Beyond the Northlands

Beyond the Northlands

Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas

Book - 2016
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In the dying days of the eighth century, the Vikings erupted onto the international stage with brutal raids and slaughter. The medieval Norsemen may be best remembered as monk murderers and village pillagers, but this is far from the whole story. Throughout the Middle Ages, long-ships transported hairy northern voyagers far and wide, where they not only raided but also traded, explored and settled new lands, encountered unfamiliar races, and embarked on pilgrimages and crusades. To explore the sagas and the world that produced them, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough now takes her own trip through the dramatic landscapes that they describe. Along the way, she illuminates the rich but often confusing saga accounts with a range of other evidence: archaeological finds, rune-stones, medieval world maps, encyclopaedic manuscripts, and texts from as far away as Byzantium and Baghdad. As her journey across the Old Norse world shows, by situating the sagas against the revealing background of this other evidence, we can begin at least to understand just how the world was experienced, remembered, and imagined by this unique culture from the outermost edge of Europe so many centuries ago.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780198701248
Branch Call Number: 948.022 BAR


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Nov 24, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. Did we learn any of this in school? I had no idea how extensive was the Viking reach and influence. I would recommend this book to anyone who is even remotely interested in learning more about the history and influence of this culture.

ontherideau Oct 31, 2017

Absorbing look at Vikings and Old Norse culture told with humour and empathy.

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