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Historical dictionary of the Vikings
Holman, Katherine.
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Publication Information:
Lanham, MD. : Scarecrow Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xx, 383 pages ; 24 cm.
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DL65 .H62 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This book provides a comprehensive work of reference for people interested in the vikings, including entries on the main historical figures involved in this dramatic period, important battles and treaties, significant archaeological finds, and key works and sources of information on the period. It also summarizes the impact the vikings had on the areas where they traveled and settled. There is a chronological table, detailed and annotated bibliographies for different themes and geographical locations, and an introduction discussing the major events and developments of the viking age.

Author Notes

Katherine Holman is currently pursuing her own research as a freelance historian. Recently, she was lecturer in Scandinavian Studies and Assistant Director of European Studies in the department of modern languages at the University of Hull in England.

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Holman makes an excellent addition to the small but growing pool of English-language reference works on the Vikings, those infamous raider-trader rascals. The author, well-qualified to deal with the topic, has produced a thorough dictionary that provides information on major historical figures, battles, archaeological finds, Old Norse art and literature, mythology, and anything else connected with Vikings. Entries in the main section, preceded by a chronology and an introductory essay on Vikings, are arranged alphabetically by English-language word when one exists, followed by the Old Norse form and an explanation of the term. Old Norse forms have cross-references to the entry proper. Words within an entry for which there are entries elsewhere in the work are printed in boldface. The author also supplies an extensive English-language bibliography arranged by reference works, primary sources, and secondary sources subdivided by region, country, and subtopic, a brief list of selected Scandinavian-language sources, and a list of museums with Viking collections. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General and academic readers. L. Siegelbaum Harvard University