Books : reviews

John Haywood.
North Men: the Viking saga 793-1241.
Head of Zeus. 2015

The violent and predatory society of Dark Age Scandinavia left a unique impact on the history of medieval Europe. Norse warriors, explorers and merchants raided, traded and settled across wide areas of Europe, Asia and the North Atlantic from the late eighth to the mid-eleventh century.

In 800 the Scandinavians were barbarians in longships bent on plunder and rapine; by 1200, their homelands were an integral part of Latin Christendom. John Haywood narrates, in authoritative but compellingly readable fashion, the extraordinary story of the Viking Age.