Bibliography for Longships, Vikings and
This is a collection of references to books, articles, etc.
that have been recommended to us as sources for material on the
Viking era and/or on Longships. The Longship Company, Ltd. makes
no claim as to the validity or availability of any of these
resources and presents them only as an example of what is out
there. Comments by the source of the information are included.
They are alphabetized within the following categories.
- Technical, Ships
- Atkinson, Ian, 1979, The Viking Ships,
Cambridge Topic Book. Cambridge University Press.
Excellent overview of the evolution of Viking ships,
their construction, handling, history, sea battles.
Description of the voyage of the Viking.
- Brogger, Anton Wilhelm and Haakon Shetelig, 1951, The
Viking Ships, Their Ancestry and Evolution,
Dreyers Forlag, Oslo, Norway. Good descriptions of how
the Oseburg, Tune and Gokstad ships were constructed and
furnished. Photographs of the ships in situ and
reconstructed. Photographs of artifacts found on the
ships. Drawings of motifs carved into the ships or their
- Neers, Niels; Breakwater Books Ltd. A Viking Ship
details the modern-day duplication using only period
tools of a ship unearthed in Denmark.
- Ashley, Clifford W.; originally published in 1944 The
Ashley Book of Knots, Random House, ISBN
0385040253 Mr. Ashley sailed on some of the last of the
whalers here is just about every knot conceivable.
- Maloney, Elbert S. and Chapman, Charles Frederick; Dec.
1999 Chapman Piloting, Seamanship and Boat
Handling; 63rd edition ISBN 0688168906 This book
is pretty much the handbook for the Coast Guard Auxiliary
and the U.S. Power Squadron. If you know nothing about
boats, this is a good place to start.
- Smith, Hervey Garrett; The Marlinspike Sailor.
A simple guide to useful marlinspike work for those who
DON'T want to know every knot in the world. The best
diagram for tying turk's heads ever found.
- Rousmaniere, John and Smith, Mark (illus) Oct. 1999 The
Annapolis Book of Seamanship 3rd revised edition and up
Simon and Shuster; ISBN 0684854201. The right way and the
Navy way, there is no wrong way. Similar to Chapman's but
with a more military spin.
See also Technical, Cultural
- Blondal, Sigfus, The Varangians of Byzantium
- Brisbane, Mark, Editor. Trans by Katherine Judelson., The
Archaeology of Novgorod, Russia., The Society for
Medieval Archeology monograph series: No. 13. Lincoln.
One of the few references on Novgorod available in
English. A good overview, lots of pictures, and an
- Bronsted, Johannas, 1976, The Vikings,
Penguin Books. Still available, inexpensive mostly
- Clare, John D. ed., 1992, The Vikings,
Harcort Brace and Co., Living History Series. All done
with reenactors and replicas and photo mosaic. The native
americans are incorrectly dressed and equiped but
otherwise is a good book.
- Guralnick, Eleanor ed., 1982, Vikings in the West,
Archaeological Institute of America. Best overview of
what is known and what are and aren't true Viking finds
in North America. Brief overview of Viking age Greenland.
- Hall Richard, 1990, Viking Age Archaeology in
Brirain and Ireland: Shire Archaeology. Small,
short, good intro to the subject.
- Jones, Gwyn, 1984, A History of the Vikings,
Oxford University Press. Still often cited and avalibale
through Barnes and Nobel. No pictures few maps. good
- Lang, James T., Viking Age Decorated Wood:A Study
of Its Ornament and Style
- Magnusson, Magnus, 1980, Viking, E.P.
Dutton, Companion book to the BBC Series inspired by the
excavations of Viking York. Good Photos Nice history
aimed at wide audience.
- Nordal, Sigudur, Icelandic Culture I have
this one-a little hard to read but useful
- Norlund, Poul, Viking Settlers in Greenland
- Page, R.I., 1987, Runes, University of
California, Reading the Past series. A basic factual
introduction to runes. A nonromantic view and discussion.
- Richards, Julian, 1991, Viking Age England,
Hippocrene Books, English Heritage. Very good, many maps,
photos, and covers all aspects of Viking life and warfare
- Roesdahl, Else and David M. Wilson, 1992, From
Viking to Crusader:Scandinavians and Europe 800-1200,
Rizzoli International Pub. Catalog and synopsus of the
most recent and thorough Viking exhibit that toured
Europe. Many photographs and good descriptions and
- Ryan, Michael ed., 1991 The Illustrated Archaeology
of Ireland, Country House, Dublin. One of the few
texts that cover Viking Age Ireland
- Time Life, 1993, Vikings: Raiders from the North,
Time Life, Lost Civilizations series. Basic intro with
special interest sections on Boats and exploration.
- Vince, Alan, Aspects of Saxo Norman London II Finds
and Environmental Evidence
- Wallace, Patrick, 1992 The Viking age Buildings of
Dublin, Royal Irish Academy. One of a series of
reports based on excavations of Wood Quey in Dublin.
- Wernick, Robert, 1979, The Vikings, Time
Life, Seafarers series. Basic intro, special section on
- Williams, Mary Ann, Social Life in the Scandinavian
- Wood, Michael, 1987, In search of the Dark Ages,
Facts on File. Nice Chapter on Erik Bloodaxe.
- Arwidsson, Greta and Gosta Berg, 1983, The
Mastermyr Find - a Viking Age Tool Chest from Gotland,
Borgstrom Tryckeri AB, Motala. The Mastermyr Find from
Sproge in the island of Gotland contains sets of
metalworking and carpentry tools together with some
objects rare for the Viking Period in Scandinavia, such
as a steelyard, three bells and a firegrid. Detailed
object description is complimented by 30 illustrative
plates. Pre-medieval comparative material and the dating
of the find are discussed as well as the ethnological
aspects of the find. Illustrations are on a 1:2 scale in
many cases. Scale is given in all cases. Some indications
have surfaced that these tools are post-Viking. But from
all evidence, the majority of them look and function just
the same as Viking-age tools (and, indeed, tools in use
- Batey, Colleen, et alia; James Graham-Campbell, ed.,
1994, Cultural Atlas of the Viking World.
Probably the best of all the books for a general
- Bender Jorgensen, Lise., 1992, North European
Textiles before 1000 A.D., Aarhus University
Press. Contains detailed information on several thousand
textile finds encompassing every major north European
culture outside Scandinavia. There is also some
information on Scandinavian finds, although most of them
were covered in the author's Forhistoriske Textiler i
Scandinavien (1986, with an extensive English summary).
Details of spinning and weaving in the catalogue are
balanced by several chapters reconstructing the details
of particular times and places. The
"Conclusions" chapter, offering a history of
textile industry and trade focusing on the Roman and
post-Roman period, ought to be required reading for
anyone interested in early period textiles.
- Collingwood, Peter, 1982, The Techniques of Tablet
Weaving, Watson-Guptill. Probably the single best
book on period tablet weaving published to date.
- Browne, Dik; Browne, Christover, 1985, Hagar the
Horrible's Very Nearly Complete Viking Handbook,
Workman Publishing Company, ISBN 0894809377. Atli is
mentioned in the credits.
- Dobson, Mary, 1998, Smelly Old History: Vike
Vikings, Oxford University Press. ISBN:
0199104948, Scratch 'N Sniff Book.
- Gibson, Michael, 1976, The Vikings,
Macdonald Educational Ltd., Peoples of the Past series.
Colorful with timelines.
- Magnusson, Magnus, 1986, Tales from Viking Times,
Music for Pleasure Ltd. Two cassette tape set of Norse
folktales and stories.
- Margeson, Susan M., 1994, Viking, Alfred A.
Knopf, Eyewitness Books. Good full color photos with
- The Vikings an Eyewitness book. Good for
kids and not obviously inaccurate.
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