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The Vikings

Far from being just 'wild, barbaric, axe-wielding pirates', the Vikings created complex social...

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

The Almost Nearly Perfect People

Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

Random House (2014)

The Danes are the happiest people in the world, and pay the highest taxes. 'Neutral' Sweden is one...

The Vikings: A Very Short Introduction
OUP Oxford (2005)

The Viking reputation is of bloodthirsty seafaring warriors, yet they were also traders, settlers,...

The Nordic Model: Scandinavia since 1945

The Nordic Model

Scandinavia since 1945


The political structures of the Scandinavian nations have long stood as models for government and...

Norsemen in the Viking Age
Wiley (2008)

This history of the Nordic peoples in the period 750-1050 focuses on their homelands and colonies,...

Vikings in History
Routledge (1991)

The second edition of this lively and comprehensive book provides a forceful reassessment of the...

The Elder Edda: A Book of Viking Lore

The Elder Edda

A Book of Viking Lore


Compiled by an unknown scribe in Iceland around 1270, and based on sources dating back centuries...

Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North

Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness

Arab Travellers in the Far North


In 922 AD, an Arab envoy from Baghdad named Ibn Fadlan encountered a party of Viking traders on the...

Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
Allen & Unwin (2005)

The first biography of Australia's own fairytale princess.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Norway

The ideal travel companion, full of insider advice on what to see and do, plus detailed itineraries...