Hardback Viking Britain : an exploration / Thomas Williams.
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: London : William Collins,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780008171933 (hbk.) :
To many, the word 'Viking' brings to mind red scenes of rape and pillage, of marauders from beyond the sea rampaging around the British coastline in the last gloomy centuries before the Norman Conquest. It is true that Britain in the Viking Age was a turbulent, violent place. The kings and warlords who have impressed their memories on the period revel in names that fire the blood and stir the imagination: Svein Forkbeard and Edmund Ironside, Ivar the Boneless and Alfred the Great, Erik Bloodaxe and Edgar the Pacifier amongst many others. Evidence for their brutality, their dominance, their avarice and their pride is still unearthed from British soil with stunning regularity. But this is not the whole story. In 'Viking Britain', Thomas Williams shows how the people we call Vikings came not just to raid and plunder, but to settle, to colonize and to rule.
xxiv, 408 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm