Pocket Mu­seum: Vik­ings

By Steve Ashby and Ali­son Leonard Thames and Hud­son, £12.95, hard­back, 288 pages

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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

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