...the authors have penned a concise narrative on Viking Age Iceland, with the most intelligent discussion available on the Gael-Gadhillapostate Celts who allied with the Norse invaders and gave their name to later Galway. Maps and illustrations are excellent. Highly recommended.
"The chapters discussing maritime skills of the Vikings--brilliant historical narrative--combine documentary sources such as sagas with archaeology and historical reconstructions of Viking ships to show how these early mariners could sail the harsh seas of the North Atlantic (even braving such horrors as occasional rogue waves). The description of the construction of the keelson, designed to keep the mast in place in Viking ships, and of the rigging of Viking ships is also particularly evocative material. This book will be wecomed by Viking specialists and medievalists and will be bot huseful and interesting for general readers."
-William E. Watson, Immaculata University
"The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps. For studies of navigation, shipbuilding, and Scandinavian history after the eleventh century, Viking Empires is a useful book."
-Benjamin Hudson, Pennsylvania State University, Journal of Medieval Studies
Viking Empires is a definitive history of five hundred years of Viking civilization and the first study of the global implications of the expansion, integration, and reorientation of the Viking World. From the first contact in the 790s the book traces the political, military, social, cultural and religious history of the Viking Age from Iceland to Lithuania. The book concludes with a new account of the end of the Viking era, and argues that there was no sudden decline but only the gradual absorption of the Empire by Scandinavian kingdoms.