All About History Book of Vikings (2nd Edition) by Robert MacLeod

By Robert MacLeod

All approximately historical past e-book of Vikings 2d Edition

The legend of the Vikings is person who is shrouded in secret. during this ebook, we discover the reality concerning the Vikings, from their origins in Scandinavia to their expeditions around the seas. identified to be ruthless raiders and fearless warring parties, detect how the Vikings multiplied their empire and conquered new lands.

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Contact with the Middle East was important from the mid-eighth century, as the coin hoards show. It grew signiicantly in the mid- to late ninth century, before peaking in the mid-tenth Exploration Eiríksstaoir in Haukadalur, Iceland. This is a reconstruction of the Viking Age house on the site where Eirik the Red lived. 35 century. After that date it went into rapid decline, because the silver mines of central Asia were exhausted and there was less reason to travel that far. "We have many stories of these expeditions, and the memories of how these places were discovered have been preserved" THE NORTH ATLANTIC AND VINLAND Norse settlers arrived in the ninth century but recent archaeological evidence conirms that the Faeroe Islands were inhabited before the Vikings arrived there.

The possibility of a vigorous defence was generally low and monasteries like Lindisfarne were far enough from the nearest settlement for the raiders to attack and escape before the locals could respond. The fact that they targeted churches and monasteries may be one of the reasons the Vikings gained such a terrible reputation; the monks who wrote the annals that tell us about Vikings would have been inclined to paint those who attacked the Church in the most unfavourable of ways. Treasure would generally have been anything portable, so gold, silver, livestock and slaves were all viable targets.

Most famously he described the burial rite of a wealthy man, who was laid to rest in a ship that was then burnt. He related how a slave girl was sacriiced with the man and how the person who set ire to the ship had to be naked and walk backwards to the ship with one hand covering his anus while another held a laming brand for lighting the pyre. Contact with the Middle East was important from the mid-eighth century, as the coin hoards show. It grew signiicantly in the mid- to late ninth century, before peaking in the mid-tenth Exploration Eiríksstaoir in Haukadalur, Iceland.

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