By John Haywood
Viking marauders of their longships burst throughout the defences of ninth-century Europe, notable terror into the hearts of peasants and rulers alike for 2 centuries. however the Vikings have been greater than simply marine warriors and this atlas indicates their improvement as investors and craftsmen, explorers, settlers and mercenaries. With over sixty complete color maps, it follows the tracks of the Viking retailers who travelled deep into Russia, of Viking mercenaries who served within the emperor’s bodyguard at Constantinople, and Viking mariners who sailed past the sting of the recognized global to North the USA.
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