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Vikings in Ireland: Settlement, Trade, and Urbanization

PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:35 am
by finnobreanan
For Christmas my father-in-law bought me Vikings in Ireland: Settlement, Trade, and Urbanization, by Mary A. Valante and published by Four Courts Press (God I love their books and can hardly afford them!).
http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/product.p ... ductID=781

This is a very scholarly book that is incredibly well researched. The emphasis is not on Viking raiding and battles, which are well covered by other authors, but examines the why, where and when of Viking imigration and settlement in Ireland. The book is divided into chapters on:
1. Early Irish Economics
2. Longphort...Viking setlement in Ireland
3. Ireland and Scandanavia in the 9th century
4. Impact of Viking settlement
5. Settlement and Turf wars (Viking vs. Viking)
6. International trade and economy
7. Local trade and economy
8. From Clontarf to the Normans

The book is heavily footnoted and well documented. What I really liked is that the author divides each chapter into digestable sections (there is a lot of information here) and the summarises each chapter very well. The entire book is then concluded in a very easy to understand chapter. For any serious student of the Viking influence in Ireland, this book is a "Must Read".

Re: Vikings in Ireland: Settlement, Trade, and Urbanization

PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:48 am
by claimhteoir
I'd say it's a fantastic read. Thanks for sharing!

Re: Vikings in Ireland: Settlement, Trade, and Urbanization

PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:14 pm
by the_power
Wow, cool. Our head chef in work bought it for me as a christmas present, and I assumed it was mainly fluff, so hadn't even opened it yet. Yay.

John

Re: Vikings in Ireland: Settlement, Trade, and Urbanization

PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:15 am
by claimhteoir
Oh nice! Good present! I got T.M. Charles Edwards "Early Christian Ireland", O Cronin's "The History of Ireland Vol. 1: Prehistoric and Early Medieval Ireland", Cosgrove's "The History of Ireland Vol. 2: Medieval Ireland 1169-1534" and O Siochru's "God's Executioner: Cromwell's campaign in Ireland". I've a lot of reading to do. I'm also expecting Irish Kings and High Kings by FJ Byrne... well, I've been told to expect it.

Re: Vikings in Ireland: Settlement, Trade, and Urbanization

PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:36 am
by finnobreanan
claimhteoir wrote:Oh nice! Good present! I got T.M. Charles Edwards "Early Christian Ireland", O Cronin's "The History of Ireland Vol. 1: Prehistoric and Early Medieval Ireland", Cosgrove's "The History of Ireland Vol. 2: Medieval Ireland 1169-1534" and O Siochru's "God's Executioner: Cromwell's campaign in Ireland". I've a lot of reading to do. I'm also expecting Irish Kings and High Kings by FJ Byrne... well, I've been told to expect it.


Dam Eoin! Santa Clause was good to you! My Wife bought me Hospitality in Ireland: 900-1500, by Catherine Marie O'Sullivan, but I havenen't started reading yet. Once I wade through it I will post a review.

Re: Vikings in Ireland: Settlement, Trade, and Urbanization

PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:04 pm
by RecycledViking
I recently picked up The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Nancy Marie Brown at the Strand in NYC. It was $12.50 and it looked like a breezy read (bibliography but no footnotes). I started reading it and I was amazed. The author is not a re-enactor per se, but she has experience on archaeological digs, replica ship sailings, and is well-acquainted with medieval Icelandic literature.
I would of course prefer everything to be footnoted to Hel, but having colloquial discussions on female clothing, ship construction, and saga interpretation is awesome!

Re: Vikings in Ireland: Settlement, Trade, and Urbanization

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:24 pm
by the_power
So, I just finished this book.

I can honestly say it's REQUIRED reading for anyone doing reenactment of anything Norse in Ireland. Really, really wonderful stuff.

John

Re: Vikings in Ireland: Settlement, Trade, and Urbanization

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:10 pm
by Cathal
Thank you, guys - I've ordered my book just a few minutes ago.

Wooohoooo!!! :D