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The Viking Age:: Ireland and the West: Papers from the Proceedings of the Fifteenth Viking Congress, Cork, 18-25 August 2005
 

The Viking Age:: Ireland and the West: Papers from the Proceedings of the Fifteenth Viking Congress, Cork, 18-25 August 2005

$74.50  $61.48

This book comprises papers by Irish and overseas scholars on aspects of the Viking Age relating to Ireland and the western Viking world. The contributions focus on Viking-age archaeology, history, linguistics, literature, numismatics, placenames, and runology. The major themes explored in the book include: Viking-age Ireland, the colonization of the North Atlantic, weapons and warfare, and the development of urbanism. Based on the XVth Viking Congress, which took place in Cork in 2005, this publication may be regarded as a quinennial review of Viking Studies by its leading proponents.

Reflections on Old Norse Myths (Studies in Viking and Medieval Scandinavia) (Studies in Viking and Medieval Scandinavia)
 

Reflections on Old Norse Myths (Studies in Viking and Medieval Scandinavia) (Studies in Viking and Medieval Scandinavia)

$87.00  $67.93

When seeking to understand the function of mythology in the pagan past and in medieval Iceland scholars are confronted with the problem of how sources from the Middle Ages can properly be used. The articles in this volume demonstrate diverse angles from which Old Norse mythological texts can be viewed. Many discuss methodological problems in dealing with the texts and draw on expertise from different fields of study such as history, philology, literary studies, and history of religions. The authors are all established experts in the field, but demonstrate new approaches to the study of ON mythology, and offer insights into possible new directions for research.

Vikings: Dress, Eat, Write, and Play Just Like the Vikings (Hands-on History)
 

Vikings: Dress, Eat, Write, and Play Just Like the Vikings (Hands-on History)

$8.95  $8.06

Find out what the ancient Chinese liked for their dinner, how the Aztecs used to write and what the Romans used to wear in this innovative series.

Viking Gods and Legends (The Viking Library)
 

Viking Gods and Legends (The Viking Library)

$23.60  $21.24

Book by Hopkins, Andrea

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings (Oxford Illustrated Histories)
 

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings (Oxford Illustrated Histories)

$27.99  $19.28

With settlements stretching across a vast expanse and with legends of their exploits extending even farther, the Vikings were the most far-flung and feared people of their time. Yet the archaeological and historical records are so scant that the true nature of Viking civilization remains shrouded in mystery. In this richly illustrated volume, twelve leading scholars draw on the latest research and archaeological evidence to provide the clearest picture yet of this fabled people. Painting a fascinating portrait of the influences that the "Northmen" had on foreign lands, the contributors trace Viking excursions to the British Islands, Russia, Greenland, and the northern tip of Newfoundland, which the Vikings called "Vinlund." We meet the great Viking kings: from King Godfred, King of the Danes, who led campaigns against Charlemagne in Saxony, to King Harald Bluetooth, the first of the Christian rulers, who helped unify Scandinavia and introduced a modern infrastructure of bridges and roads. The volume also looks at the day-to-day social life of the Vikings, describing their almost religious reverence for boats and boat-building, and their deep bond with the sea that is still visible in the etymology of such English words as "anchor," "boat," "rudder," and "fishing," all of which can be traced back to Old Norse roots. But perhaps most importantly, the book goes a long way towards answering the age-old question of who these intriguing people were. From sagas to shipbuilding, from funeral rites to the fur trade, this superb volume is an indispensable guide to the Viking world.

A History of the Vikings
 

A History of the Vikings

$18.95  $14.45

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 Hardr di 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.

The Viking-Age Rune-Stones: Custom and Commemoration in Early Medieval Scandinavia
 

The Viking-Age Rune-Stones: Custom and Commemoration in Early Medieval Scandinavia

$73.00  $61.90

This is the first historical study of the whole body of late Viking runic inscription stones in Scandinavia. The 2300 inscriptions yield unexpected information on a wide range of topics, including the conversion of Scandinavia to Christianity, the growth of royal power and, most important of all, the inheritance customs of the period.

Daily Life of the Vikings (The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series)
 

Daily Life of the Vikings (The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series)

$55.00  $52.25

Though infamous for their violent marauding, Vikings were but one part of the complex Scandinavian culture from which they emerged. This excellent and intimate study goes beyond the rumors of the fury of the Northmen, into the prosaic realities of the greater Scandinavian community, and is ideal for readers who want to discover the everyday details of living in this dynamic time and place. What were Viking families like? How were slaves treated? Were older people treated well, or regarded with contempt? Exactly how did they manage to travel from Baghdad to Greenland? Author Kirsten Wolf answers all of these questions and many more in this highly readable and informative resource volume, which will be a benefit and pleasure to the student and the general reader alike. For the reader's convenience, the work is organized into chapters covering all aspects life: domestic, economic, intellectual, material, political, recreational, and religious. It includes a historical timeline of Viking history, complementary pictures, illustrations, and maps, and a bibliography.

OooLaLa! Lefse
 

OooLaLa! Lefse

$12.95  $10.79

Book by Guibert, Christian J.

The Last Word on Lutefisk: True Tales of Cod and Tradition
 

The Last Word on Lutefisk: True Tales of Cod and Tradition

$14.95  $12.49

The Last Word on Lutefisk provides you with the most comprehensive collection of facts, fiction, and folklore surrounding this simple fish with the unforgettable scent. Here, a historical account of this colorful lutefisk tradition is mixed with homespun tales, humor, tours, poetry, lyrics-even lutefisk cheers! You will find: * Old country travel and lutefisk lore * Tales of Norse fishermen-and great color photographs * Why lye is used in soaking the fish * Secrets of making your own superior lutefisk * Why lutefisk does not build character-it reveals it * A directory of the 300 finest lutefisk dinners in North America A taste of both culture and culinary traditions, The Last Word on Lutefisk invites you to partake in this peculiar, exuberant Scandinavian feast.


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