Northmen The Viking saga, AD 793-1241

John Haywood, 1956-

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New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press 2015 .
First U.S. edition
Item Description
"First published in Great Britain by Head of Zeus Ltd"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
xvii, 382 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages [363]-369) and index.
Main Author
John Haywood, 1956- (author)
  • Thule, Nydam and Gamla Uppsala : the origin of the Vikings
  • Lindisfarne, Athelney and York : the Vikings in England, 789-954
  • Dorestad, Paris and Rouen : the Vikings in Francia, 799-939
  • Iona, Dunkeld and Orkney : Vikings in Scotland, 795-1064
  • Dublin and Cashel : the Vikings in Ireland, 795-1014
  • Seville and Luni : Vikings in Spain and the Mediterranean, 844-61
  • Kiev, Constantinople and Bolghar : Vikings in Eastern Europe to 1041
  • Thingvellir, Brattahlid and L'Anse aux Meadows : the Norse in the North Atlantic, 835-1000
  • Maldon, London and Stamford Bridge : England's second Viking Age, 978-1085
  • Hedeby, Jelling and Stiklestad : the Scandinavian kingdoms to 1100
  • Palermo, Jerusalem and Tallinn : from Viking to Crusader
  • Largs, Reykholt and Hvalsey : the Viking Twilight
  • Chronology
  • Viking Kings and Rulers c. 800-1100.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Haywood's subtitle is sobering, indicating as it does that the astonishing violence of Europe's northernmost peoples spanned four-and-a-half centuries. Haywood proceeds chronologically overall while switching sectional focus from England to France to Scotland and so forth, backing up in time as needed. In western Europe, Norwegian and Danish Vikings were pirates with plenty of coast to raid, plundering, killing, and taking captives to sell as slaves. In the east, Swedes sailed up the rivers of Russia and down those flowing into the Black and Caspian seas; trade figured sooner and more extensively in their depredations. Both western and eastern Vikings settled and cooperated as they raided, and the national agglomeration and centralization of those they attacked they gradually developed back home. Toward the end of their era, having adopted Christianity, they participated in crusades in both the Holy Land and their own precincts. Although Haywood doesn't seem to know the word whom, and the reader boggles at all the Erics, Sveins, and Olafs, Northmen is probably the Viking history for our time. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Choice Reviews

Haywood's new history of the Viking world is an easily readable narrative for informed students or general readers. His approach differs from many books on the Vikings by creating manageably discrete chapters about the stories of geographic regions. Within each region, the author pays close attention to internal chronology. Haywood always provides excellent maps, so his geographic focus comes naturally. This approach should be particularly helpful to readers who are also learning the geography, since it allows them to gain closer familiarity with single areas and to understand their landscape, environment, and physical relationships within the larger Viking culture sphere. A chronological time line at the end of the volume ties together the different locations of the narrative. The emphasis on the massive range of Viking movement and influence is difficult to comprehend when reading texts with a stricter chronological approach. Haywood gives a healthy balance of historical, archaeological, and literary information. He discusses few sources in the text, but provides a helpful primary and secondary reading list. This is not an imposing academic work, but it provides scholarly points of view and an excellent introduction to the subject. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General, public, and undergraduate libraries.--D. J. Shepherd, independent scholarDeborah J. Shepherdindependent scholar Deborah J. Shepherd Choice Reviews 54:09 May 2017 Copyright 2017 American Library Association.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In his ambitious new book, Haywood, an expert on the Dark Ages in Europe, (The New Atlas of World History; The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings) attempts to provide broader geographical and historical context for the Vikings. The Norsemen were distinct in that no other early Europeans interacted and expanded their territory as early in history as they did, despite not being the most technologically advanced Europeans at the time. The author asserts that the Viking Era extends beyond the conventional period of 790–1066 CE, beginning earlier and culminating around 1240 when Viking seafaring and conquest began its inevitable decline. Haywood delves briefly into the Norse mythology that drove them, and covers a full chronology of Norse conquest, which has left a lasting impact on Europe, Asia, and North America. This meticulously researched book includes extensive maps, a full chronology, a comprehensive list of Viking kings and rulers, and resources for further reading and research including primary-source materials. VERDICT Delivering a well-researched and thoroughly captivating work, Haywood gives readers an expansive view of the Viking Era and peoples who continue to capture the collective imagination.—Lyndsie Robinson, Milne Lib., SUNY Oneonta [Page 107]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this ambitious, sprawling study, Haywood (Viking: The Norse Warrior's Manual), who has written extensively on medieval Europe, manages to construct a definitive, if not always accessible, history of Viking civilization. He reaches into the dim past to study their creation myths and lore before embarking on a historical journey that covers nearly five centuries and spans several continents. The result is a dense, information-heavy work that digs deep into what made Viking culture tick. "The Vikings were an unprecedented phenomenon in European history, not for any technological, military or cultural innovation that they contributed to... but for the vast expanse of their horizons," Haywood writes by way of introduction. And so he carefully and thoroughly examines their spread through Europe, into Asia, and across the seas to see how they affected the world, and how they evolved from a pagan culture into a Christian one—a development that spelled the end of the Vikings and the birth of a slightly more sedate Scandinavia. As a work of sociopolitical history, this is a solid, slow-paced affair jammed full of names, places, and dates. Its value is thus as an academic resource, a historian or researcher's best friend, and it will be less useful for the casual reader looking for some easy answers. Maps & photo insert. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Offers a historical look at the Vikings that places them within the wider geographical context of their world, from their origins to their eventual incorporation into Latin Christendom.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From Finland to Newfoundland and Jelling to Jerusalem, follow in the wake of the Vikings—a transformative story of a people that begins with paganism and ends in Christendom. In AD 800, the Scandinavians were just barbarians in longships. Though they held sway in the north, their power meant little more than the ability to pillage and plunder, which they did to bolster their status at home. But as these Norse warriors left their strongholds to trade, raid, and settle across wide areas of Europe, Asia, and the North Atlantic, their violent and predatory culture left a unique imprint on medieval history. The twist that no one predicted, however, was a much slower, insidious takeover than any the Vikings would execute, and by a turn of the tide, they themselves became its target. For as they made their mark on Europe, Europe made its mark on them. By the year 1200, what remained of the Vikings’ pagan origins floated beneath the surface and the strong, strange territories of the north had become a part of Latin Christendom.Northmen is there to tell the tale, to pay homage to what was lost and celebrate what was won. Focusing on key events, including the sack of Lindisfarne in 793 and the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066, medieval history expert John Haywood recounts the saga of the Viking Age, from the creation of the world through to the dwindling years of halfhearted raids and elegiac storytelling in the thirteenth century. He does so with meticulous research, engaging narrative, and sensitivity for his subject, shedding light and blood along the way.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An authoritative volume that places the Vikings in their wider geographical and historical context.