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  • After Rome

    After Rome: C.400-c.800

    Thomas Charles-Edwards (Editor). The chapters in this volume, each written by a leading scholar of the period, analyse in turn the different nationalities and kingdoms that existed in the British Isles from the end of the Roman empire to the coming of the Vikings, the process of conversion to Christianity, the development of art and of a written culture, and the interaction between this written culture and the societies of the day. Available from:  

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    Books about the Vikings

    The Return of the Vikings: The Battle of Maldon 991

    The Return of the Vikings: The Battle of Maldon 991

    by Donald Scragg
      On a day in August, one thousand years ago, a fleet of some ninety viking ships sailed into the estuary of the Blackwater river in Essex. Fresh from the ravage of Ipswich, under the command (almost certainly) of the king of Denmark, they were intent no doubt on the rich spoils to be had from the royal Mint at Maldon. Facing them on the shore was Byrhtnoth, the second nobleman of the realm, with an army drawn from the households of the region. The ensuing fight was terrible in its ferocity. Byrhtnoth and many of his companions were slain, and eventually the vikings triumphed. Their victory marked the collapse of effective armed resistance to the Danes, and presaged the end of Anglo-Saxon England.
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    The Norsemen in the Viking Age

    The Norsemen in the Viking Age

    by Eric Christiansen
      This book is a lively introduction to Norsemen in the period 750-1050. Without dismissing stereotypes of aggressive, warmongering Vikings, Eric Christiansen shows how Nordic peoples responded to hostile environments at home and overseas. He concentrates on life within their homelands and colonies, families and communities. "The Norsemen in the Viking Age" covers many aspects of Nordic life, including ecology, politics, war, work, and migration.
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    The Vikings: Voyagers of Discovery and Plunder

    The Vikings: Voyagers of Discovery and Plunder

    by Magnus Magnusson, Mark Harrison, Keith Durham, Ian Heath
      The history of the Vikings is bloody and eventful, and Viking warriors capture the popular imagination to this day. Viking raids reached from Norway to North Africa, they established the dukedom of Normandy, provided the Byzantine Emperor's bodyguard and landed on the shores of America 500 years before Columbus. The authors provide a detailed examination of the Viking Hersir, the raiding warrior of the Viking world, and the famed Viking longship that transported the Vikings through treacherous waters to their bloody raids. This beautifully illustrated book includes new material about the Vikings in North America and the lives the Viking led at home. More information and prices from:
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    Viking Kings of Britain and Ireland: The Dynasty of Ivarr to A.D. 1014

    Viking Kings of Britain and Ireland: The Dynasty of Ivarr to A.D. 1014

    by Clare Downham
      Vikings plagued the coasts of Ireland and Britain in the 790s. Over time, their raids became more intense and by the mid-ninth century vikings had established a number of settlements in Ireland and Britain and had become heavily involved with local politics. A particularly successful viking leader named Ívarr campaigned on both sides of the Irish Sea in the 860s. His descendants dominated the major seaports of Ireland and challenged the power of kings in Britain during the later ninth and tenth centuries.
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    The Vikings: Culture and Conquest

    The Vikings: Culture and Conquest

    by Martin Arnold
      The story of the Vikings is one of the most dramatic in European history. From their base in Scandinavia, Viking warriors and settlers spread across northern Europe, into Russia and across the Atlantic. After their first impact as fearsome raiders, destroying monasteries and plundering coastal settlements, the Vikings turned to conquest in England, Ireland and Normandy. In their longships, they also penetrated into the Mediterranean and as far as Byzantium, as well as establishing settlements in Iceland and Greenland and discovering Vinland, or America. This book is a concise and clear survey of who the Vikings were, what they did, why they did it and how we know about them.
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    Saxons. Vikings and Celts The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland

    Saxons. Vikings and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland

    by B Sykes
      A study based on a decade-long DNA survey traces the genetic makeup of British Islanders and their descendants, ranging from prehistoric times to the genetic heritage of Americans of British descent. North American edition of 'Blood of the Isles'
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    The Northern Conquest: Vikings in Britain and Ireland

    The Northern Conquest: Vikings in Britain and Ireland

    by Katherine Holman
      The Vikings have been traditionally perceived as brutal barbarians who sailed to Britain and Ireland to loot, rape and pillage. The evidence presented here suggests a considerably less dramatic but no less fascinating picture which reveals the Vikings' remarkable achievements and their influence in shaping the political history of these islands.
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    Vikings (Lost Worlds)

    Vikings (Lost Worlds)

    by J. M. Clements
      This lavishly illustrated and interactive book illuminates every aspect of Viking history and culture, from their legends and lore to their journeys of exploration and their discovery of America five hundred years before Columbus. It contains sound clips, gatefolds featuring a Viking map, a cut-through illustration of a longship, a depiction of the Bayeux tapestry, five embossed Runestone concertina "booklets" and much more. The attractive design incorporates authentic Norse design motifs throughout.
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    Leadership Principles of the Vikings

    Leadership Principles of the Vikings

    by Jan Kallberg
      The Vikings were formidable adopters to the Dark Ages and were able to reach their strategic goals - land and wealth - and without losing their freedom or individualism they were able to build effective collective action to acquire what they wanted. The Vikings' approach to deal with uncertainty and turn it around so the risk becomes an opportunity has a relevant message in the today's economy and in the events of the future.
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    Rediscovering Vinland: Evidence of Ancient Viking Presence in America

    Rediscovering Vinland: Evidence of Ancient Viking Presence in America

    by Fred N Brown III
      For over 100 years, people have debated where Vinland is located. This book describes what sagas said, where Vikings landed, what interaction they had with Natives, and what legacy they left Indians and early European colonists. Fred Brown uses 33 years of studying Viking accounts of journeys to America, genetic information, archaeological evidence, Old Norse language remnants, and sailing experience to pinpoint yet another Viking incursion in New England.
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    The Vikings in England: Settlement, Society and Culture (Manchester Medieval Studies)

    The Vikings in England: Settlement, Society and Culture (Manchester Medieval Studies)

    by Dawn Hadley
      This book will be a standard starting point for researchers and students investigating the Viking settlement of Britain. It provides a clear and exhaustive summary of available archaeological, historical and linguistic evidence. It considers the history and development of contemporary debates about Scandinavian settlement, and examines differences between rural and urban Viking settlement. It looks at the Scandinavian conversion to Christianity, and other cultural changes which coincided with settlement.
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