From Viking to Crusader: Scandinavia and Europe 800-1200

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Undoubtedly the most definitive assessment of the civilization of Scandinavia in the Viking Age and in the early medieval period ever published, this volume coincides with a major exhibition opening at the Grand Palais in Paris and traveling to Berlin and Copenhagen in fall 1992.
The dramatic history of the Vikings: their invasion of parts of England and Normandy, their trade routes through Russia to Byzantium, their founding of a new republic in Iceland, and further explorations westward is legendary.
Described here by scholars from fifteen countries and richly illustrated with superb examples of coins, gold and silver jewelry, manuscripts and maps, ships and weaponry, textiles and household objects, the Viking culture emerges as highly developed and complex. Their domestic resources of virtually unlimited supplies of fish and game, furs, wool, wood and iron, together with their skilled craftsmanship, refined artistic sensibilities, social and political organization, adventurousness and bravery, allowed the Vikings to make their influence felt all over Europe for almost 300 years.
This book also tells the story of how the Scandinavian countries became Christian nations and entered into the full community of Christian Europe, receiving and giving to the civilization of Europe.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Danish, French, German, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish

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A complete picture of world history requires examination of the Arctic between Newfoundland and Russia, including the Vikings. Other books on Viking society are available, but few are as comprehensive as this international effort. Published to coincide with a a major exhibition traveling to Paris, Berlin, and Copenhagen, this book offers enough material to close the sizable bibliographic gap that currently exists. The only real weakness is the uneven quality of the writing, which, as a result of the large number of contributors, can perhaps be forgiven. What libraries get for their money is a well-rounded view of Nordic culture, a complete catalog of artifacts in the exhibit, color illustrations, maps, and fascinating information not found elsewhere. An accessible work that would enhance most collections.
- Susan M. Olcott, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., Ohio
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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