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Seller: ancientgifts (4,561) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382735898839 The Viking by Alan Baker. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 216 pages. Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc; (2004). The very word is synonymous with savage fighting skill, rapacious plunder, and sheer love of battle. For three centuries the Vikings plagued Europe with brutal, lightning-fast raids and full-scale invasions that terrorized entire populations and brought mighty kingdoms to their knees. These fierce warriors from the north spread panic, mayhem, and death from the icy Baltic to the sun-drenched Mediterranean and deep into the heart of the continent. Why, then, does the modern world view the Vikings in a far more positive light than the Huns, the Vandals, and other "barbarian" hordes? In The Viking, the acclaimed author of The Knight delves deep into Viking history, culture, and accomplishments to create a complex portrait of these seafaring warriors, explorers, artisans, poets, nomads, and settlers. Alan Baker explains the forces at work behind the age of Viking expansion, tracks the evolution of Viking raids from isolated attacks to well-coordinated assaults, and documents their impact on European military and political history. Baker’s riveting account of Viking military exploits documents 300 years of Norse incursions in the British Isles, France, Spain, Italy, and elsewhere; reveals the tactical and strategic secrets behind their astonishing success; and examines the entire arsenal of Viking weaponry, from the pattern-welded sword to the dreaded longship. His stirring re-creations of battles large and small capture the full fury of these warriors in action, especially the berserkers–crazed fighters whose fearsome battle frenzies were often as lethal to fellow Vikings as to the enemy. As renowned for their intrepid seamanship as for their fighting skill, Vikings ventured farther into the Atlantic Ocean than any other mariners of their day–actually reaching North America 500 years before Columbus. Baker chronicles the journeys of Eirik the Red, Leif Eiriksson, and many other Viking explorers. He also traces the eastward and southerly excursions of the Viking traders known as the Rus, who came to dominate the region surrounding the Volga river and unified and gave their name to Russia. Viking religion, mythology, and culture were distinctly different from the Christian feudal system of central and western Europe. This comprehensive history includes a clear and fascinating introduction to the Norse gods and Viking concepts of the afterlife. It also examines the day-to-day realities of life in Viking settlements, including the role of women, rules of conduct, clothing and jewelry, free people versus slaves, and more. The Viking brings these legendary warriors and seamen to vivid life with rousing tales of valorous battle, heroic adventure, and surprisingly humorous Viking antics. It is must reading for anyone interested in military history, European history, maritime history, or the history of pagan cultures. CONDITION: NEW. New hardcover w/dustjacket. Wiley (2004) 224 pages. Unblemished, unmarked, pristine in every respect EXCEPT that the bottom and fore-edge surfaces of the closed page edges (the "page block") show slight age-yellowing (visible only when book is closed, not to individual pages, otherwise only to the mass of closed page edges). Except for that slight age-toning, the pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #2034b. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: (Ninth-century French prayer) "Oh, Lord, save us from the rage of the Nordic people." One moment they were a mere speck on the sea; the next, a murderous force slashing its way into unprotected monasteries and villages; routing proud armies; and pillaging villages and kidnapping innocents. For three centuries, the Vikings rained terror on Europe. As fearsome as these warriors were, however, there was far more to Viking life and culture than battle. The Viking takes you on a fantastic voyage into history, where you’ll meet legendary Viking warriors, explorers, kings, and poets. It chronicles the repeated Norse invasions of the British Isles and the European mainland, from the destruction of the Anglo-Celtic monastery at Lindisfarne through the founding of Normandy and the battles of Hastings and Stamford Bridge. This enlightening book also examines Viking culture, religion, and explorations. Included are examinations of: Norse gods, mythology, and belief in an afterlife. Day-to-day life in Viking settlements. The discovery and settlement of Iceland and Greenland. Leif Eiriksson’s voyage to the New World. A Viking battle with Native Americans. Swedish exploits in the Volga and the founding of Russia. Alan Baker is the author of four previous books, including “The Knight” and “The Gladiator: The Secret History of Rome’s Warrior Slaves”. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: A riveting account of the fearsome Scandinavian warriors who terrorized Europe for three centuries. Following the success of his books “The Gladiator” and “The Knight”, historian Alan Baker now turns to the Vikings, the seafaring raiders who murdered and plundered their way across Europe and beyond from the ninth to eleventh centuries, eventually getting as far as Newfoundland in the west and Baghdad in the east. Organized in thematic chapters, “The Viking” brings these formidable warriors to life, describing their pagan culture and traditions, their ships and seafaring prowess, their great kings and chieftains, and their discovery of North America. Filled with fascinating facts and gripping tales of battle, it's a must for anyone intrigued by berserkers, battle axes, and long ships. REVIEW: Yes, the Vikings were indeed "savage and bloodthirsty conquerors, pillagers and pirates". But they also had a "gentler side," according to this engaging overview of their history and culture. Historian Baker (author of “The Knight” and “The Gladiator”) draws on archaeological studies, numismatics, Norse sagas and shell-shocked medieval chroniclers to give a balanced assessment of the Vikings. He details their weapons and armor, appreciates their fast, sturdy longboats, salutes their fierce fighting style (as epitomized by the berserkers, Vikings whose "rational minds had been obliterated by an animalistic lust for blood" induced, perhaps, by alcohol and hallucinogenic mushrooms), and surveys the "relentless rain of terror and death" they visited on a Europe that dubbed them "the revenge of Satan." But marauding, he contends, was just a sideline (often commuted to extortion payments) to more constructive pursuits like farming, trading and craftsmanship. The Vikings also had an intriguing culture, most evocatively displayed in a long chapter on their distinctive mythology, full of legends about the brutish Thor, the wily Loki, the unreliable Odin and their rather promiscuous goddess consorts. And Baker recounts the great Viking voyages of exploration and colonization to Iceland, Greenland and North America. Still, to set against the Vikings’ mitigating achievements, there was the marauding, not to mention their bizarre funeral customs, which could involve a disturbing fusion of ritual sex and human sacrifice. At the end of Baker’s book, as the Vikings settle down and are Christianized, readers may breathe a sigh of relief to see this colorful civilization pass into history. REVIEW: Organized in thematic chapters, 'The Viking' brings these formidable warriors to life, describing their pagan culture and traditions, their ships and seafaring prowess, their great kings and chieftains and their discovery of North America. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: Having written popular accounts of the lives of the Roman gladiator and then the medieval knight, Alan Baker now turns his attention to that other most attractive of historical figures, the Viking. Baker's vivid and dramatic narrative pays tribute to the Viking culture which preyed on fellow Norse as much as the enemies to the south. Whilst stressing the absolute terror that the monks and ordinary people of the British Isles must have felt for the Vikings (“the image of the Viking as a fearsome warrior descending like the wrath of an ancient god on his enemies is largely accurate”), Baker also looks at their seamanship, their mythology, their society, homeland, material culture and the forces that drove them on their great journeys in the Atlantic, North Sea and Mediterranean. The study also looks at whether the legend of the Vikings reaching North America has any fact in it. Throughout Baker draws on legends and epic tales which are integrated into the text. Truly an outstanding book! I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). The shipment will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). 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My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." Condition: NEW and unread (albeit slightly age-blemished). See detailed description below., Provenance: Viking, Material: Paper, Publisher: Wiley (2004), Format: Hardcover with dustjacket, Length: 224 pages, Size: 8¾ x 5¾ inches

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