By Jonathan Clements

Between the 8th and 11th centuries, the Vikings surged from their Scandinavian native land to exchange and raid alongside the coasts of Europe. Their impact prolonged from Newfoundland to Baghdad, their battles have been as far-flung as Africa and the Arctic. yet have been they nice seafarers or determined outcasts, noble heathens or oafish pirates, the final pagans or the 1st of the trendy Europeans? This concise research places medieval chronicles, Norse sagas and Muslim money owed along newer examine into ritual magic, genetic profiling and climatology. It contains biographical sketches of a few of the main recognized Vikings, from Erik Bloodaxe to Saint Olaf, from King Canute to Leif the fortunate. Extending past the conventional ‘Viking age' of such a lot books, a short heritage of the Vikings additionally locations unexpected Scandinavian inhabitants activities in a much wider ancient context. It offers a balanced appraisal of those notorious sea kings, explaining either their rapid growth and its meant halt. intended as the Vikings by no means fairly went away. as an alternative, posits Clements, they grew to become part of who we're today.

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