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'From the Fury of the Northmen carry us, O Lord'. among the 8th and 11th centuries, the Vikings surged from their Scandinavian place of birth to alternate, raid and invade alongside the coasts of Europe. Their impact and expeditions prolonged from Newfoundland to Baghdad, their battles have been as far-flung as Africa and the Arctic. yet have been they nice seafarers or determined outcasts, noble heathens or oafish pirates, the final pagans or the 1st of the trendy Europeans? This concise research places medieval chronicles, Norse sagas and Muslim debts along more moderen learn into ritual magic, genetic profiling and climatology. It contains biographical sketches of a few of the main well-known Vikings, from Erik Bloodaxe to Saint Olaf, and King Canute to Leif the fortunate. It explains why the Danish king Harald Bluetooth lent his identify to a twenty-first century instant know-how; which destiny saint laughed as she buried international ambassadors alive; why such a lot of Icelandic settlers had Irish names; and, how the final Viking colony was once destroyed by means of English raiders. Extending past the normal 'Viking age' of so much books, "A short background of the Vikings" areas unexpected Scandinavian inhabitants circulation in a much wider historic context. It provides a balanced appraisal of those notorious sea kings, explaining either their fast enlargement and its intended halt. intended simply because, finally, the Vikings didn't disappear: they changed into us.

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To Yet your peril attempt our injury. " at his comrades, WHITE PLUME, THE GIANT-KILLER. The 53 six best runners of the tribe were in succes sion matched against the Giants sons. But in vain did they contend for victory, the fleetest did but turn the peeled tree before his competitor had reached the goal. As each of the defeated approached the goal, his brains were dashed out by the club of one At or other of the Giants. the death of the third, the tribe could bear the dreadful ordeal no longer.

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