By Jonathan Clements
'From the Fury of the Northmen convey us, O Lord'. among the 8th and 11th centuries, the Vikings surged from their Scandinavian native land to exchange, raid and invade alongside the coasts of Europe. Their impression and expeditions prolonged from Newfoundland to Baghdad, their battles have been as far-flung as Africa and the Arctic. yet have been they nice seafarers or determined outcasts, noble heathens or oafish pirates, the final pagans or the 1st of the fashionable Europeans? This concise learn places medieval chronicles, Norse sagas and Muslim debts along more moderen learn into ritual magic, genetic profiling and climatology. It comprises biographical sketches of a few of the main recognized Vikings, from Erik Bloodaxe to Saint Olaf, and King Canute to Leif the fortunate. It explains why the Danish king Harald Bluetooth lent his identify to a twenty-first century instant know-how; which destiny saint laughed as she buried international ambassadors alive; why such a lot of Icelandic settlers had Irish names; and, how the final Viking colony used to be destroyed through English raiders. Extending past the conventional 'Viking age' of such a lot books, "A short heritage of the Vikings" areas surprising Scandinavian inhabitants circulation in a much wider historic context. It offers a balanced appraisal of those notorious sea kings, explaining either their rapid enlargement and its meant halt. meant simply because, finally, the Vikings didn't disappear: they become us.
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A Brief History of the Vikings by Jonathan Clements