The Hammer and The Cross: A New History of the Vikings


by Robert Ferguson

‘Compelling…shows us how our understanding of the Vikings is incomplete without a consideration of the violence of their culture, but remains sympathetic to the poetry of their doomed world…Ferguson adds another layer to our perception of our origins’ – Independent on Sunday

‘Intricate and thoughtful…a gripping account’ – The Times

Paperback: 452 pages

Publisher: Penguin Books, 2010

Language: English

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From the first attack on the Lindisfarne monastery in 793 to the settlement of Iceland and Greenland and the discovery of North America, the Vikings dominated Europe for over 300 years. What caused the outburst of violence and restless creativity, what sustained it, and what finally brought it to an end?

Robert Ferguson’s new history sheds light on some of the most characteristic aspects of the Vikings’ culture, including their Heathen religion, their skills as shipbuilders and architects, and an extraordinary literacy and poetic culture that celebrated the deeds of such enigmatically named leaders as Harald Bluetooth and Ivar the Boneless. This is the clearest and most compelling modern portrait of the Viking world yet.

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Dimensions 12.8 × 2.9 × 19.7 cm

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