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The Vikings in Ireland and Beyond: Before and After the Battle of Clontarf.


The Vikings in Ireland and Beyond: Before and After the Battle of Clontarf

Edited by Howard B. Clarke and Ruth Johnson

Four Courts Press


526 pages




This volume of themed essays was published under the auspices of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (est. 1849) to celebrate the 1,000-year anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf (1014). It provides a broader view of Scandinavian interactions with Ireland based on the most recent archaeological, literary, documentary, and art historical research. The essays cover various topics: one suggests that rather than hit-and-run raiders, there is evidence that the Norse established temporary bases on islands and coast; another finds that the roots of urbanism lay in the establishment of fortifications (the longphort; while others look at weaponry, monetary exchange, burial, art, craft, ornament and dress, and women in Norse studies, inter alia. Distributed in the US by ISBS. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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