'An utterly splendid book, quite the most brilliantly written, balanced, and explanative general work on the Vikings ever to appear in English or in any language.' Scandinavian Studies The subject of this book is the Viking realms, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, their civilization and culture, and their many sided achievements at home and abroad.
A highly readable narrative follows the development of these Northern peoples - the Nordmenn - from their origins and the legendary pre-history to the military triumphs of Canute and the defeat of Harald Hardradi at Stamford Bridge in 1066, which symbolically ended the Viking age.
The book recounts the Vikings' exploits in war, trade, and colonization: the assault on Western Christendom; the trading and military ventures to the Slav and Muslim worlds and to Byzantium; and the western voyages of discovery and settlement to Greenland, Iceland, and America.
Numerous photographs, maps, and drawings contribute to Gwyn Jones's rounded portrait of Viking civilization and vividly evoke the importance in their culture of religion, art, and seafaring.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 528 pages, numerous halftones, line drawings and maps
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 17/05/2001
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780192801340
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Review by seanvk
For those seeking to delve deeper into the history of the vikings as well as to learn more about the culture, you would do quite well with this book by Gwyn Jones. I have always wanted to learn more about the stories of viking expeditions and settlements in 'Vinland', Greenland, and Iceland. Further, recent historical fiction works covering Danish settlement and conquest in England by the likes of Bernard Cornwell, further piqued my interest. Be prepared, this book is a scholarly work and not for the faint of heart. But I relished digging into the details. Sean
Review by Steve.Bivans
This is a very good overview of the Viking Age. I have used it as a textbook for a couple of college courses. My one critique is that Jones chose to break up the chronology a bit too much, in order to delve into topics, but that's mostly a pet peeve of mine. All in all, a very good book on the subject.