Author(s): René Chartrand
The history of the Vikings is bloody and eventful, and Viking warriors continue to capture the popular imagination to this day. Their adventurous spirit saw them look far beyond their own borders, and the iconic Viking longship allowed them to navigate their way through the most treacherous waters. Viking raids reached from Norway to North Africa, but it was not just destruction they left in their wake. They also made history, establishing the dukedom of Normandy, providing the Byzantine Emperors' bodyguards, and landing on the shores of America 500 years before Columbus.
Gain a greater understanding of the Viking way of life through the authors' detailed analysis, complete with studies of the Hersir, the raiding warrior of the Viking world, and the legendary Viking longship, all beautifully illustrated with original artwork.
Bursting with full colour illustrations this is a handy, complete guide to the Vikings, from the lives they led at home to their voyages of plunder across Europe and into America.
Mark Harrison has a Bachelor's degree in Medieval Studies from Lancaster University. He is a Curator at the Royal Armouries, Tower of London and has a strong interest in the early medieval world. He lives in Colchester, UK. Ian Heath is a highly respected author, currently working on a five-volume project covering the armies of 19th-century Asia. Ian lives in Cambridgeshire. Keith Durham lives in Northumberland. He has had a lifelong interest in the Vikings and their ships. Rene Chartrand was a senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He lives in Quebec.
Chronology /Introduction /The Vikings at Home /The Viking Hersir /The Vikings in Battle /The Viking Longship /Glossary /Bibliography /Index