This concise and balanced history traces the 300-year saga of the pirates and warlords who poured out of Scandinavia between the eighth and eleventh centuries, terrorizing, conquering, and ultimately settling vast stretches of Europe. Martin Arnold provides a lively and accessible account of this early medieval period that became known as the Viking Age. Drawing on rich literary and archaeological source material, he first focuses on Viking culture, religious beliefs, and battle tactics and weaponry. He then ranges over the four main theaters of Viking activity-the British Isles, Western Europe, the Slavic regions, and the North Atlantic. Arnold vividly illustrates the two faces of the Vikings: on the one hand, savage, greedy, and implacable; on the other, adventurous, innovative, and artistic.
Martin Arnold is senior lecturer in early medieval literature at the University of Hull.
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Death of Ivar the Boneless and Viking Age History Part 2 Part 1: Viking Culture Chapter 3 1: From Odin to Christ Chapter 4 2: The Warrior's Way Part 5 Part 2: The Viking Age Chapter 6 3: The Conquest of England Chapter 7 4: The Ravaging of Western Europe Chapter 8 5: The Founding of Russia Chapter 9 6: Settlements across the Atlantic: Iceland, Greenland, and North America