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Viking Legacy

Viking Legacy is the result of more than 25 years of research by one of Norway’s preeminent scholars on the Norse Sagas and Viking Age period The book is a crucial tool for those wanting to penetrate to the heart of the Viking Civilization to better understand its role in shaping history.

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More than marauders and bloodthirsty conquerors, the Vikings were builders of a civilization which influence may still be seen in the modern world. The Viking Age is arguably one of the most fascinating epochs in history, and in this book, a new narrative is presented based on Viking history as it is told in the Norse Sagas.

Viking Legacy represents a new generation of books exploring the Viking Age. By integrating the Saga literature with other sources, a more complete picture emerges of this increasingly popular era, and a civilization that would change the course of history.

• 424 pages

• Maps and illustrations

• Historical chronology spanning 9AD–1387AD

• Complete list of Viking age Kings and regents in Norway

• Separate articles on historiography and oral culture


Torgrim Titlestad, professor, dr.philos. is one of Norway’s foremost experts and most prolific authors on the Viking Age and Saga history. He is the recipient of the Saga Award (2016) and was appointed Knight of the Order of the Falcon (2017) by Iceland’s President, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, for his work with the Norse sagas, especially Tormod Torfæus’ Magnum Opus Historia Rerum Norvegicarum and the Icelandic saga treasure Flateyjarbók.

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