The Viking reputation is of bloodthirsty seafaring warriors, repeatedly plundering the British Isles and the North Atlantic throughout the early Middle Ages. Yet Vikings were also traders, settlers, and farmers, with a complex artistic and linguistic culture, whose expansion overseas led them to cross the Atlantic for the first time in European history. Highlighting the latest archaeological evidence, Julian Richards reveals the whole Viking world: their history, society and culture, and their expansion overseas for trade, colonization, and plunder. We also look at the Viking identity, through their artistic expression, rune stones, their ships, and their religion. The Viking story is also brought up to date, by examining their legacy from the medieval Icelandic sagas to 19th Century nationalism, Wagner, and the Nazis.
朱利安· D. 理查兹，约克大学考古学教授，考古数据资料库主任。曾主持过多处盎格鲁－斯堪的纳维亚人定居点和德比郡内希思伍德的维京雄师阵亡者公墓遗址的发掘工作；已出版多部有关维京人的论著，如《维京时代的英格兰》等。