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History Scandinavia

The Viking Age

A Reader, Second Edition

edited by Angus A. Somerville & R. Andrew McDonald

Publisher
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Initial publish date
Sep 2014
Category
Scandinavia, Medieval, Ancient, Classical & Medieval
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    9781442601482
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    9781442601475
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    9781442608672
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Description

In assembling, translating, and arranging over a hundred primary source readings, Somerville and McDonald successfully illuminate the Vikings and their world for twenty-first-century students and instructors. The diversity of the Viking Age is brought to life through the range of sources presented, and the geographical and chronological coverage of these readings. The Norse translations, many of them new to this collection, are straightforward and easily accessible, and the chapter introductions contextualize the readings while allowing the sources to speak for themselves.

The second edition of this popular reader has been revised and reorganized into fourteen chapters. Nearly twenty sources have been added, including material on children, games and entertainment, and runic inscriptions, as well as new readings on the martyrdom of Alfeah, the life of
Saint Findan, and the martyrdom of Saint Edmund.

The reader can be paired for classroom use with its companion volume, The Vikings and Their Age, authored by Somerville and McDonald. Together, these books provide comprehensive coverage for a course on the Vikings. Additional resources, such as a detailed bibliography and instructions on reading skaldic poetry, can be found on the History Matters website (www.utphistorymatters.com).

About the authors

Angus A. Somerville is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University. He is a contributor to The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary (2010) and co-author of The Vikings and Their Age (2013).

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R. Andrew McDonald is Professor, Department of History, Brock University, and former Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Brock University. His previous titles include Manx kingship in its Irish Sea setting, 1187-1229: King Rognvaldr and the Crovan dynasty (Four Courts Press, 2007) and Outlaws of Medieval Scotland: Challenges to the Canmore Kings 1058-1266 (Tuckwell Press, 2003).

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