will delight with its revelations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Viking World 16 Nov. 2013
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I agree wholeheartedly with the previous review. This is an excellent book, covering all aspects of the Viking age. I'm using it for my senior honours year in a history degree, so again I agree with the previous reviewer, and also agree with his recommendation for a introductory read on the subject. However, I would say that this book in general, despite the in-depth academic treatment of the subject, is still a straight forward and enjoyable read. I would recommend purchasing the hard copy as opposed to the kindle. Although bulky the hard copy is easier to search through the chapters. The way the kindle is set up makes searching awkward. I've used both, a library hard copy, and purchased the kindle version. That is my only regret of my purchase, stick with the proper book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book on the Viking World 11 Mar. 2014
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By bringing together short essays by the experts in each field, eg Hall on York, this book comprehensively covers all aspects of the Viking age. The bibliography on each chapter alone is worth its weight in hacksilver. The only element lacking is the recent genetic evidence which seems to suggest eg widescale Danish settlement in eastern and northern England and a greater Russian involvement than was known 5 years ago.
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