Author: Jónasson, Björn, Translated from the Original by
Year Published: 2001
No. of pages: 92
Illustrations: 0 Color Illustrations. 1 B&W Illustrations.
Size: 8”x 4 1/2”
Hávamál is the words of wisdom which served as spiritual provisions for the Vikings on their long journeys over the rough sea to discover new lands. These sayings give a clear picture of their view of and attitude to life. It has often been compared to the old Chinese book of the Tao, which could be called the wisdom of the east. In the same manner, Hávamál is well described as the wisdom of the north. This small book is in a new and readable translation.
Author: Cornwell, Bernard
Country: Great Britain
Year Published: 2008
No. of pages: 365
Illustrations: 0 Color Illustrations. 0 B&W Illustrations.
Size: 8”x 5”
Cornwell's fourth entry in the popular Saxon Tales (following Lords of the North) is a rousing romp through the celebrated ninth-century reign of Alfred the Great. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a 28-year-old pagan Saxon lord of war, has pledged to serve Alfred by commanding the defensive frontier forts (burhs). Trouble arises when the Norse Viking brothers Sigefrid and Erik Thurgilson capture and occupy London, threatening Alfred's border and his control of the Thames River port. The Christian Alfred directs Uhtred to raise a Wessex army, expel the pagan Thurgilsons and resecure London. Commanding Uhtred is his vain, abusive cousin Ethelred, who is married to Alfred's eldest daughter, Ethelflaed. Plying his swords Serpent-Breath and Wasp-Sting, Uhtred is a stirring, larger-than-life action hero conflicted by ambition, fidelity and thirst for violence. All the major characters are well drawn, and the London battle scenes unfold quickly and vividly. A deft mix of historical details and customs authenticates the saga. And Cornwell drops in a slick twist precipitating the climatic battle to wrest control of London for the Saxons, paving the way for the story to continue.
Author: Søren Andersen, Torsten Madsen, Jens Poulsen, Hans Jørgen Madsen
Year Published: 1988
No. of pages: 79
Illustrations: 113 B&W Illustrations.
Size: 8 1/2”x 6”
A vivid illustration from the Moesgård exhibit of artifacts and archaeological finds from the Stone Age through the Viking Age, including such attractions as Viking rune stones and the Grauballe man, a completely preserved bog body from the Iron Age.
Author: Clark, Victoria
Country: New York
Year Published: 2003
No. of pages: 459
Illustrations: 10 Color Illustrations. 3 B&W Illustrations.
Binding: Clothbound with Jacket
Size: 9 1/2”x 6 1/2”
Biblio/Bio: Index. Bibl.
Just before the year 1000, a young Viking named Thorvald turned his back on the pagan gods of his fathers to preach the Christian gospel, whereupon his Icelandic countrymen mocked him as a homosexual and outlawed him. Thorvald abandoned his homeland and embarked on an epic journey to Jerusalem. 1000 years later, Victoria Clark embarked on the same journey to see how the dramatic changes and conflicts sweeping Western Europe a millennium ago still resonate today. She illuminates influential 11th-century characters - emperors of Christendom, abbots, saints, princesses, crusaders - who form links in a historical chain, while 21st-century people Clark encounter as she travels through Iceland, Central and Western Europe, Balkans, Turkey, and the Middle East cast fresh light on both worlds. A section of color pages reproduces medieval artworks.
Author: Kopár, Lilla
Year Published: 2012
No. of pages: 246
Illustrations: 0 Color Illustrations. 54 B&W Illustrations.
Size: 9 1/2”x 6 1/2”
Viking-Age stone sculpture in northern England provides rare visual evidence for the cultural changes that took place in the Scandinavian settlement areas and bears witness to intellectual and social processes that have otherwise left few traces in either the textual or material records.Stone sculpture constitutes the richest surviving corpus of Viking-Age artefacts from the British Isles. In northern England, the geographical focus of the present study, sculptural production in the Viking period increased dramatically compared to the previous centuries, and stone monuments underwent changes in style and iconography, as well as in function and patronage. Consequently, stone sculpture provides rare visual evidence for the cultural changes that took place in the Scandinavian settlement areas and bears witness to intellectual and social processes that have otherwise left few traces in either the textual or material records. Gods and Settlers is an interdisciplinary study that brings together iconography, literature, history, and religious studies to investigate a unique subset of this sculptural corpus: stone monuments with mythological and heroic iconography of Scandinavian origins. These carvings are particularly interesting because of the ecclesiastical roots of stone sculpture as a mode of artistic expression in England and the undoubtedly Christian context of the majority of the surviving monuments. The first half of the book is a detailed survey of the relevant carvings from northern England and a wide range of textual and visual parallels, together with an investigation of the sources and use of individual heroic and mythological characters and motifs. The second half focuses on the intellectual framework and social context of the artefacts, and presents a new view of these sculptures as cultural documents of the conversion of the Scandinavian settlers of northern England.