The Hammer and the Cross: A New History of the Vikings

The Hammer and the Cross: A New History of the Vikings

Robert Ferguson


For these residing open air Scandinavia, the Viking Age successfully all started in 793 with an assault at the monastery at Lindisfarne. The assault on Lindisfarne used to be a ordinarily violent harbinger of what used to be in shop for Britain and masses of Europe from the Vikings for the subsequent three hundred years, till the ultimate destruction of the heathen temple to the Norse gods at Uppsala round 1090. Robert Ferguson is a yes advisor throughout what he calls 'the treacherous marches which divide legend from truth in Viking Age history'. His lengthy familiarity with the literary tradition of Scandinavia - the eddas, the poetry of the skalds and the sagas - is mixed with the most recent archaeological discoveries and the proof of picture-stones, runes, ships and items scattered in all places northern Europe, to take advantage of convincing sleek portrait of the Viking Age in any language. "The Hammer and the Cross" levels from Scandinavia itself to Kievan Rus and Byzantium within the east, to Iceland, Greenland and the north American settlements within the west. past its geographical obstacles, the publication takes us on a trip to a misty quarter inhabited through Hallfred the complicated Poet, Harald Bluetooth, Ragnar Hairy-Breeches, Ivar the Boneless and Eyvind the Plagiarist, during which literature, heritage and delusion dissolve into each other.

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