Far from being just 'wild, barbaric, axe-wielding pirates', the Vikings created complex social institutions, oversaw the coming of Christianity to Scandinavia and made a major impact on European history through trade, travel and far-flung consolidation.
This encyclopedic study brings together the latest research on Viking art, burial customs, class divisions, jewellery, kingship, poetry and family life.
The result is a rich and compelling picture of an extraordinary civilisation.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, b&w plates, notes, bibliography, index
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/04/1998
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780140252828