|Statement||by T. D. Kendrick ; with 28 illustrations and 28 maps.|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xi, 412 p. :|
|Number of Pages||412|
Lars Brownworth's "The Sea Wolves" is a nice introduction to the Vikings. The strength of the book is that it aims at a general audience, refusing to get bogged down in scholarly disputes (some of which are noted in passing, others of which are passed over silently)/5(). He covers the origins of the Scandinavians in pre-history through the Norman Conquest of England in CE. His discussions are broad and encyclopedic, covering political history, explorations, art, religion, and the daily life of the people. I found the book to be an excellent complement to Kenneth Harl’s Teaching Company Course, The Vi/5. If one is looking for a quick-hit history of the Vikings, this is the book for them. Clements does a good job condensing the age of Viking exploration, conquest, and settlement into a fast-paced book. Viking influence existed before the sacking of monasteries in Ireland and continued beyond the Battle of Hastings in /5. The book covers the history of the Danelaw, the conquest of Normandy, and the role the Normans would later play in English history, the Kievan Rus and their links to Byzantium, the raids carried out in Muslim Spain, the settlement of Iceland, Greenland, and the gradual conversion of the Scandinavians to Christianity/5().
Ferguson attempts a comprehensive history of the Viking Age (roughly 's C.E. to 11 C.E.) as various groups engage in piracy, the slave trade, exploration, and conquering. He separates the chapters by the areas the Viking raiders engaged. While this perspective split keeps us geographically clear, it makes a linear narrative almost impossibl/5. Better known for the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers and The Book of Were-Wolves, Baring-Gould, like many educated Victorians, harboured a passion for the Old Norse-Icelandic sagas. In , at the ISBN: These include the earliest pieces of history written by Vikings themselves in the form of a 12th-century history of Iceland, the Íslendingabók, and the Landnámabók, an account of the original settlement of the island (with the names of each of . From around A.D. to the 11th century, a vast number of Scandinavians left their homelands to seek their fortunes elsewhere. These seafaring warriors–known collectively as Vikings or Norsemen.
For me, this was by far the best history of the Vikings i have read. From the get go, the author drives the story forward in a historical way, covering the start of the Viking era as we know it, with the attack on the monastery at Lindesfarne, to the last major Viking battle at . Books shelved as history-vikings: The Age of the Vikings by Anders Winroth, The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings by Lars Brownworth, The Vikings and. Vikings were the Norse people from southern Scandinavia (in present-day Denmark, Norway and Sweden) who from the late 8th to late 11th centuries raided and traded from their Northern European homelands across wide areas of Europe, and explored westward to Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland. In modern English and other vernaculars, the term also commonly includes the . The Vikings and the British Isles: 9th - 10th century: The coasts of the British isles are now dotted with monasteries, not yet rich by the standards of medieval monasticism but with sufficient wealth to attract Viking marauders. One of the most famous islands, Iona, is raided three times in a decade (in , and ).