A new edition of the popular title Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials and Myths, which looks at the Viking age through the records the Vikings left behind.
There have been many books about the Vikings, but few that see them from their own point of view. Most accounts rely heavily on the records of prejudiced observers (who saw the Vikings only as savage raiders) or the archaeological record, which tells us much about their material culture but little about their values.
This classic book reveals how the Vikings saw themselves: portrayed in their own writings or in the reports of people who knew them closely. Using a series of translations from primary sources including runic inscriptions, literary works, rare historical accounts and eye-witness reports, this book brings the Viking world to life.
The book looks at the problems the Vikings encountered in discovering, populating and cultivating new lands and the difficulties of keeping law and order. It also reveals their popular culture, for example their approach to the gods and the supernatural.
An interesting and easy-to- read title.
About the Author
R.I. Page was Emeritus Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He was a noted authority on Anglo-Saxon runes and Norse literature and was the author of numerous books including An Introduction to English Runes (Boydell & Brewer), Runes (Reading the Past series) and Norse Myths.