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The Vikings: A History
 
 
Author
Robert Ferguson.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780143118015
Pages/Publication Date 451/2010
Daedalus Item Code 38665
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The Viking age effectively began in 793 with an attack on the monastery at Lindisfarne. "The church of St. Cuthbert is spattered with the blood of the priests of God," fumed the Northumbrian cleric Alcuin. Raiders and traders, settlers and craftsmen, the medieval Scandinavians who have become familiar to history as Vikings ruled Norway, Sweden, and Denmark but roamed as far as Byzantium, Greenland, and America. From Harald Bluetooth to Cnut the Great, from ingeniously designed longboats to a stormy pantheon of Viking gods and goddesses in Valhalla, radio dramatist and literary biographer Robert Ferguson guides us through what he calls "the treacherous marches which divide legend from fact in Viking Age history." His book, a fine companion volume to the History Channel series Vikings, combines Ferguson's long familiarity with the literary culture of Scandinavia and skaldic poetry with recent archaeological discoveries to reveal a sweeping picture of the Norsemen.

"Ferguson adds another layer to our perception of our origins in this compelling and often poignant account of a pagan warrior society faced with Christianity on the march."Independent (London)

 
 
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