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Title The Viking age : a reader / edited by Angus A. Somerville and R. Andrew McDonald.

Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2010]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  948.022 VIKI    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvii, 503 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Series Readings in medieval civilizations and cultures ; 14.
Readings in medieval civilizations and cultures ; 14.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 495-497) and indexes.
Contents The Scandinavian homelands. -- The voyages of Ohthere and Wulfstan -- A description of the islands of the North -- Scandinavian society. -- The Lay of Rig -- Politics in Harald Finehair's Norway -- Hoskuld buys a slave -- How the Hersir Erling treated his slaves -- A glimpse of ninth-century Scandinavia. -- The life of Anskar -- Early religion and belief. -- The Norse Creation-myth -- Ragnarok: the doom of the gods -- A prophetess in Greenland -- Odin's wisdom and arts -- Odin welcomes Eirik Bloodax to Valhalla -- Odin hangs on Yggdrasil -- Odin and human sacrifice -- (a) The death of King Vikar -- (b) The deaths of Domaldi and Olaf Tretelgja -- Sigurd, the Earl of Lade, sacrifices to the gods -- The Temple of Uppsala -- The Temple in Iceland -- King Harald Gormosson and the land-spirits -- Norse funeral practices -- (a) An Arab description of a Viking funeral -- (b) Snorri's history of burial practices -- (c) Odin orders cremation and becomes a god -- (d) The death of Baldur the Good -- (e) Gunnar's burial mound -- The living dead -- (a) Gunnar's posthumous poem -- (b) Grettir's fight with Glam -- Women in the Viking age. -- Unn the Deep-minded takes control of her life -- Queen Gunnhild has her way with Hrut -- The Prowess of Freydis, daughter of Eirik the Red -- A warrior-woman -- Gudrun drives her sons to take revenge -- Gudrun Osvifrsdaughter's incitement of her sons -- The goading of Hildigunn -- Betrothals from the sagas -- (a) The betrothal of Olaf Hoskuldsson -- (b) How Unn Mordsdaughter found herself betrothed -- Divorces from the sagas -- (a) How Gundrun divorced Thorvald -- (b) Vigdis divorces Thord Goddi -- (c) How Aud dealt with her humiliating divorce --
Viking warriors and their weapons. -- The accomplishments of a Viking warrior -- (a) Earl Rognvald on being a gentleman -- (b) Gunnar Hamundarson, the ideal warrior -- Olaf Tryggvason, King of Norway -- Berserkers and the Berserk Rage -- (a) Odin's Berserks -- (b) The rage of Skallagrim and Egil -- (c) Egil fights a Beserk -- (d) Grettir fights a Berserk -- Weapons -- (a) King Magnus Bareleggs dresses to kill -- The Sword Skofnung -- Sigmund, Sigurd, and the Sword Gram -- Saint Olaf's sword, Hneitir -- (e) Viking Age swords -- Fjord-serpents: Viking ships. -- King Olaf Tryggvason builds the Long Serpent -- Harald Sigurdarson's Splendid Ship -- King Sverrir's Mariasud -- The great ships of King Hakon IV -- Animal heads on the prow of ships -- Sea-battles in the sagas -- (a) A hard-fought sea-battle at Bute -- (b) Olaf Tryggvason at the Battle of Svold -- (c) Rognvald and Thorfinn the Mighty fight it out in the Orkneys -- (d) Earl Rognvald Kali in the Mediterranean -- (e) The Battle of Fimreite (Norafjord), 1184 -- Sudden and unforseen attacks of Northmen. -- On the causes of the Viking expansion -- Viking raids on England, 789-850/1 -- Alcuin's letter to King Athelred, 793 -- An English gospel book ransomed from the Vikings -- Viking raids on Ireland -- The martyrdom of Blathmac, 825 -- Irish resistance to the Norsemen -- Franks and the Vikings, 800-829 -- The Northmen in France, 843-865 -- The Annals of St-Vast, 882-886 -- An account of the Siege of Paris, 885-886 -- Vikings in the Iberian Peninsula -- (a) Ibn al-Kutia -- (b) Ibn Adhari --
The heathens stayed: from raiding to settlement. -- Viking activities in England, 851-900 -- The Vikings in Ireland, 845-917 -- Ketil Flatnose and his descendants in the Hebrides -- Earl Sigurd and the establishment of the Earldom of Orkney -- Runic inscriptions from Maes Howe, Mainland, Orkney -- Runic inscriptions from the Isle of Man -- Rollo obtains Normandy from the King of the Franks -- Austrveg: the Viking road to the east. -- The Piraeus Lion -- The Rūs -- The Rūs attack Constantinople -- On the arrival of the Varangians -- A Muslim diplomat meets Viking merchants -- River routes to Constantinople -- A Norwegian Soldier of Fortune in the East -- Rūs expeditions to the Middle East -- Into the Western Ocean, the faeroes, Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland. -- The islands in the Northern Ocean, ca 825 -- Sailing directions and distances in the North Atlantic -- The Western Ocean -- Adam of Bremen on Iceland -- Icelandic accounts of the discovery and settlement of Iceland -- (a) The Book of Icelanders -- (b) The Book of Settlements -- (c) The Saga of the People of Eyri -- Skallagrim's landtake in Iceland -- The settlement of Greenland -- (a) The Book of Icelanders -- (b) The Book of Settlements -- The King's Mirror on Greenland -- Adam of Bremen on Vinland -- The Norse discovery of Vinland -- Thorfinn Karlsefni in Vinland -- Viking life and death. -- Advice for sailors and merchants -- Egil in youth and old age -- Svein Asleifarson's Viking life -- The Jomsvikings meet their end -- The death of Gunnar -- The burning of Njal -- The death of Thormod Kolbrunarskald -- From Odin to Christ. -- The conversion of the Danes under Harald Bluetooth -- Olaf Tryggvason and the conversion of Norway -- A poet abandons the old gods -- The Christianization of Norway under Saint Olaf -- The conversion of the Icelanders -- The conversion of Greenland -- The conversion of Orkney -- Christianity in Sweden -- Christianity and the church in Norway -- The travels of King Sigurd, Jerusalem-Farer -- State-building at home and abroad. -- Harald Finehair and the unification of Norway -- State-making in Denmark: the Jelling Stone -- State-making in Denmark: unification and expansion -- Knut the Great and the North Sea Empire -- The Earldom of Orkney at its zenith -- The end of the Viking age. -- The Battle of Clontarf, 1014 -- The Battle of Stamford Bridge, 1066 -- The decline of the Earls of Orkney -- The Battle of Largs, 1263 -- Epilogue: Advice from Odin.
Summary Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, and tracing the astonishing development of the Viking age from the first foreign raids to the rise and fall of empires, this comprehensive reader is essential to an understanding of Viking history. Chroniclers record European horror in the face of the Viking onslaught. An Arab diplomat gives a gripping account of an encounter with Norsemen in Russia. Great warriors and kings of the period are heralded in Skaldic poetry. With unusual power, saga literature narrates the lives of Norse women and men at home and abroad. Brief introductions contextualize the translations and all unfamiliar terms are explained in the body of the text, making this an extremely readable and user-friendly introduction to the Viking age.
Other author McDonald, R. Andrew (Russell Andrew), 1965-
Somerville, Angus A., 1943-
Subject Vikings -- Sources.
Civilization, Viking -- Sources.
Northmen -- Sources.
ISBN 9781442601475 (bound)
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