Vikings: life and legend
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A rich and vivid account of the impact of the Vikings throughout the world, published to accompany the exhibition Vikings: life and legend, 6 March - 22 June 2014.
This title and exhibition presents the ever-popular subject in a new way, viewing the Vikings in a global context (rather than focusing on northern Europe) and examining the extent of cultural, religious and economic influences as a result of these contacts.
Beautifully illustrated with an extraordinary range of objects from international collections and featuring new discoveries by archaeologists and metal-detectorists, the cultural connections between Europe, Byzantium and the Middle East are examined here in absorbing detail.
From stunning jewellery to ferocious- looking swords, and from beautiful amulets and charms to the longest Viking ship to be found to date – this book highlights the remarkable diversity of peoples and cultures that the Vikings encountered.
A lively and accessible read for the general reader and experts alike.
Gareth Williams is Curator of Early Medieval Coins at the British Museum.
Peter Pentz is a Curator of Danish Prehistory at the National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen.
Matthias Wemhoff is Director of the Museum of Prehistory and Early History, Berlin.
Product code: cmcf23363
World culture: Vikings
Subtitle: Life and legend
Authors: Gareth Williams, Peter Pentz, Matthias Wemhoff
Number of pages: 288 pages
Size: 30cm x 25cm
llustrations: 320 colour illustrations
Publication date: February 2014
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The catalogue does indeed offer the Life and Legend — the Truth, too — and tells us with authority of myths, beliefs and rituals, death and burial, and something of the politics and commerce of the Vikings’ ephemeral empire.’
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