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All About History Book of Vikings

All About History Book of Vikings

4th Edition

Packed with fascinating facts and images, the All About History Book of Vikings explores what caused the end of the Viking age, what their remaining legacy is, and gives you the chance to gaze upon the historical artefacts that help us understand more about these incredible warriors. Featuring: Viking Raiders - Portrayed as bloodthirsty pirates, pillaging innocent villagers, Vikings also ruled the waves with a lucrative trade network. Exploration - Find out how and why the Vikings spread their wings and discovered new lands far and wide. Everyday life - Vikings had their own beliefs, rituals and social structure, and expressed their artistic side through the likes of pottery and crafts. The Viking legacy - Far from disappearing into the annals of time, the Vikings left a lasting legacy that lives on today.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
$12.58(Incl. tax)

in this issue

1 min.
welcome to book of vikings

THE LEGEND of the Vikings is one that is shrouded in mystery. Their stories and myths have embedded themselves in popular culture, and those are the Vikings we see in films, books and TV shows. But the real Vikings – the Norse seafarers – led an existence that was often more incredible than any fictional tale. In this book, we tell that story, from their origins in Scandinavia to their expeditions across the seas. Known to be ruthless raiders and fearless fighters, discover how the Vikings expanded their empire and conquered new lands. Packed with fascinating facts and stunning imagery, find out what caused the end of the Viking age, what their remaining legacy is, and gaze upon the historical artefacts that help us understand more about these incredible warriors.…

2 min.
viking raiders

The great white sail cracked as the vicious Atlantic wind lashed against it, but still the ship sailed on. Long and sleek, the warship, crafted from mighty oak, crashed through the waves, sending a sharp spray of water across the deck. The men inside rowed as one, their mighty muscles straining as they plunged the oars deep into the water and drove the ship forward through the turbulent waves. Their strength alone brought the ship to land and they poured out onto the beach. Dressed in thick woollen tunics, the warriors were armed with an array of weapons, from long sharpened spears to hefty battle-axes. With a booming voice one man yelled to the others, thrusting his sword into the air, and the rest bellowed in response. Then onward he…

3 min.
viking voyages

Centuries before Christopher Columbus would stumble upon the land now known as America, the Vikings had claimed the Atlantic Ocean as their own backyard. They had mastered Russia’s river system and reached the Middle East; their impressive voyages helped them to become leaders of a rapidly developing world and this new Viking civilisation thrived on the power of a single creation: the ship. The entire Viking society was built around their ships, which were bigger, lighter and faster than any before. These vessels had been perfected over many years, with the power to brave the vicious storms of the Atlantic Ocean, but also the sleek construction to skim through shallow rivers. These powerful and efficient ships enabled their mighty passengers to create colonies all over the world, and the building and…

5 min.

They had arrived in the dead of night; the darkness had been so thick that the monks had not seen their ship until it landed on the shore. It was too late, they all knew it, to call for help. A brother had run into the halls, waking the monks from their beds with shrill cries of “The demons are here! They’re coming! They’re coming!” Some of the brothers began to scream for help, while others leapt into action, grabbing precious items and concealing them in the folds of their cloaks. But already the doors were down and already the invaders were here. They were huge – bigger than any man the humble brethren had ever seen – with their wild blond hair and mighty weapons grasped in hand. They…

4 min.

What were the goods worth? 1 FEMALE SLAVE = 1 COW AND 1 OX 1 SUIT OF CHAIN MAIL = 2 HORSES OR 4 MALE SLAVES 1 HORSE = 3 COWS 1 STIRRUP = 1 SWORD OR 125G OF SILVER Raiders or traders? Stuart Perry, or Fastulf Geraltsson as he is known to the public, is the Jorvik Group’s Interactive Team Leader. He manages a team of Viking interactives at Jorvik Viking Centre and archaeology and history interpreters across the group’s five attractions What was the motivation behind the Viking invasions? Were they simply bloodthirsty raiders, or did they have more civilised aims? The motivation behind the Viking invasions was simple; farmland. The Vikings, or Norsemen – which is a more accurate name since a ‘Viking’ was a sea-borne raider that specialised in hitand-run attacks – were searching for land. Scandinavia…

9 min.
origins of the scandinavian nations

THE VIKING ORIGIN MYTH ACCORDING TO Snorri Sturluson, writing in the thirteenth century, the origin of the Norse gods can be traced to a Trojan prince called Tror, grandson of King Priam. Tror’s many times-great grandson was Woden, whom the Norse called Odin. Odin had the gift of prophecy and knew that if he travelled to north west Europe he would be remembered for all time, so he set off with a large following. Odin stopped in Frankia where he fathered three sons, who were the origin of the Völsung dynasty, known to many from Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Then he travelled to Denmark, where he established his son Skiöld as king and from him the Skiöldung dynasty, which we know from the Old English epic Beowulf, was descended. Odin then travelled…