Pocket Museum: Vikings
By Steve Ashby and Alison Leonard Thames and Hudson, £12.95, hardback, 288 pages
Despite often being portrayed simply as bloodthirsty warriors, the Viking people of the eighth to the 11th centuries also produced artefacts of great skill and beauty. This compact, elegantly designed book collects some of the finest examples, from objects reflecting their religious and recreational activities to jewellery, tools and coins. And if you’re fascinated by their fighting prowess, that’s covered too, with sections on ships and swords.
“The Vikings produced artefacts of great skill and beauty”
They were famed for raiding and pillaging, but this insight into Viking culture through 200 objects reveals a nuanced society