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An Encyclopedia of Conflict, Invasions, and Raids
by Tristan Mueller-Vollmer and Kirsten Wolf
March 2022, 350pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7729-2
$97, £72, 84€, A132
Available for purchase 30 days prior to publication.
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7730-8
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Find out how the Vikings irrevocably changed the military landscape of Europe over the course of three centuries and why their actions have left a lasting impact on the public imagination.

For three centuries, the Vikings changed the political world of northern and western Europe. This encyclopedia explores exactly how they did it in a highly readable and informative resource volume.

How did the Vikings know when to strike? What were their military strengths? Who were their leaders? What was the impact of their raids? These and many more questions are answered in this volume, which will be a benefit and pleasure to the student and the general reader alike.

The only encyclopedia devoted specifically to the topic of conflict, invasions, and raids in the Viking Age, this book presents detailed coverage of the Vikings, who are infamous for their violent marauding across Europe during the early Middle Ages. Featuring extracts of poetry and prose from the Viking Age, the book provides cultural context in addition to an in-depth analysis of Viking military practices.


  • Features four introductory essays covering such topics as Viking weaponry, home life, and exploration
  • Includes sidebars that present excerpts from Viking poetry as well as personal accounts from historical figures who witnessed Viking military engagements
  • Provides easy access to details about individual warlords, specific battles, and specific raids
  • Focuses almost exclusively on conflicts, raids, and invasions at a time when research on the Vikings has taken an apologist approach
Kirsten Wolf, PhD, is Birgit Baldwin Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches Old Norse and Scandinavian linguistics. She has published several books on Old Norse literature and the Vikings, including ABC-CLIO's The Vikings: Facts and Fictions. Her most recent single-authored book is The Legends of the Saints in Old Norse-Icelandic Prose.

Tristan Mueller-Vollmer, PhD, is a runic specialist and independent researcher in Scandinavian studies. He is coauthor of ABC-CLIO's The Vikings: Facts and Fictions.
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