Raiders from the Sea

Kim Hjardar

Viking raiders were feared across Europe for centuries. This short introduction to the world of the Vikings looks at their way of life and why their raids were so successful.
Date Published :
October 2017
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Casemate Short History
Illustration :
30 b/w illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781612005195
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 7.75 X 5 inches
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From the 9th to the 11th century, Viking ships landed on almost every shore in the Western world. Viking ravages united the Spanish kingdoms and stopped Charlemagne and the Franks' advance in Europe. Wherever Viking ships roamed, enormous suffering followed in their wake, but the encounter between cultures changed both European and Nordic societies.

Employing sail technology and using unpredictable strategies, the Vikings could strike suddenly, attack with great force, then withdraw with stolen goods or captives. Viking society was highly militarized, honor was everything and losing one’s reputation was worse than death. Offending another man’s honor could only be resolved through combat or blood revenge.

This short history of the Vikings discusses how they raided across Europe even reaching America, discussing their ships, weapons and armor, and unique way of life.

About The Author

Kim Hjardar holds a MPhil in Nordic Viking and Medieval Culture from the University of Oslo and works as a lecturer in history at St Hallvard College. He has been involved in Viking and Medieval studies for more than fifteen years, both as a professional and through living history re-enactment. He is head of Norway’s biggest and oldest Viking re-enactment association.



Chapter 1: Viking Society
Chapter 2: A Culture of Combat
Chapter 3: Religion, Myth and Cult
Chapter 4: Plunder, Explorations and Settlements
Chapter 5: Expansion in the North and West
Chapter 6: The Onslaught in England



“I enjoyed reading this book, there was a lot I didn’t know about Vikings, including their faith system, which contrary to popular belief, doesn’t just include Valhalla...a well-written, interesting book.”

- Army Rumour Service

“This little 'Casemate Short History' was written by a very enthusiastic historian who has focused for years on Viking and medieval European history. He knows it intimately and explains it well.”

- Baird Maritime

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