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The Fury of the Northmen: Saints, Shrines and Sea-Raiders in the Viking Age Ad 793-878 Hardcover – May 1, 1995


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  • Hardcover: 194 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312130805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312130800
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,967,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Twelve centuries ago sea-raiders out of the north fell upon the holy island of Lindisfarne, chosen by Saint Aidan as his "Iona in the East" and hallowed as the shrine of its hermit-bishop Cuthbert, the great patron saint of the northern English. The year A.D. 793 is accepted as marking the onset of three centuries of Scandinavian expansion into the British islands still known as "The Viking Age." In its time, it came as nothing short of a cataclysm, the apocalypse made manifest on the sands of Northumbria. By exploring the scant documentary evidence left behind by those who were the most sorely oppressed by the Northmen, Marsden, the author of numerous books on early English history, brings alive the stark reality of the Viking raids that shattered the peace of the British Isles. For Scandinavian collections in academic libraries.
Michael Coleman, Alabama Regional Lib. for Blind & Physically Handicapped, Montgomery
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Brown on August 2, 2011
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I will be brief as this is not a book on every history or hagiography fan's shortlist.
The truth is that I bought this book of a Barnes & Noble discount/bargain shelf years ago, but it so affected me that it is one of the few in my collection I have read multiple times.

To my understanding the author is not famous in the USA, but he should be. His research is detailed, thorough, and complete on the topic, but the text is anything but boring to me. it unfolds slowly like a serial made for a sophisticated audience. I find much in this work to feed my other interests in primitive western christian history. For those interested in patristics or hagiography there is a lot of unheralded meat here. It is, on the whole, one of the most rewarding and informative of such works that I have read. My whole concept of the "viking" raids, the seachange in the western world as a result of such, and the heroism of the times - all have been reshaped to some extent by Marsden's skillful work here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John A. Purcell on November 9, 2012
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after reading this book,I discovered just what a history changing effect these people made.The book is so well written,it's impossible not to know that author is an authority on this subject.The Irish and the Scots suffered greatly from these invasions or intrusions form the northmen,however,in the perspective of time,we see that they created cities such as Dublin and Limerick,married the Celtic people and gave them red and blonde hair,but the story is so fascinating,dont miss it!
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