The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings
Penguin Books, 1995 - 144 oldal
Viking marauders in their longships burst through the defences of ninth-century Europe, striking terror into the hearts of peasants and rulers alike for two centuries. But the Vikings were more than just marine warriors and this atlas shows their development as traders and craftsmen, explorers, settlers and mercenaries. With over sixty full colour maps, it follows the tracks of the Viking merchants who travelled deep into Russia, of Viking mercenaries who served in the emperor’s bodyguard at Constantinople, and Viking mariners who sailed beyond the edge of the known world to North America.
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There were even larger ships available at this time; King Olaf Tryggvason's ship
the "Long Serpent" had 68 oars and was capable of carring several hundred men
. These dragon ships were probably used mostly for coastal defence, however.
According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the first Viking raid on England took
place around 789, when three pirate ships from Norway attacked Portland. In 792
the Mercian King Offa arranged coastal defences for his kingdom; in the following
Increasingly the most effective defence came not from the king but from local
leaders. The Loire Vikings suffered a number of sharp defeats in the 860s at the
hands of local counts, who could react more quickly than centralized royal forces.
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LibraryThing ReviewFelhasználói ismertető - Steve.Bivans - LibraryThing
Don't let the 'picture book' appearance of this little book keep you from buying it, even if you're a serious scholar. The maps are indispensable, and the chronology is laid out logically. One could design an entire semester syllabus based on the chronology in this little book. Teljes értékelés elolvasása
LibraryThing ReviewFelhasználói ismertető - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
I like this format for the actual maps less well than I Liked the McEvedy series of atlases. But the book is informative and tries to more of a survey of the "Abortive Scandinavian" Civilization, (as ... Teljes értékelés elolvasása
The Causes of the Viking Age
The Origins of the Vikings
Scandinavia in the Viking Age
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