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The Vikings were seafaring Norse people from southern Scandinavia (present-day Denmark, Norway and Sweden) who lived in Northern Europe during the Middle Ages. The Vikings played a major role in Northern Europe during the Middle Ages, especially during the Viking Age which was from 790-1100 CE. Viking raided, pirated, traded and settled throughout parts of Europe. They explored both westward to England, Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland as well as eastward and southward through Russia to Constantinople, Iran, and Arabia. In the countries they raided and settled, the period is known as the Viking Age, and the term 'Viking' also commonly includes the inhabitants of the Norse homelands. The Vikings had a profound impact on the early medieval history of Scandinavia, the British Isles, France, Estonia, and Kievan Rus'. The word Viking actually means "to raid" in Old Norse.

The events of 1066 in England effectively marked the end of the Viking Age. By that time, all of the Scandinavian kingdoms were Christian, and what remained of Viking “culture” was being absorbed into the culture of Christian Europe.


Book recommendations pertaining to the Vikings.

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Way of the WavesRamirez, Janina2019UMG
YA
High Middle Ages790-1100ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsMCB
A Child's Introduction to Norse MythologyAlexander, Heather2018LE
MG
High Middle Ages790-1100ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsMPB
D'Aulaires' Book of Norse MythsD'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar2005LE
MG
High Middle Ages790-1100ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsMPB
The Saga of Erik the VikingJones, Terry1983UMG
YA
High Middle Ages790-1100ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsMN
Norse MythologyGaiman, Neil2017YA
A
High Middle Ages790-1100ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsMN
Riddle of the RunesRamirez, Janina2018UMG
YA
High Middle Ages790-1100ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsMCB
Guts & Glory: The VikingsThompson, Ben2016UMGHigh Middle Ages793-1066ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsNFCB
Life as a Viking: An Interactive History AdventureLassieur, Allison2010MGHigh Middle Ages793-1066ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsNFCB
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Viking ExplorerLangley, Andrew2001LE
MG
High Middle Ages800Scandinavia
North America
NorwayVikingsNFPB
Odd and the Frost GiantsGaiman, Neil2008MGHigh Middle Ages800ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsF
M
PB
CB
Arthur and the Golden RopeTodd-Stanton, Joe2020LE
MG
High Middle Ages800ScandinaviaIcelandVikingsM
F
PB
GN
The Last KingdomCornwell, Bernard2004AHigh Middle Ages867-876EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
The Pale HorsemanCornwell, Bernard2005AHigh Middle Ages876-878EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
The Lords of the NorthCornwell, Bernard2006AHigh Middle Ages878-881EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
Sword SongCornwell, Bernard2007AHigh Middle Ages886EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
The Burning LandCornwell, Bernard2009AHigh Middle Ages886EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
Death of KingsCornwell, Bernard2011AHigh Middle Ages899-902EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
The Pagan LordCornwell, Bernard2013AHigh Middle Ages909-910EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
The Empty ThroneCornwell, Bernard2014AHigh Middle Ages911EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
Warriors of the StormCornwell, Bernard2015AHigh Middle Ages917EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
The Flame BearerCornwell, Bernard2017AHigh Middle Ages918EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
War of the WolfCornwell, Bernard2018AHigh Middle Ages920EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
Sword of KingsCornwell, Bernard2019AHigh Middle Ages924EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
War LordCornwell, Bernard2020AHigh Middle Ages937EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel