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