The Vikings, Else Roesdahl, 317 pages




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. This encyclopedic study brings together the latest research on Viking art, burial customs, class divisions, jewelry, kingship, poetry and family life. The result is a rich and compelling picture of an extraordinary civilization.


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