The Children of Ash and Elm

A History of the Vikings

The Children of Ash and Elm

Price, Neil

Editorial Penguin Books Ltd
Fecha de edición mayo 2020 · Edición nº 1

Idioma español

EAN 9780241283981
624 páginas
Libro encuadernado en tapa dura
Dimensiones 166 mm x 241 mm


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'As brilliant a history of the Vikings as one could possibly hope to read' Tom Holland The 'Viking Age' is traditionally held to begin in June 793 when Scandinavian raiders attacked the monastery of Lindisfarne in Northumbria, and to end in September 1066, when King Harald Hardrada of Norway died leading the charge against the English line at the Battle of Stamford Bridge. This book, the most wide-ranging and comprehensive assessment of the current state of our knowledge, takes a refreshingly different view. It shows that the Viking expansion began generations before the Lindisfarne raid, and traces Scandinavian history back centuries further to see how these people came to be who they were.

The narrative ranges across the whole of the Viking diaspora, from Vinland on the eastern American seaboard to Constantinople and Uzbekistan, with contacts as far away as China. Based on the latest archaeology, it explores the complex origins of the Viking phenomenon and traces the seismic shifts in Scandinavian society that resulted from an economy geared to maritime war. Some of its most striking discoveries include the central role of slavery in Viking life and trade, and the previously unsuspected pirate communities and family migrations that were part of the Viking 'armies' - not least in England.

Especially, Neil Price takes us inside the Norse mind and spirit-world, and across their borders of identity and gender, to reveal startlingly different Vikings to the barbarian marauders of stereotype. He cuts through centuries of received wisdom to try to see the Vikings as they saw themselves - descendants of the first human couple, the Children of Ash and Elm. Healso reminds us of the simultaneous familiarity and strangeness of the past, of how much we cannot know, alongside the discoveries that change the landscape of our understanding.

This is an eye-opening and surprisingly moving book.

Biografía del autor

Neil Price es un distinguido profesor y catedrático de Arqueología en la Universidad de Upsala, en Suecia. Ha investigado, enseñado y escrito sobre la época vikinga durante casi treinta y cinco años y es autor de diversos libros sobre la historia de los vikingos. Vive en Suecia.




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