By Stephen E. Harding, David Griffiths, Elizabeth Royles
The Viking Age lasted a bit over 3 centuries, yet has left a long-lasting legacy throughout Europe. those dynamic warrior-traders from Scandinavia, who fought and interacted with peoples as some distance aside as North the US, Russia, and critical Asia, are essentially the most recognizable old figures within the western global. within the sleek mind's eye they signify ruthlessness, heroism, adventurousness, and a different status decorated by means of the wondrous stories and poetry of the sagas. but the sum of proof for the Viking presence is way much less transparent than their attractiveness implies.
In seek of Vikings offers a suite of papers from specialists in a large variety of disciplines, together with heritage, archaeology, genetics, and linguistics, to supply an in depth knowing of the Vikings in peace and in struggle. This ebook makes a speciality of one really fascinating sector of the Viking international, specifically the north-west zone of britain, the place they're recognized to have settled in huge numbers. North-west England used to be the crossroads among eire, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of guy, and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. It was once a battleground for far-off powers and dynasties, and its Irish Sea beach created possibilities for buying and selling and payment. Silver hoards, burials, and outdated Norse place-names attest to the Viking presence, and Scandinavian DNA is detectable among the fashionable inhabitants. The 12 built-in reviews during this booklet are designed to reinvigorate the hunt for Vikings during this the most important sector and to supply must-reading for a person drawn to Viking historical past.
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The overall amount of evidence is, however, still relatively limited and fragmentary. Source criticism is vital, and interpreting the available evidence must be conducted on a synthetic, interdisciplinary basis. Landscapes, past environments, and settlements represent continuing research problems in north-west England. Few and generally partial settlement sites have been excavated. Pointers to other chapters in this volume are included. Historical Survey The Viking Age in Britain and Ireland began with dramatic raids from the sea, and these remain the bases of the popular Viking image par excellence.