A Brief History of the Vikings

A Brief History of the Vikings
Author : Jonathan Clements
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 288
Release : 2013-02-07
ISBN 10 : 9781472107756
ISBN 13 : 1472107756
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Brief History of the Vikings Book Description:

'From the Fury of the Northmen deliver us, O Lord.' Between the eighth and eleventh centuries, the Vikings surged from their Scandinavian homeland to trade, raid and invade along the coasts of Europe. Their influence and expeditions extended from Newfoundland to Baghdad, their battles were as far-flung as Africa and the Arctic. But were they great seafarers or desperate outcasts, noble heathens or oafish pirates, the last pagans or the first of the modern Europeans? This concise study puts medieval chronicles, Norse sagas and Muslim accounts alongside more recent research into ritual magic, genetic profiling and climatology. It includes biographical sketches of some of the most famous Vikings, from Erik Bloodaxe to Saint Olaf, and King Canute to Leif the Lucky. It explains why the Danish king Harald Bluetooth lent his name to a twenty-first century wireless technology; which future saint laughed as she buried foreign ambassadors alive; why so many Icelandic settlers had Irish names; and how the last Viking colony was destroyed by English raiders. Extending beyond the traditional 'Viking age' of most books, A Brief History of the Vikings places sudden Scandinavian population movement in a wider historical context. It presents a balanced appraisal of these infamous sea kings, explaining both their swift expansion and its supposed halt. Supposed because, ultimately, the Vikings didn't disappear: they turned into us.

A Brief History of the World

A Brief History of the World
Author : Tao Wang
Publisher : iUniverse
Total Pages : 240
Release : 2002-08-21
ISBN 10 : 9781469762753
ISBN 13 : 1469762757
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Brief History of the World Book Description:

The subject of history dates back to the invention of writing thousands of years ago. From the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia to the modern nations of the 21st century, humans have continuously made history with great accomplishments. A Brief History of the World examines the great Wonders of the World like the Pyramids of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the Great Wall of China. A great part of history includes military achievements such as the great battles of Kadesh, Issus, Cannae, Salamis, Crecy, Waterloo, and Midway. Throughout history, great leaders like Ramesses II, Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Caesar, Genghis Khan, Elizabeth I, Mehmed the Conqueror, and Napoleon have led their people to dominance. The day-to-day lives of ordinary people must not to be neglected either, as aspects of ordinary life like shelter, food, government and politics are explained. Young or old, when reading about history, one can't help but imagine life in the past, or ponder about the wonders of the future.

A History of the Vikings

A History of the Vikings
Author : Gwyn Jones
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages : 504
Release : 2001
ISBN 10 : 0192801341
ISBN 13 : 9780192801340
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of the Vikings Book Description:

A look at the ancient Scandinavian peoples.

Western Civilization A Brief History

Western Civilization  A Brief History
Author : Jackson J. Spielvogel
Publisher : Cengage Learning
Total Pages : 864
Release : 2016-01-01
ISBN 10 : 9781305886995
ISBN 13 : 1305886992
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Western Civilization A Brief History Book Description:

This brief, best-selling Western Civilization text has helped thousands of students learn about the world they live in by exploring the story of its past. Jackson Spielvogel’s engaging chronological narrative and extensive inclusion of primary source documents weave the political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, and military aspects of history into a gripping story that is as memorable as it is instructive. This edition includes new historiographical sections along with updated scholarship and new images. The textbook is available in the following split options: WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY, 9th EDITION COMPLETE, VOLUME I: TO 1715, and VOLUME II: SINCE 1500. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

A Brief History of the Anglo Saxons

A Brief History of the Anglo Saxons
Author : Geoffrey Hindley
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 448
Release : 2013-02-07
ISBN 10 : 9781472107596
ISBN 13 : 1472107594
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Brief History of the Anglo Saxons Book Description:

Starting AD 400 (around the time of their invasion of England) and running through to the 1100s (the 'Aftermath'), historian Geoffrey Hindley shows the Anglo-Saxons as formative in the history not only of England but also of Europe. The society inspired by the warrior world of the Old English poem Beowulf saw England become the world's first nation state and Europe's first country to conduct affairs in its own language, and Bede and Boniface of Wessex establish the dating convention we still use today. Including all the latest research, this is a fascinating assessment of a vital historical period.

Western Civilization A Brief History Volume I To 1715

Western Civilization  A Brief History  Volume I  To 1715
Author : Jackson J. Spielvogel
Publisher : Cengage Learning
Total Pages : 480
Release : 2016-01-01
ISBN 10 : 9781305888425
ISBN 13 : 1305888421
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Western Civilization A Brief History Volume I To 1715 Book Description:

This brief, best-selling Western Civilization text has helped thousands of students learn about the world they live in by exploring the story of its past. Jackson Spielvogel’s engaging chronological narrative and extensive inclusion of primary source documents weave the political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, and military aspects of history into a gripping story that is as memorable as it is instructive. This edition includes new historiographical sections along with updated scholarship and new images. The textbook is available in the following split options: WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY, 9th EDITION COMPLETE, VOLUME I: TO 1715, and VOLUME II: SINCE 1500. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

A Brief History of Venice

A Brief History of Venice
Author : Elizabeth Horodowich
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 272
Release : 2013-02-07
ISBN 10 : 9781472107749
ISBN 13 : 1472107748
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Brief History of Venice Book Description:

In this colourful new history of Venice, Elizabeth Horodowich, one of the leading experts on Venice, tells the story of the place from its ancient origins, and its early days as a multicultural trading city where Christians, Jews and Muslims lived together at the crossroads between East and West. She explores the often overlooked role of Venice, alongside Florence and Rome, as one of the principal Renaissance capitals. Now, as the resident population falls and the number of tourists grows, as brash new advertisements disfigure the ancient buildings, she looks at the threat from the rising water level and the future of one of the great wonders of the world.

A Brief History of Henry VIII

A Brief History of Henry VIII
Author : Derek Wilson
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 400
Release : 2013-02-07
ISBN 10 : 9781472107633
ISBN 13 : 1472107632
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Brief History of Henry VIII Book Description:

Henry VIII changed the course of English life more completely than any monarch since the Conquest. In the portraits of Holbein, Henry Tudor stands proud as one of the most powerful figures in renaissance Europe. But is the portrait just a bluff? In his brilliant new history of the life of Henry VIII, Derek Wilson explores the myths behind the image of the Tudor Lion. He was the monarch that delivered the Reformation to England yet Luther called him 'A fool, a liar and a damnable rotten worm'. As a young man he gained a reputation as an intellectual and fair prince yet he ruled the nation like a tyrant. He treated his subjects as cruelly as he treated his wives. Based on a wealth of new material and a lifetime's knowledge of the subject Derek Wilson exposes a new portrait of a much misunderstood King. PRAISE FOR DEREK WILSON'S PREVIOUS WORKS: The Uncrowned Kings of England: 'Stimulating and authorative' - John Guy 'Masterly. [Wilson] has a deep understanding of . . . characters, reaching out accross the centuries' - Sunday Times Hans Holbein: Portrait of an Unknown Man: 'Fascinating' Sarah Bradford, Daily Telegraph 'Highly readable . . . The most accurate and vivid portrayal to date' Alison Weir

A Brief History of the English Civil Wars

A Brief History of the English Civil Wars
Author : John Miller
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 240
Release : 2013-02-07
ISBN 10 : 9781472107626
ISBN 13 : 1472107624
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Brief History of the English Civil Wars Book Description:

Miller provides a clear and comprehensible narrative, a coherent and accurate synthesis, intended as a guide for students and the general reader to an extremely complex period in British history. His aim is to help readers avoid getting lost in a maze of detail and rather to maintain a grasp of the big picture. Although the English Civil War is usually seen, in England at least, as a conflict between two sides, it involved the Scots, the Irish and the army and the people of England, especially London. At some points, events occurred and perspectives changed with such disorienting rapidity that even those who lived through these events were confused as to where they stood in relation to one another. As the 1640s wore on, events unfolded in ways which the participants had not expected and in many cases did not want. Hindsight might suggest that everything led logically to the trial and execution of the king, but these were in fact highly improbable outcomes. Since the 1980s, a 'three kingdoms' approach has become almost compulsory, but Miller's focus is unashamedly on England. Events in Scotland and Ireland are covered only insofar as they had an impact on events in England.

A Brief History of Vampires

A Brief History of Vampires
Author : M.J. Trow
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 160
Release : 2013-02-07
ISBN 10 : 9781472107732
ISBN 13 : 147210773X
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Brief History of Vampires Book Description:

A historical journey in pursuit of the history, legend and lore of vampires. Where do they come from? Why do they have so much appeal today? As Twilight hits the book charts and billboards, and True Blood is on TV there are vampires in downtown clubs and never has it been more fashionable to be pale. M J Trow looks at the story of vampires and charts its origins a long way from the shopping mall in the story of the warrior prince, Vlad of Wallachia.