The age of vikings

948 W758a 2015

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The age of vikings

Winroth, Anders

Princeton, NJ Princeton University Press 2014

304 p. illus. 25 cm.

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The Vikings maintain their grip on our imagination, but their image is too often distorted by medieval and modern myth. It is true that they pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But they also settled peacefully and developed a vast trading network. They traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships, not only to raid, but also to explore. Despite their fearsome reputation, the Vikings didn't wear horned helmets, and even the infamous berserkers were far from invincible. By dismantling the myths, this book allows the full story of this period in medieval history to be told. By ecploring every major facet of this exciting age, Anders Winroth captures the innovation and pure daring of the Vikings with out glossing over their destructive image. He not only explains the Viking attacks, but also looks at the Viking endeavors in commerce, politics, discovery, and colonization, and reveals how Viking arts, literature, and religious thought evolved in ways unequaled in the rest of Europe. He shows how the Vikings seized on the boundless opportunities made possible by the invention of the longship, using it to venture to Europe for the plunder, to open new trade routes, and to settle in lands as distant as Russia, Greenland, and the Byzantine Empire. Challenging the image of the Vikings that comes so easily to mind, Winroth argues that Viking chieftains were no more violent than men like Charlemagne, who committed atrocities on a far greater scale than the northern raiders.

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ISBN:

9780691149851

Author:

Winroth, Anders

Title:

The age of vikings

Publisher:

Princeton, NJ Princeton University Press 2014

Physical:

304 p. illus. 25 cm.

Summary:

The Vikings maintain their grip on our imagination, but their image is too often distorted by medieval and modern myth. It is true that they pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But they also settled peacefully and developed a vast trading network. They traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships, not only to raid, but also to explore. Despite their fearsome reputation, the Vikings didn't wear horned helmets, and even the infamous berserkers were far from invincible. By dismantling the myths, this book allows the full story of this period in medieval history to be told. By ecploring every major facet of this exciting age, Anders Winroth captures the innovation and pure daring of the Vikings with out glossing over their destructive image. He not only explains the Viking attacks, but also looks at the Viking endeavors in commerce, politics, discovery, and colonization, and reveals how Viking arts, literature, and religious thought evolved in ways unequaled in the rest of Europe. He shows how the Vikings seized on the boundless opportunities made possible by the invention of the longship, using it to venture to Europe for the plunder, to open new trade routes, and to settle in lands as distant as Russia, Greenland, and the Byzantine Empire. Challenging the image of the Vikings that comes so easily to mind, Winroth argues that Viking chieftains were no more violent than men like Charlemagne, who committed atrocities on a far greater scale than the northern raiders.

Subject:

Vikings

Subject:

Civilization, Viking

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