The Vikings

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The Vikings
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Chantilly, VA
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18 sound discs : digital. ; 4 3/4 in. + 3 course guidebooks (22 cm.)
Course guidebooks laid in containers.
Thirty-six lectures on 18 discs in 3 containers.
Compact discs.
Part 1. lecture 1. The Vikings in Medieval history -- lecture 2. Land and people of Medieval Scandinavia -- lecture 3. Scandinavian society in the Bronze Age -- lecture 4. Scandinavia in the Celtic and Roman Ages -- Lecture 5. The age of migrations -- lecture 6. The Norse gods -- lecture 7. Runes, poetry, and visual arts -- lecture 8. Legendary kings and heroes -- lecture 9. A revolution in shipbuilding -- lecture 10. Warfare and society in the Viking Age -- lecture 11. Merchants and commerce in the Viking Age -- lecture 12. Christendom on the eve of the Viking Age.
Part 2. lecture 13. Viking raids on the Carolingian Empire -- lecture 14. The Duchy of Normandy -- lecture 15. Viking assault on England -- lecture 16. The Danelaw -- lecture 17. Viking assault on Ireland -- lecture 18. Norse Kings of Dublin and Ireland -- lecture 19. The settlement of Iceland -- lecture 20. Iceland - a frontier republic -- lecture 21. Skaldic poetry and sagas -- lecture 22. Western voyages to Greenland and Vinland -- lecture 23. Swedes in the Baltic Sea and Russia -- lecture 24. The road to Byzantium.
Part 3. lecture 25. From Varangians into Russians -- lecture 26. Transformation of Scandinavian Society -- lecture 27. St. Anskar and the First Christian Missions -- lecture 28. Formation of the Kingdom of Denmark -- lecture 29. Cnut the Great -- lecture 30. Collapse of Cnut's Empire -- lecture 31. Jarls and Sea Kings of Norway -- lecture 32. St. Olaf of Norway -- lecture 33. Kings of the Swedes and Goths -- lecture 34. Christianization and economic change -- lecture 35. From Vikings to crusaders - - lecture 36. The Viking legacy.
As explorers and traders, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of Western Europe. In this course the Vikings will be studied not only as warriors, but also in other roles for which they are equally extraordinary: merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.
Kenneth W. Harl
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I had no idea of the extensive exploits and influence of The Vikings. This is a fascinating series exploring those early explorers told in a thoroughly entertaining manner. Professor Harl has an excellent voice for recording, he is easy to understand and his voice is pleasant to listen to for hours, an excellent quality since the series amounts to 18 discs. He presents not only a clear time line of events but the history of the various Scandinavian other nations and persons involved. There is ample discussion of the conditions of physical life, beliefs, mores, theology and technology and mention of the sources of this information to make a wonderful picture of the life and times.
I picked them up out of curiosity (in ignorance), wondering how one could do a three part series on The Vikings. Now I know, it could have been larger... and I would have listened to them all.