The Vikings in the West Country, by Derek Gore

The Vikings in the West Country, by Derek Gore
Published by the Mint Press in 2015, 190 pages. Paperback (N5949)

This book provides a fascinating history of Vikings in the West Country. It covers both the First and Second Viking Age, conquest, the fall of kingdoms, raids, hoards, metalwork, stone sculptures and place names, and provides a great sense of how the Vikings contributed to the diversity and the development of the West Country - an area stretching from Dorset all the way to Cornwall.

From the rear side cover: This book is the first to bring together and to analyse all the evidence for the Vikings in the West Country. There is little doubt that seaborne warriors from Scandinavia penetrated this region in the later Anglo-Saxon period since contemporary written accounts tell us so. They raided for silver, gold and slaves. They demanded ransoms and tribute. But some of their leaders had political ambitions; they wanted power in England. Vikings were also traders, craftspeople and settlers mingling with the existing population and becoming indistinguishable from them. Their cosmopolitan outlook and far-flung contacts influenced art in stone and metal and their language and culture made significant impacts on the area.

Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers have one or two minor scuffs and marks, but the spine is tight and intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
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