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  • Hammer and the Cross: New History of the Vikings

Hammer and the Cross: New History of the Vikings

  • Stock No
  • 46136
  • EAN/ISBN
  • 9780141017754
  • 1 Author
  • Robert Ferguson
  • 2 Publisher
  • Penguin
  • 3 Format
  • PB

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For those living outside Scandinavia, the Viking Age effectively began in 793 with an attack on the monastery at Lindisfarne, a characteristically violent harbinger of what was in store for Britain and much of Europe from the Vikings for the next 300 years, until the final destruction of the heathen temple to the Norse gods at Uppsala around 1090. Robert Ferguson is a sure guide across what he calls 'the treacherous marches which divide legend from fact in Viking Age history'. His long familiarity with the literary culture of Scandinavia - the eddas, the poetry of the skalds and the sagas - is combined with the latest archaeological discoveries and the evidence of picture-stones, runes, ships and objects scattered all over northern Europe, to make the most convincing modern portrait of the Viking Age in any language.

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