This list of books was specifically created to accompany the Teacher's Guide to the Norse (in 1993). This selection includes both popular and scholarly works. Those marked with an asterisk may prove most useful in a classroom setting.
A complete treatment of the subject. Features line drawings by Ake Gustavsson that are so clear and accurate that they can serve as construction blueprints. Line drawings, artifact photographs, 287 p.
One of the best overall books, detailed sections on ship building, craft techniques and art styles. Maps, clear illustrations, artifact photographs, 220 p.
Published in conjunction with a major exhibit mounted by the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Good survey of the subject with excellent photographs. Although there is a complete artifact catalogue from the exhibit, the listings are not linked to the photographs. Artifact photographs, 200 p.
The companion catalogue to the exhibit. The contents are a series of short articles by specialists in individual areas reflecting the current research. Many artifact images, but not well linked to the actual exhibit contents. Illustrations, many photographs, maps, artifact listings, extensive references, 432p.
A complete study of Norse culture and society. illustrations, some photographs (B&W), maps, extensive bibliography, 481p.
A popularised report on the excavation of the Coppergate site at York. Extensive collection of scaled artifact photographs and drawings, mostly of 'everyday' objects. Clear illustrations, artifact photographs, 158 p.
Although this volume does not include recent discoveries, it remains a classic work on the Norse. Covers political history as well as cultural and artifact information. Illustrations, some photographs (B&W), maps.
This is a marvelous story book for children of all ages. Although the stories are new, they are true to the flavour of the original saga tales. Each chapter is in the form of a separate tale, about four pages long, which mesh together to tell the adventures of Erik and his crew as they explore the mythical western ocean. Illustrations, 144 p.
A critical evaluation of Norse decorative styles and their development. illustrations, artifact photographs (B&W), bibliography, 173 p.
An excellent commentary on the religion of the Norse, and how it related to their 'world view'. Photographs are clear and large scale, but often give no clue as to the actual size of the artifact. Artifact photographs, 128 p.
A translation with commentary on the sources of the Graenlendinga and Eirik's Saga. 124 p.
A description of the Norse westward colonisation process, with a summary of the archeological evidence that supports it. illustrations, artifact photographs, 152 p.
An interpretation of the Saga evidence based on geography, a bit dated. Maps, 492 p.
The latest research presented in a popularised form, as well as a detailed catalogue from an extensive exhibition. (If you had only one book, this is the one to have - although it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to find!) Illustrations, artifact photographs, extensive bibliography, 430 p.
A complete overview of the Norse, including the latest information from current excavations. Illustrations, some artifact photographs (B&W), maps, excellent bibliography, 323 p.
A good overall summary of the subject, a bit dated. Illustrations, some artifact photographs (B&W), 208 p.
The single best overview of the archaeology of Vinland and L'Anse aux Meadows. What was found, what it means, and how it fits into a wider picture of the life of the Norse at the turn of the first millennium. All by someone who has spent a lifetime working on the site. Artifact images, Illustrations, many previously unpublished photographs, 127 p.
This handout was originally produced for the use of teachers as a resource for use in Viking Age / Early Medieval studies. It is offered here free of charge, and may be reproduced for educational use only, as a service by the Wareham Forge. Any other reproduction, by any means, is allowed only with the specific permission of the author. Researched and written by Darrell Markewitz (versions © 1993, 1996,1998, 2000, 2010).