From groundbreaking new research that helps us challenge assumptions about the Viking expansions to the origins of how the Vikings created modern Britain, there is a book here for every taste.

1) The Children of Ash and Elm by Neil Price: A History of the Vikings

To understand the Vikings, you must first understand their milieu, culture, and mythology. Luckily for us, Neil Price leaves no (rune)stone unturned as he guides the reader on an educational journey that is as full of color as any Norse saga but with many more historical facts! From a deep dive into Norse mythology and cosmology to what the latest archeological findings can tell us about Viking gender fluidity and everything in between, this is as close as you will get to a university course lectured by Price, a Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University in Sweden...at a fraction of the cost! A great read for novice or advanced Viking history nuts alike.

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2) River Kings: A New History of the Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Road by Dr. Cat Jarmnan

Dr. Cat Jarman is a modern-day Renaissance woman: a renowned bioarchaeologist, best-selling author, and broadcaster. In her latest book, she helps to shed new light on the eastward expansion of the Vikings, through the various river systems of Eastern Europe, down to the world of the Byzantine Empire, Abbasid Caliphate, and beyond. This eastward push, so overlooked by traditional histories of the Vikings, shows just how interconnected and interlinked the global economy was over a millennium ago. From how a simple bead traveled from India to a grave in England to the excesses of Viking funeral orgies, this book is part of a rethinking of traditional Viking histories.

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3) The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England 400 – 1066 by Marc Morris

The history of the English and the Vikings are so intertwined and interlinked it can, in the early medieval period, be hard to see where one ends and the other begins. Marc Morris details, in great clarity, style, and depth, the origins of a nation forged by successive waves of invasion, including (but not limited to) the Romans, the Saxons, the Vikings, and the Normans. The prequel to Morris's weighty tome about the Norman conquest (see below), this covers many seminal periods of English history in one. From 12 days of feasting between Alfred the Great and his Norse opponent, Guthrum, to what else the British museum found with a Sussex farmer's lost tool, this book is full of detailed research and good humor that make Morris the best-selling author he is.

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4) The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England by Marc Morris

Though the Norman conquest may be one of the most studied invasions and conquest in history, Marc Morris breathes new life into what could be otherwise a staid subject. Given the lack of written records, Morris does his best to try to capture the history of one of the most dramatic turning points in English history. Each page drips with verve, color, and rich historical detail that will make you fall head first into this book and grab it with two hands like William the Conqueror was said to have done with English soil when he fell off his boat on an English beach before Hastings.

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5) The Wolf Age: The Vikings, The Anglo-Saxons and the Battle for the North Sea Empire by Tore Skeie

Though it is unfashionable now, the so-called "Great Man Theory" of history – where one individual can shape events and change the course of history – could be applied to the story of Viking King Sweyn Forkbeard. Aside from having history's best nickname, Forkbeard was the man responsible for creating a transnational maritime empire uniting the thrones of Denmark, England, and Norway in what has been seen as the high point of Viking influence, power, and prestige during the 11th century CE. Skeie delves into the political machinations and offers up a fascinating insight into how one man could forge such an empire in the "Age of Wolves."

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6) The Last Viking: The True Story of Harald Hardrada by Don Holloway

Though he may be remembered for a failed invasion of England, halted by English Harold Godwinson, Harald Hardrada was, without any doubt, the most impressive warrior of his age. From his insecure childhood exiled from Norway after seeing his half-brother slaughtered in battle, through his formative years fighting everywhere (and everyone) between Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, to his employment as head of the personal bodyguard of the Byzantine Emperor, Don Holloway charts Hardrada's storied and interesting life, full of excitement and derring-do. His death, in 1066 CE, sometimes incorrectly bookends the "Viking Age", and it's hard to argue there was a more interesting, or impressive, Viking king, warrior, and poet throughout this age.

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7) The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World by Arthur Herman

Sometimes history can get a bad rap. For many, it is just the repetition of a series of dates of battles, deaths, and coronations. For Arthur Herman, it's personal. Very personal. Whilst other Viking books end their story on the battlefield of Hasting, Herman takes the Scandinavian story right up, through the medieval period to the late 19th / early 20thth century CE. It was in this era that his forebears, like so many Scandinavians, emigrated from poverty to make their riches in the United States. Herman links the two parts of this book – the pre and post-Viking history of Scandinavia – with charm, rich detail, humor, and choked full of personal family history.

Read our full review of the book here whilst it is available to purchase on Amazon here. 

8) Viking Age Brew: The Craft of Brewing Sahti Farmhouse Ale

Given the recent boom of craft beer and microbreweries worldwide, it was only a matter of time before new research into Viking-era beer would surface. Sahti Farmhouse Ale is now considered a super niche style of beer that even most hipsters and beer-geeks would hardly have heard of. However, in this lavishly illustrated book, the history of this ale, which was drunk widely throughout the Viking world over a millennium ago, is detailed along with a step-by-step guide on how to make this beer as well as many other medieval tipples. 

Possibly the first history book to give you a hangover...

The book is available for purchase on Amazon here.

9) Women In the Viking Age by Judith Jesch

Whilst almost three decades old, a classic is still a classic. This 1991 book was an inspiration for a whole new generation of female Viking historians and researchers. It was the first book to seriously look at a women's experience during the Viking Age. Whilst the female voice was cruelly silenced during this period, Lesch pieces together fragments and clues, from runic inscriptions to Old Norse literature, to try and provide a detailed examination and analysis of the varied experiences of Viking-era women. An instant classic upon publication deserves to be read by everyone.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon here.

10) Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them by Nancy Marie Brown

The history of the Lewis Chessman, 93 walrus ivory chess pieces that washed up on a beach in 19th century Scotland, is one of the most unlikely and remarkable accidental archaeological discoveries yet recorded. Yet the story of who carved them, almost unknown by the thousands of tourists who gawk at them at the British Museum annually, is just as fascinating. Brown gives the woman who created them, Marget the Adroit of Iceland, the treatment she deserves by telling her story centuries after she carved these delicate pieces of art.

Read our full review of the book here, while the book is available for purchase on Amazon here. 

11) The Real Valkyrie – The Hidden History of Viking Women by Nancy Brown

The latest book by Nancy Brown helps to try and break into the often (sadly) male-dominated study of Viking history and studies. Inspired by a skeleton found in a grave in Sweden, the book weaves some of the history, lives, and lived experiences of a variety of women from the Viking Age (c. 750 – 1100 CE), from queens to mere servants. Unlike other stuffier tomes, Brown's "Valkyrie women" have lives that run the full gamut of experiences for women during the early medieval period, with plenty of humorous anecdotes to add in for good measure. Brown uses the latest archaeological research to help shatter centuries of misogynistic stereotypes about the role and agency of women in Viking societies. Most importantly, though, she helps give a voice to these women who have been silenced and ignored for more than a millennium.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon here, while you can find The Viking Herald's book review of The Real Valkyrie here.

12) The Mästermyr Find: A Viking Age Tool Chest from Gotland by Greta Arwidsson and Gösta Berg

This is a book that should satisfy your inner archaeological needs. A chest discovered on a remote part of the Swedish island of Götland by a farmer in the mid-1930s may not set your pulse racing. However, the authors, Arwidsson and Berg, put, literally, a lifetime of work and research into this fascinating technical book. Decades of careful and methodical research into the more than 300 items found in the Viking era toolbox underpin this book that should be a must-read for any budding archaeologists. Away from all the Indiana Jones-style cliches, Arwdisson and Berg's passion project show just how fascinating real-life archaeological finds can be. Plenty of historical context and research is given for each of the items that were unearthed by a farmer's tractor. This is a fascinating insight into the real-life workings of archaeologists in the field.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon here, and you also can read our review here

13) Swords of the Viking Age by Ian G. Peirce and Ewart Oakeshott

Scholars Ian G. Peirce and Ewart Oakeshott delve deep into the history and development of Viking swords by way of specific examples kept at various museums across Europe, even in private collections. These are analyzed in meticulous detail and photographed from several angles so that the variations of hilt and blade can be discussed at length, bringing into the spotlight Viking sleeping customs and medieval German workshops. Swords are, surprisingly, a little-covered area of Norse history compared to ships or jewelry, yet allowed their bearers to conquer much of Europe and beyond.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon here, and you can find our review here

14) The Norse Myths - A Guide to the Gods and Heroes by Carolyne Larrington

The Norse Myths should benefit both the curious beginner and the seasoned enthusiast. A series of informative sidebars on subjects ranging from blood-eagle punishments to secret rites allows the author to summarize complex concepts in a few brief lines, just enough to equip the reader with the know-how to better understand these age-old stories.

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15) The Viking Way: Magic and Mind in Late Iron Age Scandinavia by Neil Price

There is no doubt why famed author, historian, and Professor of Archaeology Neil Price recently won one of Sweden's most prestigious academic prizes. He has been crafting riveting historical books about all things Viking for over two decades. In this weighty tome, Price helps shed light on a previously little-studied area of Viking society and culture - magic. Using both literary and archaeological sources and records, Price delves into how people in Viking societies thought about and practiced magic, its influences (from Sami shamanism to Christian spirituality), and its complex legacy in later medieval Scandinavia.

You can access our review of the book here, and it's available for sale on Amazon here

16) The Viking Hondbók: Eat, Dress, and Fight Like a Warrior by Kjersti Egerdahl

Learn all about the everyday life of the Vikings through the lens of a Norwegian-American writer who skillfully blends humor and modern-day references into the narrative without compromising respect for her heritage. Raised in Seattle, where her father founded the Scandinavian Language Institute, Kjersti Egerdahl is more intrigued by what Viking sailors consumed during their lengthy voyages than by the battles they engaged in upon reaching their destinations. The latter, including dates and specific details, are already well-known to those familiar with this historical period. Her book is organized into four main sections: The Village, The Kingdom, The Vikings, and Valhalla. It's beautifully complemented by line drawings from artist Josh Lynch.

We've shared our perspective on the book here, and it's up for sale on Amazon here

17) World of Art: Viking Art by James Graham-Campbell

This very Norse edition of the "World of Art" series sees James Graham-Campbell take the reader through a detailed look at the little-known beauty of Viking art. From its ancient origins to its constant evolutionary flux to its later impact – both medieval and modern – this is a tour de force of a softer side of the Viking story. Whilst Vikings get a bad rap for being mere brainless barbarians, people in Viking societies were responsible for six artistic styles. These styles, the history of which provides the book's framework, are beautifully illustrated with photographs of artworks produced, from glittering jewelry and amulets to gigantic but delicately carved Viking ships. This book will help bust the myth that people in Viking societies were not creators but destroyers. This is a must-read for those wanting to brush up (pardon the pun) on early medieval art in Northern Europe and how it still influences art today.

Read our full review of the book here, and you can find it for purchase on Amazon here

18) The Viking World by Stefan Brink and Neil Price

Whilst we at The Viking Herald are big fans of Professor Neil Price – perhaps one of the most knowledgeable and readable scholars of the Viking Age – it is always good to read some of his earlier work. The Viking World, a book he helped edit and compile, bears all the hallmarks of the quality, approachability, and attention to historical detail we associate with the University of Uppsala Professor. Weighing in at over 700 pages, this is THE authoritative work on Viking history. All the usual areas are covered – the Viking economy, warfare, and links with Christian Europe. Additionally, niche topics are highlighted, such as the influence of the Scandinavian languages on British place names, Viking voyages to Spain and Northern Africa, and the power dynamics of women in sexual politics. This should fill not only a (large) gap on one's bookshelf but also plug a hole in the market for the more highbrow Viking connoisseur, dare we say, academically inclined reader.

Check out our complete review of the book here, and you can buy it on Amazon here

19) Gone Viking: A Travel Saga by Bill Arnott

In a modern-day version of a true Viking quest, author Bill Arnott leads us on a global odyssey in Gone Viking: A Travel Saga. Stuffing the reader into his backpack, Arnott takes us on a whirlwind tour of the countries, cultures, and civilizations touched - sometimes peacefully, sometimes not - by people from Viking societies. From the British Isles to the middle of the Pacific Ocean and everywhere in between, Arnott delivers a wonderfully funny and insightful saga, part travelogue, part history lesson. Every phase and aspect of the Viking Age is explored, from its early beginnings with mainly predatory raids, through conquest, colonization, and eventual collapse. Arnott infuses his narrative with humor, ensuring the reader is both better educated and entertained for having journeyed with him on this personal odyssey.

You can read our full review of the book here, and purchase it on Amazon here. 

20) Gone Viking II: Beyond Boundaries by Bill Arnott 

From the British Isles to British Columbia via Australia, the Southern Ocean, and even into the Caribbean, Bill Arnott writes with his usual laid-back and carefree style, dotted with poetry and occasional witticisms, and takes the reader on a trip around the world. Again. With much of this written before, during, and after the wild success of his first book, some of the magic and shine has worn off his part travel book, part adrenaline junkie journal. Arnott does his best to bring the reader on another whimsical and lighthearted romp around the globe, full of colorful characters, hikes, and the odd kayak expedition or two. While there are indeed sea-bound voyages – in a variety of vessels – none, however, are anywhere near the Viking ancestral homelands of Scandinavia. Yet, Arnott taps into the "Viking spirit" – the desire to roam and explore, to seek out adventure and action – albeit with a very modern twist. 

Explore our book review by clicking here, and you can find the book available for purchase on Amazon at this link

21) The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Nancy Marie Brown

Women were sadly often written out of the historical record, especially during the early medieval period when Vikings roamed. However, Nancy Marie Brown does her best to write one back in... and what a woman Gudrid is! Her life story – the stuff of saga and legend – saw her roam all over the Viking world, even making a pilgrimage to Rome at a ripe old age. As Brown puts it, she mixes science with the sagas, trying to determine whether Gudrid's travels have some historical foundations. From a Viking settlement in North America to a farm in Iceland, Brown traces the life and times of Gudrid with detail, precision, and warmth. Most importantly, however, Brown shines a spotlight on a woman's voice, which is depressingly rare in Viking society. Sifting fact from fiction, the author helps tell the story of a woman whose life would be extraordinary even by today's standards. No doubt Netflix will come knocking on Brown's door soon... 

Explore our review of the book here, and secure your copy on Amazon here. 

22) The Vikings - Peoples of the Ancient World by Neil Price and Ben Raffield

Written by two professors at Uppsala University, The Vikings is a companion to editions such as The Babylonians and The Trojans in the Peoples of the Ancient World series, providing a comprehensive overview of Norse culture and history in five chapters. Illustrated with 20 black-and-white photographs and five maps, it should serve as a handy, informative introduction for recent devotees of this area of history. 

Check out our review of the book here, and find it on Amazon here. 

23) Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths by Nancy Marie Brown 

Nancy Marie Brown explores the life and times of Snorri Sturluson, whom she dubs "the Homer of the North." Her work is less a traditional biography and more a saga of the man responsible for the rich canon of Norse literature. Whilst Sturluson was undoubtedly a wordsmith, he was also a flawed individual. He amassed significant wealth and political power, spending years in influential circles and mentoring the young Haakon V of Norway. Yet, he was rumored to have been murdered for betraying his country, leading to its integration into the Norwegian kingdom. There's debate about his political role, but his literary genius is universally acknowledged. Brown delves into his life, the myths and sagas he compiled, and possibly embellished. She also discusses Sturluson’s influence on figures like J.R.R. Tolkien, the Brothers Grimm, Carl Jung, and C.S. Lewis, with some arguing his impact surpasses even Shakespeare's. 

You can read our detailed review here, and purchase the book on Amazon at this link

24) American Vikings: How the Norse sailed into the lands and imaginations of America by Martyn Whittock

In American Vikings, the prolific UK historian Martyn Whittock takes a bold stance on the Norse connection to North America, bringing to light the multifaceted legacy of Viking explorers. This controversial yet imaginative interpretation challenges the narrative of Viking history, questioning long-held assumptions about their settlements and voyages. Whittock's exploration of Norse adventures in the New World does not just dwell on the past; it draws a direct line to the present, examining how Viking tales have woven themselves into the fabric of modern-day political culture. The book subtly implies that these ancient sagas, while romanticized in modern times, carry a more complex and sometimes darker influence on contemporary ideologies and mythologies. 

Explore the book's analysis in our review here, and find it available for purchase on Amazon at this link

25) Viking Britain: An Exploration by Thomas Williams 

There is more to the Viking story in Britain than blood and guts, massacres, conquest, and a list of dates on a page. In Viking Britain: An Exploration, former British curator (the man behind the wildly popular British Museum exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend, which had the British public foaming at the mouth for all things Viking back in 2014) sets about breaking centuries-old stereotypes by delving deep into the history of Viking Age Britain. Williams treats the reader to a history that is just as much about "ideas, objects and places" as it is about knowing your Ragnars from your Rollos. Whilst societies and communities in early medieval Britain were plagued by violence - much of it brought by these "North Sea wolves" - Williams goes about explaining the hidden side of the Viking story of Britain and how their legacy has inspired everyone from Lord Nelson to Oswald Mosely. The story of Vikings in Britain has been told many times, but this is the first time that the Vikings get back some of the dignity that has been lost with centuries of propaganda, spin, and myth. A must for anyone with even a passing interest in British history or the Vikings. 

You can read our review of the book here, and secure your copy on Amazon here

26) Northmen: The Viking Saga, AD 793-1241 by John Haywood 

Northmen: The Viking Saga, AD 793-1241 by John Haywood offers an encyclopedic treatment of Scandinavian history with a solid foundation. However, it could benefit from diverging more from the well-trodden academic path. When introducing the book, Haywood notes that the Vikings were a historic phenomenon due to the "vast expanse of their horizons." Like his subject, the author too seems to have broad horizons as he meticulously traces the story of the Vikings and the societies that produced them. Haywood traces the journey of the "Northmen" from their origins in Bronze Age Scandinavia to 15th-century Greenland, passing through the British Isles, Frankish realms, the Iberian Peninsula, and reaching as far as southern Italy and even to the gates of the "Holy City," Jerusalem. Methodically drawing out a socio-political history, this book caters to academics, researchers, and the more dedicated history enthusiasts. "Northmen: The Viking Saga, 793-1241 AD" by John Haywood is available for purchase on Amazon here. 

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27) Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough 

From Lindisfarne to Iceland, Greenland, Vinland, and the exotic East, BBC broadcaster Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough takes the reader on a fact-filled and entertaining journey around the many parts of the world where the Norse dared to tread – and somewhere they tantalizingly might have been. Her adventure goes beyond mere academic research; she immerses herself in the Viking experience, from spending a night in a desolate lighthouse in Norway to sailing up the Greenland coast and exploring the remnants of Byzantine Constantinople. Her firsthand experiences enrich the narrative, providing a deeper understanding of the Norse settlers' challenges and achievements. The book is a blend of rigorous scholarship and personal exploration, bookended by thirty pages of reference notes, yet it remains accessible and engaging for the general reader. 

Check out our comprehensive review here, and order your copy from Amazon by following this link

28) Feud in the Icelandic Saga by Jesse Byock 

One of Iceland's greatest literary treasures is its collection of Íslendingasögur – the sagas of the Icelanders, a rich tapestry of stories, myths, and legends from the land known for its midnight sun and volcanoes. In Feud in the Icelandic SagaJesse Byock provides a detailed exploration of feuding within these sagas, offering insights into the cultural, historical, and social fabric of medieval Icelandic society. While the topic of feuding might not immediately come to mind in discussions of Icelandic Viking society, Byock skillfully brings to light the historical and cultural nuances of the sagas. His analysis of feud, honor, and death opens a window to a culture that thrived over a millennium ago, revealing how this society could foster both a tradition of violence and a remarkable literary legacy. 

Find our review here, and buy the book on Amazon through this link

29) The Vikings by Else Roesdahl 

In The Vikings, acclaimed Danish historian and author Else Roesdahl offers a comprehensive yet understated overview of the Vikings, early medieval Europe's renowned raiders, traders, and settlers. Published in 1987, the book was ahead of its time, addressing often overlooked aspects of Viking history, such as the roles of women, enslaved people, and children, areas that had remained largely unexplored until more recent times. Roesdahl's work shines in its detailed and patient portrayal of Viking history, exemplified by her insightful analysis of the Christianization of Scandinavia and the Vikings' unexpected influence on this transformation. Despite its academic rigor and recognition, including awards in Denmark, the book's presentation can feel somewhat dry and textbook-like. Nevertheless, The Vikings is a significant contribution to the field, offering a nuanced perspective on a complex era. 

Read our full review here, while the book is available for purchase on Amazon through this link

30) Viking Age Iceland by Jesse Byock 

From the Gray Goose Laws to Snorri Sturluson, from a "sheep tax" to what volcanic ash layers can tell us about environmental and economic degradation, Byock has written a comprehensive yet nuanced view of life in medieval Iceland. He delves into the relationship of early settlers with the environment and how this contributed to a distinct Icelandic identity, exploring everything from the country's topography to societal dynamics. This is done with constant references back to the sagas, showing how fact and fiction can, in the right hands, work side by side for both education and entertainment. It is as thrilling to read as any of the famous sagas produced in medieval Iceland, which, for Byock, would be viewed as high praise indeed. 

See our complete review here, and find the book for purchase on Amazon via this link

31) Women and Weapons in the Viking World: Amazons of the North by Leszek Gardela 

The Polish historian, archeologist, and one-time researcher at the National Museum of Denmark, Leszek Gardela, is one of a new generation of academics who have been a breath of fresh air to Viking studies. In his research project turned book, Women and Weapons in the Viking World: Amazons of the North, Gardela explores the role of women in Viking society, highlighting their involvement in warfare and wielding weapons that challenge, nay, downright shatter, gender stereotypes both centuries-old and modern. Scouring not only the Norse sagas and medieval literature for musings on Viking warrior women, Gardela also analyzes 28 burials of women with weapons from the Viking Age to present his conclusions on these "Amazons of the North." While his conclusion is depressing for all fans of Lagertha (both the fictional version in the sagas and on the popular Netflix series), his book has already become a seminal work full of meticulous research and analysis. 

You can read our full review here, and purchase the book on Amazon here

32) Gone Viking III: The Holy Grail by Bill Arnott 

Following the granting of his Fellowship by London's Royal Society of Geography, Arnott has hit the road again for Gone Viking III: The Holy Grail, and this time, he is on much surer footing. He skillfully connects places that, though seemingly unrelated on a map, share a deep historical connection through these periods. This is precisely the type of saga that people in Viking societies would love – a riveting tale of travel, history, and culture intertwined with ancient mythology, modern humor, and outright fun! Arnott seems to have returned to the drawing board and rekindled the magical writing that made his first book such a success.

Read our review of the book here, and you can find it for purchase on Amazon here

33) Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs by John Lindow 

In Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs by John Lindow, the author provides a deep knowledge of all the major and minor Norse beings, creatures, and deities, as well as offering readers a comprehensive understanding of the Viking Age. Lindow muses on the Indo-European roots of Norse mythology and explores the concept of cyclical time in Viking sagas and stories. His writing style strikes a balance between academic rigor and readability, making often complex concepts approachable without sacrificing scholarly accuracy. In an era where typing something into Google gives us unlimited information in microseconds, Lindow’s effort in compiling an encyclopedia that is both informative and accessible should be commended. This book reminds us that there is great satisfaction and reward – in an intellectual and pleasurable sense – in reading a scholar’s carefully crafted written work. 

Discover our insights on the book here in our review, and you can order it from Amazon here

34) The Viking Diaspora by Judith Jesch 

Using evidence that has come to light since her research project, The Viking Identities Networks, along with the expertise of her many contacts, Nottingham University professor Judith Jesch covers the main aspects and characteristics of Viking culture and society across and beyond northern Europe. Jesch, deeply fascinated by the linguistic elements that knit together a shared ancestral culture, offers more than just historical recounting. Her work on The Viking Diaspora represents a profound dedication to exploring the interconnections affected by Norse activities during and after the Viking Age. With a hands-on approach to history and an emphasis on collaboration with niche experts, Jesch's research uncovers the complex network of Norse identities, highlighting small populations and the extensive yet delicate web of global connections they formed. 

Read our extensive review here, and purchase your copy of the book on Amazon by following this link

35) The Age of the Vikings by Anders Winroth 

Published by Princeton University Press in 2014, The Age of the Vikings by Anders Winroth, a distinguished professor of medieval history at Oslo University with a past tenure at Yale, encapsulates centuries of Viking culture into ten insightful chapters, concluding with an epilogue. Across its 200 pages, the narrative unfolds at a deliberate pace, allowing Winroth ample opportunity to delve into Viking shipbuilding, religious practices, and expansive trade networks, all supported by a wealth of lesser-known facts. While the book meticulously charts the Vikings' considerable impact on the British Isles, Winroth intriguingly shifts the geographical context to modern-day France, Germany, and the Benelux countries, offering a broader perspective on Norse influence. This scholarly yet accessible work emerges as a comprehensive addition to the growing body of literature on Viking history, distinguishing itself through its depth of research and engaging presentation of the Viking Age. 

Check out our detailed review here and grab your copy of the book on Amazon via this link

36) Thralldom: A History of Slavery in the Viking Age by Stefan Brink 

A quick look at the history of the world and you will see that slave societies are not the wicked exception but the norm. Stefan Brink, in his new book, Thralldom: A History of Slavery in the Viking Age, gives us a timely crash course in the multifaceted nature of human bondage in the Viking world. Especially noteworthy is Brink's exploration of the economic functions of slavery, such as its role in agricultural production, crafts, and trade. What Brink delivers is a thoughtful and insightful exploration of one of the most overlooked aspects of Viking societies. It should contribute to ongoing discussions about freedom, power, exploitation, and human beings. 

You can read our full review here and secure your copy of the book on Amazon through this link.

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