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Daily life of the Vikings
Wolf, Kirsten, 1959-
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Publication Information:
Westport, CT. : Greenwood Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
xix, 187 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Time and space -- Domestic life -- Economic life -- Intellectual life -- Material life -- Political life -- Recreational life -- Religious life.
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Though infamous for their violent marauding, Vikings were but one part of the complex Scandinavian culture from which they emerged. This excellent and intimate study goes beyond the rumors of the fury of the Northmen, into the prosaic realities of the greater Scandinavian community, and is ideal for readers who want to discover the everyday details of living in this dynamic time and place. What were Viking families like? How were slaves treated? Were older people treated well, or regarded with contempt? Exactly how did they manage to travel from Baghdad to Greenland? Author Kirsten Wolf answers all of these questions and many more in this highly readable and informative resource volume, which will be a benefit and pleasure to the student and the general reader alike.

For the reader's convenience, the work is organized into chapters covering all aspects life: domestic, economic, intellectual, material, political, recreational, and religious. It includes a historical timeline of Viking history, complementary pictures, illustrations, and maps, and a bibliography.

Author Notes

KIRSTEN WOLF is Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Chronologyp. xvii
1 Introduction: Time and Spacep. 1
2 Domestic Lifep. 7
3 Economic Lifep. 19
4 Intellectual Lifep. 41
5 Material Lifep. 69
6 Political Lifep. 103
7 Recreational Lifep. 141
8 Religious Lifep. 147
Glossaryp. 169
For Further Readingp. 173
Indexp. 179