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Book Launch: The Vikings: From Odin to Christ by Martyn Whittock
- Course Dates: Thu 14 March 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Sarum College Bookshop will be welcoming back Martyn Whittock who will be discussing The Vikings: From Odin to Christ.
The popular image of the Vikings is of tall red-headed men, raping and pillaging their way around the coast of Europe, stopping only to ransack monasteries and burn longships. But the violent Vikings of the 8th century became the pious Christians of the 11th century, who gave gold crosses to Christian churches and in whose areas of rule pagan idols were destroyed and churches were built. So how did this radical transformation happen, and why? What difference did it make to the Vikings, and to those around them, and what is their legacy today? This book takes a ‘global’ look at this key period in Viking history, exploring all the major areas of Viking settlement.
Martyn Whittock is a Licensed Lay Minister in the Church of England. He has acted as an historical consultant to the National Trust and English Heritage. He retired from teaching in July 2016 to devote more time to writing. He is the author or co-author of forty-seven books.