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The Vikings [Paperback]

Else Roesdahl , Kirsten Williams , Susan Margeson
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30 April 1998
Far from being just 'wild, barbaric, axe-wielding pirates', the Vikings created complex social institutions, oversaw the coming of Christianity to Scandinavia and made a major impact on European history through trade, travel and far-flung consolidation. This encyclopedic study brings together the latest research on Viking art, burial customs, class divisions, jewellery, kingship, poetry and family life. The result is a rich and compelling picture of an extraordinary civilisation.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 2Rev Ed edition (30 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140252827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140252828
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Else Roesdahl is Reader in Medieval Archaeology at the University of Arhus, Denmark and special Professor in Viking Studues at the University of Nottingham. In 1988 she was awarded the Soren Gyldendal Prize for the Danish edition of THE VIKINGS.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding introduction to the Viking age 3 May 1999
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This must rate as one of the best introductions to the Viking era ever written. It covers the basics of all aspects of Viking society from use and problems of sources of evidence, through dress, language and literature, social and politcal structures, religion, ending with the Viking expansion. All the subjects are in concise and easy well titled chapters of around four pages long. After reading this introduction you would be well prepared for either advancing onto more detailed and specialised papers and books, or the information gained would give you a good understanding of the age from a general knowledge perspective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An allround viking-book 30 Aug 2010
This is a really good book if you want some basic knowledge on a lot of different topics within the viking topic.
The author clearly knows her vikings, and although some statements are not entirely accurate, not much archaeology is.

You get to learn about ships, politics, religion, trade, cultivation, travelling and much, much more.
I would recommend this book to people interested in vikings - but with only little or a basic knowledge about vikings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 1 May 2008
This book is wonderful, not only does it tell about the important deterministic aspects of the Viking age. But it also tells you the smaller aspects such as the colthes they wore and they brooches they created. I have read many viking books and never before been so interested in what the historian ad to say.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vikings Revealled 29 Oct 2009
At times a somewhat dry read, this text nevertheless offers a comprehensive and engaging insight into Viking history and society, dispelling myths and revealling Viking culture as a very human phenomenon. The colour of the original manuscript may have been diluted through translation as this work reads much like an essay, but the fascinating content overcomes this. Recommended as a readable text to provide a reasonably broad understanding of the period of the Vikings and their relationship to subsequent north-west European cultures.
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Provides an excellent overview of Viking history with detail of trade, life, customs and exploration.
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