A magisterial history of the Vikings that fully reflects the extraordinary geographical range of their activities, from Newfoundland in the west to Baghdad in the east
The violent and predatory society of Dark Age Scandinavia left a unique impact on the history of medieval Europe. From their chill northern fastness, Norse warriors, explorers, and merchants raided, traded, and settled across wide areas of Europe, Asia, and the North Atlantic from the late 8th to the mid-11th century. This history narrates their story region by region, focusing on places where key events were played out, from the sack of Lindisfarne in 793 to the murder in Iceland in 1241 of the saga-writer Snorri Sturluson. Such episodes are fascinating in themselves, but also shed crucial light on the nature of Viking activity—its causes, effects, and the reasons for its decline. In 800 the Scandinavians were barbarians in longboats bent on plunder and rapine; by 1200, their homelands were an integral part of Latin Christendom. John Haywood tells, in authoritative but compellingly readable fashion, the extraordinary story of the Viking Age.
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John Haywood is an expert on the history of Dark Age Europe. His many books include Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, The New Atlas of World History, The Penguin Atlas of the Vikings, and Viking: The Norse Warrior's [Unofficial] Manual.Review:
'Looks at the evolution of civilisations in Scandinavia, with a sprinkling of mythology thrown in for good measure ... Haywood aims to give the reader a full picture of the Viking Age' History of War. 'Haywood has made this period of history accessible to all' All About History. 'Fascinating and authoritative' The Westmorland Gazette.
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