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  • Exploring the World of the Vikings

    Richard Hall


    This complete story of the Vikings from their origins in Scandinavia during the first millennium AD, to their last surviving settlements in 15th-century Greenland

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    Drawing on the very latest discoveries and augmenting textual evidence with fine archaeological detail, this sweeping narrative, written by a leading authority, creates a vivid picture of the Vikings at home and abroad in an era that laid many of the foundations of the modern world.

    Exploring the World of the Vikings gives the full story of the Vikings from their origins in Scandinavia, through the incredible period of raiding, trading and settling known as the Viking Age, to their last surviving settlements in 15th-century Greenland. It considers Viking life, culture, art and religion and features runes, navigation, silver hoards and the sagas as well as all the most famous Viking sites in Scandinavia and beyond, including Hedeby, York, Dublin, Birka and L’Anse aux Meadows and includes photographs, drawings, site plans, reconstructions and maps. There is a timeline chronicling the history of the Vikings, with key events and personalities, as well as a gazetteer of sites, museums and places of interest to visit.

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    'Richard Hall brings a wealth of authority and practical experience to bear in presenting this up-to-the-minute account of the Vikings and their world . . . highly informative and full of interesting detail on Viking life'

    'Well balanced and highly readable. … For those interested in reading about the Vikings, their settlements and exploits, they can do no better than start with this accomplished and rich book'
    British Archaeology

    'Fascinatingly detailed … without doubt the most attractively presented study of the Vikings currently available … Hall’s book has no rival'
    The Historian

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    Book Details

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 24.4 x 18.8 cm

    Extent: 240 pp

    Illustrations: 300

    Publication date: 12 July 2012

    ISBN: 9780500290514

    Contents List

    I. Who Were the Vikings? • II. Viking Life and Culture • III. Raiders and Invaders • IV. Invaders and Settlers • V. New Found Lands • VI. Expressions of Identity: Religion and Art • VII. The Later Viking Age • VIII. The End and After • IX. Nationalists, Romantics, Madmen and Scholars

    About the Author

    Richard Hall is Director of Archaeology at York Archaeological Trust. He led the excavations of Viking Age York, and helped to devise the world-famous Jorvik Viking Centre there. He is one of the foremost experts on the Viking world.