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1. Viking raiders, Scandinavian Kingdoms and the wider world; 2. The Beginnings; 3. First contact: England and the continent; 4. Ireland and Scotland; 5. A Water World; 6. Conquest and integration, c. 950-1260; 7. The second Viking age in England, c. 970-1066; 8. The Irish Sea; 9. Scotland and the Vikings; 10. Orkney and Shetland; 11. Crossing the North Atlantic; 12. Sailing the North Atlantic; 13. Scandinavia and European integration: reform and rebirth; 14. Conclusion.
Angelo Forte is Chair of Commercial Law at the University of Aberdeen and a specialist in maritime law. Richard Oram is Lecturer in Scottish Medieval History and Environmental History at the University of Stirling. He has published widely on aspects of Scottish medieval history and archaeology. Frederik Pedersen is Lecturer in History at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of Marriage Disputes in Medieval England (2000).
'... this bold new history of the Vikings.' Scotland on Sunday 'The evocative 'empires' of this book's title draws attention to the Scandinavians' exceptional range of operations and should raise interesting questions about the nature of political power in the Viking Age.' Times Literary Supplement 'This is an important book and will force many to look again at their understanding of British and European history in this formative period.' Contemporary Review '... a great deal of information ... well worth the attention of readers ...' The Mariner's Mirror