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The Vikings
Author: Marjolein Stern

ISBN: 9781743792520
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1 August 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 28.3 x 24.5
Description:
The impact of the Vikings is impossible to overstate. A people apparently condemned to a marginal existence in the remote wastes of Dark Age northern Europe, they burst onto an unsuspecting continent with extraordinary consequences. Initially they were pirates and raiders of astounding ferocity. In a matter of decades, they had laid waste to much of the coastal British Isles and had penetrated deep into France, threatening to snuff out for good an emerging Christendom.

They launched raids against Muslim Iberia and then into the Mediterranean. They pushed east across the Baltic and from there south along the river systems of western Russia to the Black Sea and Byzantium, establishing themselves as traders and slavers. They discovered and exploited sea-routes deep into the North Atlantic—to the Faroes, to Iceland and Greenland, and finally to America itself. They initiated routes of oceanic exploration that would be unmatched until Columbus five centuries later.

This book, accessible and vivid, sheds new light on the Viking Age. It examines their gods and belief systems, their technological advances, thei...

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