Viking artefacts discovered across a vast geographical range, from Russia and modern-day Turkey to Greenland and North America, bear witness to an artistic legacy that astonishes by its beauty, wealth and diversity. This richly illustrated introduction to an extraordinary people presents an art of immense sophistication, ranging from exquisite gold jewellery to superbly decorated weapons of war, breathtakingly intricate woodcarvings, and vividly incised and painted runestones. This north European civilisation has always had a special place in the popular imagination. "The Vikings" reflects favourite themes, including: the restless spirit of these warrior-explorers and their extraordinary voyages in quest of trade as well as adventure, booty, conquest and glory; the mighty pantheon of gods and goddesses such as Odin, Freyja, Thor and the mischief-making trickster Loki; the mysteries of the afterlife, including Valhalla (land of dead warriors) and the Underworld domain of the goddess Hel; the warrior cult, which produced the terrifying Berserks (fighters who believed themselves to be possessed by wolves or bears in battle); and, the ceremonies and sacrifices that accompanied the magnificent longship burials of the Viking chieftains. A superb addition to any library of art and the imagination, "The Vikings" sets new standards in capturing the achievements of an ancient civilisation through the marriage of word and image.
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This book about the Vikings reflects the restless spirit of these warrior-explorers and their extraordinary voyages in quest of trade as well as adventure, booty, conquest and glory; the mighty pantheon of gods and goddesses such as Odin, Freyja, Thor and the mischief-making trickster Loki; the mysteries of the afterlife, including Valhalla and the Underworld domain of the goddess Hel; the warrior cult, which produced the terrifying Berserks; and, the ceremonies and sacrifices that accompanied the magnificent longship burials of the Viking chieftains. With index.
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ISBN
9781844838929
Publisert
2010
Utgave
1. utgave
Utgiver
Vendor
Duncan Baird publ.
Vekt
510 gr
Høyde
200 mm
Bredde
202 mm
Dybde
14 mm
Aldersnivå
Voksen
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Heftet
Antall sider
144

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