Vikings of the Irish Sea

This book looks at the activities of the Vikings in the Irish Sea, a band of water that has been important since prehistoric times in the history of maritime cultural exchange between Britain and Ireland as well as the Scandinavian ...

Author: David Griffiths

Publisher: History PressLtd

ISBN: 9780752436463

Category: History

Page: 191

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The only up-to-date and accessible guide to the Vikings over such a wide geographical area. There is surprisingly little available about the Vikings in this area. Fully illustrated, including plans and maps created for this publication.

Celtic Norse Relationships in the Irish Sea in the Middle Ages 800 1200

This collection of papers offers views of the interation and interdependence of Celtic and Norse populations in the the Irish Sea region in the period 800 A.D.-1200 A.D., bringing together the work of historians, archaeologists, art- and ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004255125

Category: History

Page: 242

View: 357

This collection of papers offers views of the interation and interdependence of Celtic and Norse populations in the the Irish Sea region in the period 800 A.D.-1200 A.D., bringing together the work of historians, archaeologists, art- and religious-historians and philologists

The Celtic World

By the turn of the first millennium A.D., we find ample evidence of Viking presence in both Ireland and Scotland.




Category: History, Ancient


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By the turn of the first millennium A.D., we find ample evidence of Viking presence in both Ireland and Scotland. From raids to intermarriages, the Celtic-Scandinavian relationship is a stranger-than-fiction love-hate saga any history buff can appreciate.

The Irish Sea

"These essays range in time from the Viking age to the present day and include studies on trade, shipping, shipbuilding, fishing and smuggling, besides consideration of the geographical context and sources for regional maritime history.

Author: Michael McCaughan



Category: Fisheries

Page: 176

View: 353

"These essays range in time from the Viking age to the present day and include studies on trade, shipping, shipbuilding, fishing and smuggling, besides consideration of the geographical context and sources for regional maritime history."--Dust jacket.

Viking Kings of Britain and Ireland

This book provides a political analysis of the deeds of à varr's family, from their first appearance in Insular records down to the year 1014.

Author: Clare Downham

Publisher: Dunedin Academic PressLtd


Category: History

Page: 338

View: 796

Vikings plagued the coasts of Ireland and Britain in the 790s AD. Over time, their raids became more intense and by the mid 9th century, Vikings had established a number of settlements in Ireland and Britain and had become heavily involved with local politics. A particularly successful Viking leader named à varr campaigned on both sides of the Irish Sea in the 860s. His descendants dominated the major seaports of Ireland and challenged the power of kings in Britain during the late 9th and 10th centuries. In 1014, the battle of Clontarf marked a famous stage in the decline of Viking power in Ireland while the conquest of England in 1013 by the Danish king Sveinn Forkbeard marked a watershed in the history of Vikings in Britain. The descendants of à varr continued to play a significant role in the history of Dublin and the Hebrides until the 12th century, but they did not threaten to overwhelm the major kingships of Britain or Ireland in this later period as they had done before. This book provides a political analysis of the deeds of à varr's family, from their first appearance in Insular records down to the year 1014. Such an account is necessary in light of the flurry of new work that has been done in other areas of Viking Studies. Recent theoretical approaches to the subject have raised many interesting questions regarding identity, material culture, and structures of authority. Archaeological finds and excavations have also offered potentially radical insights into Viking settlement and society. In line with these developments, Clare Downham provides a reconsideration of events based on contemporary written accounts.

The Irish Sea Province in Archaeology and History

This second Viking Age , as it has been called , did not much affect the Irish Sea .
Then , as in the ninth century , Viking raids in that area were generally the work of
men of Norse descent operating from their bases in Ireland and the Isles .

Author: Cambrian Archaeological Association



Category: England

Page: 125

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Viking Treasure from the North West

Author: James Graham-Campbell

Publisher: National Museums & Galleries


Category: Coin hoards

Page: 115

View: 429

The Vikings and Their Age

In Ire— land, the dynasty established by Olafthe White at Dublin in the 8505
played an important role in the history ofIreland and the Irish Sea region for two
centu— ries. In the wake ofsettlement, Irish Vikings were drawn into Irish politics,

Author: Angus A. Somerville

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442605243

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 942

This book, the first in our Companions to Medieval Studies series, is a brief introduction to the history, culture, and religion of the Viking Age and provides an essential foundation for study of the period. The companion begins by defining the Viking Age and explores topics such as Viking society and religion. Viking biographies provide students with information on important figures in Viking lore such as Harald Bluetooth, Eirik the Red, Leif Eiriksson, and Gudrid Thorbjarnardaughter, a female Viking traveler. A compelling chapter entitled "How Do We Know About the Vikings?" and a case study on the wandering monks of St. Philibert introduce students to the process of historical inquiry. The book concludes with a discussion of the impact of the Vikings and their legacy. Pedagogical resources include a detailed chronology, study questions, a glossary, 4 maps, and 14 images. Text boxes provide information on outsider perceptions of the Vikings, a detailed account of a Viking raid, and a description of a chieftain's dwelling in Arctic Norway. This study also benefits from a multi-disciplinary approach including insights and evidence from such diverse disciplines as archaeology, philology, religion, linguistics, and genetics.

Manx Kingship in Its Irish Sea Setting 1187 1229

The advent of the Vikings created a Scandinavian thalassocracy; and with
Scandinavian settlement in the Hebrides, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Cumbria, and
Anglesey, the Irish Sea resembled a Scandinavian lake by the tenth and eleventh

Author: Russell Andrew McDonald

Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd


Category: History

Page: 254

View: 414

For over forty years, King Ragnvald Godredsson of Man and the Isles was a power to be reckoned with in the seas between Britain and Ireland. This book explores Ragnvald's reign within the framework of the dynasty to which he belonged (the Crovan dynasty) and the ultra-competitive arena of the Irish Sea basin in the decades around 1200.

The Making of Ireland

The sudden appearance of Viking raiders in the Irish Sea was the start of a new
phase in the development of Ireland. ... These were the Vikings who were to
leave such a profound impression on the Irish consciousness that they came to ...

Author: James Lydon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134981503

Category: History

Page: 440

View: 243

The Making of Ireland by James Lydon provides an accessible history of Ireland from the earliest times. James Lydon recounts, in colourful detail, the waves of settlers, missionaries and invaders which have come to Ireland since pre-history and offers a long perspective on Irish history right up to the present time. This comprehensive survey includes discussion of the arrival of St. Patrick in the fifth century and Henry II in the twelfth, as well as that of numerous soldiers, traders and craftsmen through the ages. The author explores how these settlers have shaped the political and cultural climate of Ireland today. James Lydon charts the changing racial mix of Ireland through the ages which shaped the Irish nation. The author also follows Ireland's long and troubled entanglement with England from its beginning many centuries ago. The Making of Ireland offers a complete history in one volume. Through a predominantly political narrative, James Lydon provides a coherent and readable introduction to this vital complex history.

The Vikings A Very Short Introduction

... Floinn (eds), Ireland and Scandinavia in the Early Viking Age (Four Courts
Press, 1998) H. B. Clarke and R. Johnson (eds), The Vikings in Ireland and
Beyond (Four Courts Press, 2015) D. Griffiths, Vikings of the Irish Sea (The
History Press, ...

Author: Julian D. Richards

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191578076

Category: History

Page: 168

View: 376

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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

In Search of Vikings

Viking. Age. Women. Christina Lee CONTENTS Introduction. ... Place-names too
render some convincing evidence about the longevity of Old Norse names in the
Irish Sea region and they can sometimes even give us a glimpse of the people ...

Author: Stephen E. Harding

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1482207591

Category: Science

Page: 204

View: 401

The Viking Age lasted a little over three centuries, but has left a lasting legacy across Europe. These dynamic warrior-traders from Scandinavia, who fought and interacted with peoples as far apart as North America, Russia, and Central Asia, are some of the most recognizable historical figures in the western world. In the modern imagination they represent ruthlessness, heroism, adventurousness, and a unique prestige embellished by the wondrous tales and poetry of the sagas. Yet the sum of evidence for the Viking presence is far less clear than their reputation implies. In Search of Vikings presents a collection of papers from experts in a broad range of disciplines, including history, archaeology, genetics, and linguistics, to provide a detailed understanding of the Vikings in peace and in war. This book focuses on one particularly exciting area of the Viking world, namely the north-west region of England, where they are known to have settled in large numbers. North-west England was the crossroads between Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. It was a battleground for distant powers and dynasties, and its Irish Sea coastline created opportunities for trading and settlement. Silver hoards, burials, and Old Norse place-names attest to the Viking presence, and Scandinavian DNA is detectable amongst the modern population. The 12 integrated studies in this book are designed to reinvigorate the search for Vikings in this crucial region and to provide must-reading for anyone interested in Viking history.

A History of the Vikings

Western Sea and to the Irish coast on their seasonal journeys or on bolder
trading-ventures lasting for two or three years; the sea-port settlements in Ireland
and South Wales became busy marts; the viking chapman became familiar to
Celt, ...

Author: T. D. Kendrick

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486123421

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 248

Enthralling, well-documented, and vivid account by a leading authority on the subject chronicles the activities of those bold sea raiders of the North who terrorized Europe from the 8th to the 11th centuries.

Irish Sea Studies 900 1200

One of the many interesting aspects to the economy of the Irish Sea is the variety
of participants . ... 7 As noted , the Vikings deserve much of the credit for the
deliberate creation of an Irish Sea trading zone from Dublin , Waterford , and
Wexford ...

Author: Benjamin T. Hudson

Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd


Category: History

Page: 256

View: 512

Irish Sea studies, 900â??1200 examines some of the events and personalities round the Irish Sea province at a crucial time in the development of medieval Europe. The Irish Sea had been a meeting ground for commerce, religion, and war throughout centuries, and around the first millennium this region of the North Atlantic became a barometer of the changes that were reshaping the lands of northern Europe. This volume of revised essays looks at political and cultural contact and change throughout the liquid highway between Ireland and Britain, covering topics such as the end of the Viking Age, the collapse of the Old English kingdom, the earliest contacts with the Normans, economic revival and change, and religious reform.

Viking Pirates and Christian Princes

When he briefly added Dublin to his domain in the waning years of the century ,
the Irish Sea Vikings gained a few final years of glory . More important , Godred
established his dynasty in one of the few places where they could flourish .

Author: Benjamin T. Hudson

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195162370

Category: History

Page: 278

View: 826

This book studies two Viking families who appear in the records of the Atlantic littoral as pagan raiders and reinvent themselves as established Christian rulers.

Saxons Vikings and Celts The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland

Between these, the upland plateaux of the Cambrian Mountains are intercut by
river valleys radiating in all directions and emptying the abundant rainfall into the
Irish Sea and the Bristol Channel. Like Scotland, Wales is bounded on three ...

Author: Bryan Sykes

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393079783

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 668

From the best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve, a perfect book for anyone interested in the genetic history of Britain, Ireland, and America. One of the world's leading geneticists, Bryan Sykes has helped thousands find their ancestry in the British Isles. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts, which resulted from a systematic ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 volunteers, traces the true genetic makeup of the British Isles and its descendants, taking readers from the Pontnewydd cave in North Wales to the resting place of the Red Lady of Paviland and the tomb of King Arthur. This illuminating guide provides a much-needed introduction to the genetic history of the people of the British Isles and their descendants throughout the world.

Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2003

However , a brief overview of other links across the Irish Sea provides a context
in which political events can be interpreted . A large amount of contact between
England and Ireland took place through the medium of trade . The vikings ...

Author: John Gillingham

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 9781843830726

Category: History

Page: 189

View: 563

The sense of a group of scholars sharing work in progress comes over on numerous occasions... a series which is a model of its kind. EDMUND KING, HISTORY

Ivory Vikings The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them

The Vikings established a base there for raiding in the Irish Sea, but they soon
learned that Irish monasteries were not such easy marks as English ones. Ireland
in the 800s was a Christian society with many kings—and no clear rules of ...

Author: Nancy Marie Brown

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466879130

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 657

In the early 1800's, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably the most famous chess pieces in the world. Harry played Wizard's Chess with them in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Housed at the British Museum, they are among its most visited and beloved objects. Questions abounded: Who carved them? Where? Nancy Marie Brown's Ivory Vikings explores these mysteries by connecting medieval Icelandic sagas with modern archaeology, art history, forensics, and the history of board games. In the process, Ivory Vikings presents a vivid history of the 400 years when the Vikings ruled the North Atlantic, and the sea-road connected countries and islands we think of as far apart and culturally distinct: Norway and Scotland, Ireland and Iceland, and Greenland and North America. The story of the Lewis chessmen explains the economic lure behind the Viking voyages to the west in the 800s and 900s. And finally, it brings from the shadows an extraordinarily talented woman artist of the twelfth century: Margret the Adroit of Iceland.

The Sea Wolves

The Saga of Grettir the Strong Across the Irish Sea, the kingdom of Dublin was
also faltering. In some ways, the repeated attempts to conquer and hold on to
York had drained Viking Ireland of its energy. The potential conquest of Ireland
had ...

Author: Lars Brownworth

Publisher: Crux Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1909979112

Category: History

Page: 266

View: 720

In AD 793 Norse warriors struck the English isle of Lindisfarne and laid waste to it. Wave after wave of Norse ‘sea-wolves’ followed in search of plunder, land, or a glorious death in battle. Much of the British Isles fell before their swords, and the continental capitals of Paris and Aachen were sacked in turn. Turning east, they swept down the uncharted rivers of central Europe, captured Kiev and clashed with mighty Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. But there is more to the Viking story than brute force. They were makers of law - the term itself comes from an Old Norse word - and they introduced a novel form of trial by jury to England. They were also sophisticated merchants and explorers who settled Iceland, founded Dublin, and established a trading network that stretched from Baghdad to the coast of North America. In The Sea Wolves, Lars Brownworth brings to life this extraordinary Norse world of epic poets, heroes, and travellers through the stories of the great Viking figures. Among others, Leif the Lucky who discovered a new world, Ragnar Lodbrok the scourge of France, Eric Bloodaxe who ruled in York, and the crafty Harald Hardrada illuminate the saga of the Viking age - a time which “has passed away, and grown dark under the cover of night”.


This had also become apparent in Ireland, where Vikings first stayed the winter in
839 or 840. In 841 they established a ... Probably during the same period they
were colonizing the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. Some settlements were also ...

Author: Kathryn Hinds

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761445210

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

View: 998

"A history of the Viking Age, from about 793 to 1066"--Provided by publisher.