Jón Viðar Sigurðsson is a Professor of History in the Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie, University of Oslo. He is the author of a large number of monographs and articles on Medieval Scandinavia including Den vennlige vikingen. Vennskapets makt i Norge og på Island ca. 900-1300 (Oslo, Pax, 2010), and Chieftains and Power in the Icelandic Commonwealth (Transl. Jean Lundskær-Nielsen, Odense 1999).
Timothy Bolton is an independent scholar and an honorary fellow of the School of History, University of Wales, Cardiff. He is the author of a monograph on The Empire of Cnut the Great: Conquest and the Consolidation of Power in Northern Europe in the Early Eleventh Century (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009), as well as a number of articles on Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Scandinavian history.
All interested in the history of Scandinavia and Ireland during the Viking Age from either a historical, archaeological art- or religious-historical, philological or interdisciplinary viewpoint.
Table of contents
Preface ... vii
List of Illustrations ... xv
List of Contributors ... xvii
1. Vikings’ Settlements in Ireland Before 1014 ... 1
2. Names for the Vikings in Irish Annals ... 23
3. Saints’ Cults and Gaelic-Scandinavian Influence around the Cumberland Coast and North of the Solway Firth ... 39
4. The Kingdom of Man and the Earldom of Orkney—Some Comparisons ... 65
Barbara E. Crawford
5. No Soil for Saints: Why was There No Native Royal Martyr in Man and the Isles? ... 81
6. Slavery, Power and Cultural Identity in the Irish Sea Region, 1066–1171 ... 97
7. Pagan Myth and Christian Doctrine ... 109
Jan Erik Rekdal
8. Ceramic and Cultural Change in the Hebrides AD 500–1300 ... 119
9. Homeland—Strange Land—New Land. Material and Theoretical Aspects of Defining Norse Identity in the Viking Age ... 151
Zanette Tsigaridas Glorstad
10. Viking Weapons in Irish Wetlands ... 171
11. From *AnleifR to Havelok: The English and the Irish Sea ... 187
Index ... 215