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Автор: Robert Ferguson Название: The Hammer and the Cross, A New History of the Vikings Издательство: London: Penguin Год: 2010 Язык: English ISBN: 978-0713997880 Формат: pdf Размер: 23,4 mb Кол-во страниц: 464
Robert Ferguson is a sure guide across what he calls 'the treacherous marches which divide legend from fact in Viking Age history'. His long familiarity with the literary culture of Scandinavia - the eddas, the poetry of the skalds and the sagas - is combined with the latest archaeological discoveries and the evidence of picture-stones, runes, ships and objects scattered all over northern Europe, to make the most convincing modern portrait of the Viking Age in any language.
The Hammer and the Cross ranges from Scandinavia itself to Kievan Rus and Byzantium in the east, to Iceland, Greenland and the north American settlements in the west. Beyond its geographical boundaries the book takes us on a journey to a misty region inhabited by Hallfred the Troublesome Poet, Harald Bluetooth, Ragnar Hairy-Breeches, Ivar the Boneless and Eyvind the Plagiarist, in which literature, history and myth dissolve into one another.
1 The Oseberg Ship 2 The culture of northern Heathendom 3 The causes of the Viking Age 4 ‘The devastation of all the islands of Britain by the Heathens’ 5 The Vikings in the Carolingian empire 6 Across the Baltic 7 The Danelaw I: Occupation 8 The settlement of Iceland 9 Rollo and the Norman colony 10 The master-builder: Harald Bluetooth and the Jelling Stone 11 The Danelaw II: Assimilation 12 When Allah met Odin 13 A piece of horse’s liver: The pragmatic Christianity of Hlkon The Good 14 Greenland and North America 15 Ragnarok in Iceland 16 St Brice, St Alphege and the Wolf: The fall of Anglo-Saxon England 17 The Viking saint 18 Heathendom’s last bastion