This authoritative new survey of Viking history and culture tells the complete story of the Vikings from their origins in Scandinavia during the first millennium AD, through the incredible period of raiding, trading and settling known as the Viking Age, to their last surviving settlements in 15th-century Greenland. Drawing on the very latest discoveries and augmenting textual evidence with fine archaeological detail, this sweeping narrative, written by a leading authority, creates a vivid picture of the Vikings at home and abroad in an era that laid many of the foundations of the modern world.
Table of Contents
I. Who Were the Vikings?; II. Viking Life and Culture; III. Raiders and Invaders; IV. Invaders and Settlers; V. New Found Lands; VI. Expressions of Identity: Religion and Art; VII. The Later Viking Age; VIII. The End and After; IX. Nationalists, Romantics, Madmen and Scholars.
Richard Hall is Director of Archaeology at York Archaeological Trust. He led the excavations of Viking Age York, and helped to devise the world-famous Jorvik Viking Centre there. He is one of the foremost experts on the Viking world, and his many books include The Viking Dig and Viking Age York.