Over one thousand years ago, kingdoms across Europe were changed forever as the Vikings sailed in. Prepare here to board an iconic Norse ship and be transported into the battles, the legacies, and the everyday lives of these intrepid warriors. From buried treasure to noble laws, to murderouos myths: this the story of the Vikings.
The Vikings were the original explorers with a legacy going back to 800 AD. Popular culture thinks the 1600s was the Age of Discovery when Europe discovered the Americas. Did you know some of the most exciting days of seafaring expansion took place close to a thousand years before that when a group of seafaring Scandinavians departed their homelands for the British Isles, seeking great power and prosperity at all costs?
For the next three centuries, the daring voyagers pillaged and plundered their way to a vast kingdom, and in the process, developed new trade routes, spreading everything from commerce to art to language from the Far East to the New World. The pages of this book will take you into the Norseman's universe - their daily lives and ritual deaths. We’ll explore the magical mythology of the Norse gods, go behind-the-scenes of the hit History series Vikings, and examine their lasting legacy on the today's world. We even cover pop culture too — much of Game of Thrones was based on the vikings (and countless other shows and movies too).
Here, in these richly illustrated pages, is everything you need to know about the medieval warriors of the sea.
Kelly Farrell has covered everything from gubernatorial elections to red carpet fashion in her ten plus years as a reporter, editor and writer, but this is her first foray into the exhilarating world of historical non-fiction. A graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Farrell lives in Weehawken, NJ and works in Marketing.
Robert Edelstein has written about history, pop culture, television, sports, travel, health and film for TV Guide Magazine, Broadcasting & Cable, deadline.com, Hemispheres, Meetings & Conventions, Athletes Quarterly and many other publications and websites. His books include NASCAR Generations (Harper Collins), and two books published by the Overlook Press: Full Throttle: The Life and Fast Times of NASCAR Legend Curtis Turner (which was reviewed on the cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review) and NASCAR Legends (named book of the year by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association). His origami art has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal. He lives in New Jersey with his family.