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The following are a selected list of sources that can be found for free online. I am continually updating this bibliography and it is neither comprehensive nor exhaustive. There are innumerable books out there about the Vikings, and these are but a select few that I find both useful and accessible to the average Viking history enthusiast. I will be continually adding more books as I come across them, as well as links to online primary sources as I find them/as they are published.

Primary Sources

Sources for Viking History found online

  • For English translations of the bulk of the Viking sources in the British Isles and Western Europe, visit Yale’s collection, posted by Anders Winroth. CLICK HERE. (retrieved 01/23/17)
  • Here is an English translation of Ibn Fadlan’s account of the Rus. CLICK HERE. (retrieved 01/23/17)
  • Here are excerpts from the Russian Primary Chronicle where it concerns the Rus. CLICK HERE.
  • For translations of the Sagas of the Icelanders, visit the Icelandic Saga Database.

Sources for Mythology found online

For a translation of Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda, a good translation is available on Project Gutenberg. CLICK HERE. (retrieved 01/23/17)

For the Poetic Edda, or Codex Regius, CLICK HERE. (retrieved 01/23/17)

Secondary Sources

Barraclough, Eleanor Rosamund. Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford UP, 2016. Print.

Brink, Stefan, and Neil S. Price. The Viking World. London: Routledge, 2008. Print.

Cassard, Jean-Christophe. La Bretagne Des Premiers Siècles. Paris: J.-P. Gisserot, 1994. Print.

Cassard, Jean-Christophe. Le Siècle Des Vikings En Bretagne. Paris: Editions Jean-Paul Gisserot, 1996. Print.

Cavill, Paul. Vikings: Fear and Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2001. Print.

Codoñer, Juan Signes. The Emperor Theophilos and the East, 829-842: Court and Frontier in Byzantium during the Last Phase of Iconoclasm. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Limited, 2014. Print.

Coupland, Simon. Carolingian Coinage and the Vikings: Studies on Power and Trade in the 9th Century. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007. Print.

Dolley, Michael. Viking Coins of the Danelaw and of Dublin. London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1965. Print.

Duczko, Wladyslaw. Viking Rus: Studies on the Presence of Scandinavians in Eastern Europe. Leiden: Brill, 2004. Print.

Ferguson, Robert. The Vikings: A History. New York: Viking, 2009. Print.

Franklin, Simon, and Jonathan Shepard. The Emergence of Rus, 750-1200. London: Longman, 1996. Print.

Graham-Campbell, James, Richard Andrew Hall, and Judith Jesch. Vikings and the Danelaw. Oxford: Oxbow, 2001. Print.

Hadley, D. M. The Northern Danelaw: Its Social Structure, C. 800-1100. London: Leicester UP, 2000. Print.

Hodges, Richard. Goodbye to the Vikings?: Re-reading Early Medieval Archaeology. London: Duckworth, 2006. Print.

Hogg, Richard M., N. F. Blake, Roger Lass, Suzanne Romaine, R. W. Burchfield, and John Algeo. The Cambridge History of the English Language. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1992. Print.

Holman, Katherine. The Northern Conquest: Vikings in Britain and Ireland. Oxford: Signal, 2007. Print.

Jesch, Judith. The Scandinavians from the Vendel Period to the Tenth Century: An Ethnographic Perspective. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: Boydell, 2002. Print.

Jesch, Judith. Women in the Viking Age. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell, 1991. Print.

Jones, Gwyn. A History of the Vikings. London: Oxford U.P., 1968. Print.

Klæsøe, Iben Skibsted. Viking Trade and Settlement in Continental Western Europe. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum, U of Copenhagen, 2010. Print.

Lavelle, Ryan. Alfred’s Wars: Sources and Interpretations of Anglo-Saxon Warfare in the Viking Age. Woodbridge: Boydell, 2010. Print.

Logan, F. Donald. The Vikings in History. London: Routledge, 1995. Print.

Nelson, Janet L. The Annals of St-Bertin. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1991. Print.

Oliver, Neil. The Vikings. New York, NY: Pegasus, 2013. Print.

Pohl, Benjamin. Writing History in the Middle Ages: Dudo of Saint-Quentin’s Historia Normannorum: Tradition, Innovation and Memory. Woodbridge, United Kingdom: Boydell & Brewer, 2015. Print.

Plokhy, Serhii. The Origins of the Slavic Nations: Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2006. Print.

Saxo, and Douglas B. Killings. The Danish History. Champaign, IL: Book Jungle, 2008. Print.

Thorpe, Lewis, Einhard, and Notker. Two Lives of Charlemagne. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1969. Print.

Van Houts, Elisabeth M. C. The Normans in Europe. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2000. Print.

Whittow, Mark. The Making of Byzantium, 600-1025. Berkeley: U of California, 1996. Print.

Winroth, Anders. The Age of the Vikings. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2014. Print.

 

Primary Sources for my research specifically

And finally, the primary sources on the research that I am currently conducting on the Vikings in Brittany. Again, this list is not exhaustive.

  • “Annales Engolismenses ” MGH SS XVI. Ed. Holder-Egger, O. Hanover1859. 486. Print.
  • “Annals of Fontanelle (Annales Fontanellenses; Chronicle of St-Wandrille).” Ed. Laporte, J. Rouen and Paris: Société de L’Histoire de Normandie, 1951. Vol. 15. Print.
  • “Annals of Fulda (Annales Fuldenses).” MGH SRG. Ed. Kurze, F. Hanover1891. Print.
  • Nelson, J.L. The Annals of St-Bertin. Manchester University Press, 1991. Print.
  • “Annals of St-Vaast (Annales Vedastini).” MGH SRG. Ed. Simson, B. Von. Hanover1909. Print.
  • Maguire, C.M.M., et al. Annals of Ulster: A. D. 431-1056. Ed. By W. M. Hennessy. H. M. Stationery Office, 1887. Print.
  • “Annals of Xanten (Annales Xantenses).” MGH SRG. Ed. Simson, B. Von. Hanover1909. Print.
  • Robinson, Charles H. Anskar, the Apostle of the North, 801-865, Translated from the Vita Anskarii by Bishop Rimbert. London: SPCK, 1921. Print.
  • Rogers, B., and B.W. Scholz. Carolingian Chronicles: Royal Frankish Annals and Nithard’s Histories. University of Michigan Press, 1972. Print.
  • Prüm, Regino of. “Chronicon.” MGH SRG. Ed. Kurze, F. Hanover1890. Print.
  • Ermentarius. De Translationibus Et Miraculis Sancti Filiberti. Ed. Poupardin, R. Paris: A. Picard, 1905. Print.
  • Sturluson, S., et al. Egil’s Saga : Penguin Classics. Penguin Books Limited, 2004. Print.
  • Thegan. “Gesta Hludowici Imperatoris.” MGH SS II. Ed. Pertz, G. Berlin1829. Print.
  • Flodoard. “Historia Remensis Ecclesiae.” MGH SS XIII Ed. Waitz, Ed. I. Heller and G. Hanover1881. Print.
  • Nithard. “Historiarum Libri Iv.” Histoire des Fils de Louis le Pieux. Ed. Lauer, P. Paris1926. Print.
  • Merlet, R. La Chronique De Nantes (570 Environ-1049). BiblioBazaar, 2008. Print.
  • Finlay, A., and Þ.E. Jóhannesdóttir. The Saga of the Jómsvikings: A Translation with Full Introduction. De Gruyter, 2018. Print.
  • Stammerer, N. Two Lives of Charlemagne. Penguin Books Limited, 2013. Print.
  • Ermentaire. Vie Et Miracles De Saint-Philbert. Eds. Delhommeau, abbé Louis, Claude Bouhier and Préf. Jacques Oudin. Noirmoutier-en-l’Île: Les Amis de l’Île de Noirmoutier, 1999. Print.
  • Astronomer. “Vita Hludovici Pii.” MGH LXIV. Ed. Tremp, E. Hanover1995. Print.

 

Other sources not listed in this list appear in the individual articles themselves. If there’s one you are looking for in particular, feel free to send me a message about it and I’ll track it down for you and where you can find it.

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