The Viking Age: A Reader, Second Edition (Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures)

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In assembling, translating, and arranging over a hundred primary source readings, Somerville and McDonald successfully illuminate the Vikings and their world for twenty-first-century students and instructors. The diversity of the Viking Age is brought to life through the range of sources presented, and the geographical and chronological coverage of these readings. The Norse translations, many of them new to this collection, are straightforward and easily accessible, and the chapter introductions contextualize the readings while allowing the sources to speak for themselves.



The second edition of this popular reader has been revised and reorganized into fourteen chapters. Nearly twenty sources have been added, including material on children, games and entertainment, and runic inscriptions, as well as new readings on the martyrdom of Alfeah, the life of

Saint Findan, and the martyrdom of Saint Edmund.



The reader can be paired for classroom use with its companion volume, The Vikings and Their Age, authored by Somerville and McDonald. Together, these books provide comprehensive coverage for a course on the Vikings. Additional resources, such as a detailed bibliography and instructions on reading skaldic poetry, can be found on the History Matters website (www.utphistorymatters.com).

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Angus A. Somerville is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University.

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The second edition of The Viking Age: A Reader comprises a splendid collection of primary documents relating to the Viking period. What was already an extraordinarily broad reader has in its second edition become even more useful through the inclusion of additional texts illuminating Viking life, notably those depicting childhood and entertainment. One is hard put to think of any text suitable for study of the Vikings that is not found here. (Marianne E. Kalinke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The Viking Age is useful; the pieces are well selected and well translated. The next time I teach a Viking class, this is a text that will be assigned. (Benjamin Hudson, Pennsylvania State University)

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