Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Viking History books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings (2001)
- The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings (2014)
- Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland (2007)
- The Age of the Vikings (2016)
- History of the Vikings: A Captivating Guide to the Viking Age and Feared Norse Seafarers Such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Ivar the Boneless, Egil Skallagrimsson, and More (2018)
- Sons of Vikings: A Legendary History of the Viking Age (2018)
- Ragnar Lothbrok and a History of the Vikings: Viking Warriors including Rollo, Norsemen, Norse Mythology, Quests in America, England, France, Scotland, Ireland and Russia (2017)
- A History of the Vikings (2001)
- The Vikings: A New History (2014)
- The Vikings: A History (2010)
- Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings (Hist Atlas) (1995)
With settlements stretching across a vast expanse and with legends of their exploits extending even farther, the Vikings were the most far-flung and feared people of their time. Yet the archaeological and historical records are so scant that the true nature of Viking civilization remains shrouded in mystery.In this richly illustrated volume, twelve leading scholars draw on the latest research and archaeological evidence to provide the clearest picture yet of this fabled people.
In AD 793 Norse warriors struck the English isle of Lindisfarne and laid waste to it. Wave after wave of Norse ‘sea-wolves’ followed in search of plunder, land, or a glorious death in battle. Much of the British Isles fell before their swords, and the continental capitals of Paris and Aachen were sacked in turn.
From the best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve, a perfect book for anyone interested in the genetic history of Britain, Ireland, and America. One of the world’s leading geneticists, Bryan Sykes has helped thousands find their ancestry in the British Isles.
The Age of the Vikings (2016)
The Vikings maintain their grip on our imagination, but their image is too often distorted by myth. It is true that they pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But they also settled peacefully and traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships to explore. The Age of the Vikings tells the full story of this exciting period in history.
History of the Vikings: A Captivating Guide to the Viking Age and Feared Norse Seafarers Such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Ivar the Boneless, Egil Skallagrimsson, and More (2018)
The predominant modern image of the mighty Viking warriors has become that of the warmonger and marauding berserker. In popular culture, the Norsemen, portrayed as giant, sword-wielding men with flowing hair and bushy beards, have been reduced to a one-dimensional tribe of ruthless warriors, who cared little for the communities they attacked and plundered.
Sons of Vikings tells the story of the Viking Age (793-1066 A.D.) through the lives of extraordinary people. Each chapter is a biography of Ragnar Lothbrok, Ivar the Boneless, Bjorn Ironside, Rollo, Brian Boru, Erik the Red, Floki, Leif Erikson, Lagertha, Alfred, Rurik, Sviatoslav, William the Conqueror, and many other heroes and villains.
Ragnar Lothbrok and a History of the Vikings: Viking Warriors including Rollo, Norsemen, Norse Mythology, Quests in America, England, France, Scotland, Ireland and Russia (2017)
Today’s popular TV Show may have popularized Ragnar’s story but the real facts are not very well known. Discover the truth behind this Viking Warrior and the rich history of the Vikings The Legend of Ragnar Lothbrok Vikings in England Vikings in France Vikings in America Vikings in Ireland, Scotland and Wales Rollo the Viking And more amazing facts about the rich history of the Vikings!Order yours today!
A History of the Vikings (2001)
“An utterly splendid book, quite the most brilliantly written, balanced, and explanative general work on the Vikings ever to appear in English or in any language.”– Scandinavian StudiesThe subject of this book is the Viking realms, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, their civilization and culture, and their many sided achievements at home and abroad.
The Vikings: A New History (2014)
An archaeologist goes beyond the Vikings’ bloody reputation to search for the truth, in a new and groundbreaking historyThe Vikings famously took no prisoners, relished cruel retribution, and prided themselves on their bloodthirsty skills as warriors. But their prowess in battle is only a small part of their story, which stretches from their Scandinavian origins to America in the West and as far as Baghdad in the East.
The Vikings: A History (2010)
From Harald Bluetooth to Cnut the Great, the feared seamen and plunderers of the Viking Age ruled Norway, Sweden, and Denmark but roamed as far as Byzantium, Greenland, and America.
Viking marauders in their longships burst through the defences of ninth-century Europe, striking terror into the hearts of peasants and rulers alike for two centuries. But the Vikings were more than just marine warriors and this atlas shows their development as traders and craftsmen, explorers, settlers and mercenaries.
Best Viking History Books Reviewed & Ranked
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River Kings: A New History of Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads
Author(s): Cat Jarman
ID: 2914969, Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, Year: 2021, Size: 5 Mb, Format: epub
Jallianwala Bagh: A Groundbreaking History of the 1919 Massacre
Author(s): V.N. Datta
ID: 2974545, Publisher: Viking Books, Year: 2021, Size: 4 Mb, Format: epub
Tales from the Viking Age: Captivating Legendary and Historical Sagas
Author(s): Matt Clayton
ID: 2560590, Publisher: Captivating History, Year: 2020, Size: 208 Kb, Format: epub
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