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The Hammer and the Cross

The Hammer and the Cross

A New History of the Vikings

  • Author: Robert Ferguson
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141923873
  • Category: History
  • Page: 464
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For those living outside Scandinavia, the Viking Age effectively began in 793 with an attack on the monastery at Lindisfarne. The attack on Lindisfarne was a characteristically violent harbinger of what was in store for Britain and much of Europe from the Vikings for the next 300 years, until the final destruction of the heathen temple to the Norse gods at Uppsala around 1090. Robert Ferguson is a sure guide across what he calls 'the treacherous marches which divide legend from fact in Viking Age history'. His long familiarity with the literary culture of Scandinavia - the eddas, the poetry of the skalds and the sagas - is combined with the latest archaeological discoveries and the evidence of picture-stones, runes, ships and objects scattered all over northern Europe, to make the most convincing modern portrait of the Viking Age in any language. The Hammer and the Cross ranges from Scandinavia itself to Kievan Rus and Byzantium in the east, to Iceland, Greenland and the north American settlements in the west. Beyond its geographical boundaries the book takes us on a journey to a misty region inhabited by Hallfred the Troublesome Poet, Harald Bluetooth, Ragnar Hairy-Breeches, Ivar the Boneless and Eyvind the Plagiarist, in which literature, history and myth dissolve into one another.

The Hammer and the Cross

The Hammer and the Cross

  • Author: Harry Harrison
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575115955
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 320
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865 A.D. Warring kings rule over the British Isles, but the Church rules over the kings. Powerful bishops and black-robed priests fill their cathedrals with gold, while threatening all who oppose them with damnation. But there are those who do not fear the priests, and they are the dreaded Vikings of Scandinavia. Among these Northern invaders, those who follow the Way of the Gods of Asgard carry the Hammer of Thor as their emblem, and they are sworn to increase mankind's knowledge and strength by conquest and by craft. And as Viking warlords cast hungry eyes upon a weak and divided Britain, the Way collides with the Church, launching an all-out war between The Hammer and the Cross. At the center of this bloody conflict is Shef, bastard son of a Norse raider and a captive English lady. A smith and a warrior, he is driven by strange visions that seem to come from Odin himself. Torn by divided loyalties, Shef alone dares to imagine new weapons and tactics with which to carve out a kingdom - and threaten the holy power of Rome itself!

The Cross and the Hammer

The Cross and the Hammer

  • Author: H. Bedford-Jones
  • Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
  • ISBN: 9781434474131
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 108
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H. Bedford-Jones, the "King of the Pulps," offers an exciting historical novella about the introduction of Christianity into Norway. Illustrated.

Encyclopfdia of Superstitions, Folklore, and the Occult Sciences of the World

Encyclopfdia of Superstitions, Folklore, and the Occult Sciences of the World

  • Author: Cora Linn Daniels,C. M. Stevans
  • Publisher: The Minerva Group, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9781410209153
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 668
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Originally published in 1903, this is an excellent source for an historical perspective on superstitions and folklore. Hundreds of entries are arranged alphabetically within broad subject categories. The original subtitle reads: "A comprehensive library of human belief and practice in the mysteries of life through more than six thousand years of experience and progress including the fundamental intuitions and instincts underlying the structure of civilization, theology, mythology, demonology, magic, witchcraft, esoteric philosophy, signs, omens, oracles, sorceries, auguries, divinations, prophecies, methods and means employed in revealing fortune and fate, systems and formulas for the use of psychical forces, hypnotism, clairvoyance, telepathy, spiritualism, character reading and character building with all the known powers and wonders of mind and soul, illustrated with numerous ancient and modern designs and thoroughly indexed."

Cheaper Than Therapy

Cheaper Than Therapy

  • Author: Matthew Engel
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1411631315
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 176
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Cheaper than therapy is the true story of a naive, sheltered young man from the northern suburbs of Detroit. The young man bobs and weaves his way through high school, and decides to go to college with all the forthought that goes into buying a candy bar at Walmart. Follow the author through those heady days of high school, including the first car, the first job, and a round or two with old John Barleycorn. His spur of the moment decision to go to college, finds him getting in over his head in the shark infested waters of academia, with some humorous misadventures along the way. During his college years he lands a job at a summer camp that changes his life forever. Follow him on a journey that takes him back to that very same camp, to have closure for an accident on a fateful day in July 1981. Cheaper than therapy is a labor of love. It is the author's baby, which took 25 years to deliver.

Into the Ocean

Into the Ocean

Vikings, Irish, and Environmental Change in Iceland and the North

  • Author: Kristjan Ahronson
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 1442665084
  • Category: History
  • Page: 264
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That Gaelic monasticism flourished in the early medieval period is well established. The “Irish School” penetrated large areas of Europe and contemporary authors describe North Atlantic travels and settlements. Across Scotland and beyond, Celtic-speaking communities spread into the wild and windswept north, marking hundreds of Atlantic settlements with carved and rock-cut sculpture. They were followed in the Viking Age by Scandinavians who dominated the Atlantic waters and settled the Atlantic rim. With Into the Ocean, Kristján Ahronson makes two dramatic claims: that there were people in Iceland almost a century before Viking settlers first arrived c. AD 870, and that there was a tangible relationship between the early Christian “Irish” communities of the Atlantic zone and the Scandinavians who followed them. Ahronson uses archaeological, paleoecological, and literary evidence to support his claims, analysing evidence ranging from pap place names in the Scottish islands to volcanic airfall in Iceland. An interdisciplinary analysis of a subject that has intrigued scholars for generations, Into the Ocean will challenge the assumptions of anyone interested in the Atlantic branch of the Celtic world.

The Nummo

The Nummo

The Truth About Human Origins

  • Author: Shannon Dorey
  • Publisher: Elemental Expressions Ltd.
  • ISBN: 0987681389
  • Category: History
  • Page: 294
  • View: 5350
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Dorey's research shows the African Dogon religion to be the oldest mythology in the world. It existed in Africa long before humans migrated to other areas. Dorey has found fragments of the Dogon religion all over the world. The Nummo, the title of the book, refers to alien beings who were considered immortal by the Dogon people. According to the Dogon, these fish and serpent like beings came to Earth from the stars. When they died and were reborn they could remember their previous existence. The Dogon elder Ogotemmêli described life and death for the amphibious Nummo as being like a snake shedding its skin. According to the Dogon, in the beginning of human existence immortality was the norm and time, as we know it, was irrelevant. This book is vital in the search for the truth about human origins.

The Eurasian Gentile

The Eurasian Gentile

Memoir

  • Author: Francisco A. Cruz
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing
  • ISBN: 1490750746
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 602
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In this book he will take you behind the scenes of views on an amazing variety of subjects, from the character of the Eurasians domiciled in the San Francisco Archdiocese. Who discussed relativity and the atom bomb; analyzed Marxism and Communism, comparing both to Christianity and Democracy. It displays the intellectual grasp of both spiritual and temporal problems of our society in the signs of times. From 1914 the Cruz family moved to Shanghai it resonates with todays conflicts and challenges of endless wars. And, it was truly providential they had survived these many years! As a historian in his own right, is emerging as an author of alternative history. Thus, an epic story on Moses of the Old Testament about the Exodus of Israelites from Egypt into the Promise Land is being retold in resemblance of this modern day narrative in The Eurasian Gentile. With great conviction, one who ponders the fate of the free world and speaks of Americas destiny in the present world crisis and the philosophy of life and living which embraces love of God, love of neighbor, and love of country.. By the Grace of God, the writer has captured all his personal history in this memoir incorporating his life experiences throughout his many travels.

Stars and Stripes Forever

Stars and Stripes Forever

Stars and Stripes

  • Author: Harry Harrison
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575115645
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 320
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In 1861 the American Civil War was in its first lethal year. Britain favoured the Confederacy - and the United Kingdom's hostility to the North increased to a flashpoint when a Union warship stopped a British vessel at sea. At that moment, there was a very real risk of war between Britain and the Union. Would Britain have invaded the United States? And if she had - what would have happened? This brilliantly envisaged alternative history shows on a truly epic scale the terrible consequences of such an action. For by the middle of the last century, warfare was already industrialised. Steam-powered ironclad ships at sea and trench warfare, powerful cannon and rapid firing guns on land had revolutionised the business of mass slaughter. Men died in battle on a scale never before seen.

The Singer and the Sea

The Singer and the Sea

  • Author: Michael Scott Rohan
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0575092262
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 192
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Gille Kilmarsson is a mastersmith and musician in a quiet northern town. But he yearns for something more. When he saves a Southern merchant ship from the savagery of the corsairs, he takes as his only reward an old musical instrument. And his life changes forever. For the instrument has an ancient, magical past and it soon leads Gille and his companion, Olvar, on an amazing voyage of adventure and discovery. A voyage in which they must confront not only the mysteries of the sea but also a ruthless, barbaric tribe intent on massacring an ancient people fleeing the encroachment of the restless Ice...