Vikings and Scandinavian History - History Bits
This month's History Bits is focusing on Vikings and Scandinavian history. For your reading pleasure, here are a few offerings:
The Vikings: A History by Robert Ferguson
Provides a well researched look into Viking history and culture. Contains accounts and analyses of both Viking warriors and Norse mythology. According to the blurb on Amazon.com, The Vikings is an "indispensible" guide to Scandinavia during the medieval period and is a good companion to series shown on the History Channel.
The World's Greatest Civilizations: The History and Culture of the Vikings by Charles River Editors
Takes a look into the different legends and commonly held "beliefs" regarding Vikings and separates fact from fiction. Includes what may be the origins of the term, whether or not they were fierce and fearsome warriors, whether they were the first Europeans to visit North America and whether their reputation was well-earned or not. Provides a comprehensive look into the Viking history and culture and looks into their religion and way of life. Also includes pictures of Viking art and ruins and historic art that depicts Vikings.
Vikings in the Isle of Man by David Wilson
Provides an in-depth survey of the Isle of Man from the early tenth century to the middle of the eleventh century. Delves into archealogical evidence (including pagan grave-goods, headland fortifications, farm-sites, and the plethora of evidence of runic inscriptions, institutions, and place-names on the Island) and conveys of the eventual shift from following pagan beliefs to following Christian ones and how the local islanders were merged into a society that owed their allegience to a king in Norway via land-owners.
Scandinavia: At War with Trolls--A Modern History from the Napoleonic Era to the Third Millenium by Tony Griffiths.
According to the blurb provided, Scandinavia is a "compact, sharp, and accessible" introduction to Scandinavian (covering Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark) culture, history and politics starting with the Napoleonic era and leading up to the present. Takes a look at Scandinavia's artists, musicians and intellectuals and tries to provide a comprehensive look while smashing stereotypes.
With the Lapps in the High Mountains: A Woman Among the Sami, 1907-1908 by Emilie Demant Hatt, Barbara Sjoholm (ed), and Hugh Beach (forward)
Non-fiction book based on Emilie Denant Hatt's nine-month stay in a Sami family's tent in northern Sweden in 1907-08. Includes accounts of daily life, women's work, how children played, and how reindeer herds were cared for in Lapland over a century ago. Also includes an account of the author's participation in a reindeer migration over a mountain range in Norway with another Sami community in 1908. Ms. Denant Hatt was not trained in ethonography, but had taken an interest in the culture and language of the Lapps while studying art in Copenhagen. Her observations, journals, photographs, sketches and paintings (done during her travels with the Sami) enriched the book that was published.
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