The Viking Age: Ireland and the West

The Viking Age: Ireland and the West – Proceedings of the Fifteenth Viking Congress, Cork, 2005

Edited by John Sheehan and Donnchadh Ó Corráin
Four Courts Press, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-84682-101-1

The relationship of Ireland with the Viking World is one of the enduring themes of the study of the Viking Age. The Fifteenth Viking Congress addressed key issues in the debate, including viking-age Ireland, the colonization of the North Atlantic, weapons and warfare, and the development of urbanism.


This book, comprising papers by more than fifty of the world’s leading Viking specialists, presents a broad range of ideas and approaches to these studies, supported by archaeological, historical, literary and linguistic evidence.

Based on the Fifteenth Viking Congress, which took place in Cork in 2005, this publication may be regarded as a quinennial review of Viking Studies by its leading proponents.


Conversion and the Church in Viking-Age Ireland – Lesley Abrams

Runic inscriptions and Viking-Age Ireland – Michael Barnes & Jan Ragnar Hagland

The Dunmore Cave [2] hoard and the role of coins in the tenth-century
Hiberno-Scandinavian economy – Kristin Bornholdt Collins


Ragnarök and the stones of York – Paul C. Buckland

Unsung heroes: the Irish and the Viking wars- Howard B. Clarke

Peaceful wars and scientific invaders: Irishmen, Vikings and palynological evidence for the earliest settlement of the Faroe Islands – Kevin J. Edwards & Douglas B. Borthwick

Laithlinn, ‘Fair Foreigners’ and ‘Dark Foreigners’: the identity and provenance of Vikings in ninth-century Ireland – Colmán Etchingham

Place-names as evidence for urban settlements in Britain in the Viking Period – Gillian Fellows-Jensen


Ribe: continuity or discontinuity from the eighth to the twelfth century? – Claus Feveile

Norwegian crosses in the Hebrides and Shetland? – Ian Fisher

Late Viking-Age runestones in Uppland: some gender aspects – Anne-Sofie Gräslund

Weapons and warfare in Viking-Age Ireland – Andrew Halpin

The Suffolk Street sword: further notes on the College Green cemetery, Dublin – Stephen H. Harrison

Who were the Papar? Typological structures in Íslendingabók- Pernille Hermann

Viking elements in Irish towns: Cork and Waterford -Maurice F. Hurley

The warrior ideal in the Late Viking Age – Judith Jesch

The Vikings in Conemara – Eamonn Kelly

Dotted runes: where did they come from? – James E. Knirk

Kirkwall revisited – Raymond Lamb

Viking-Age and Norse poetry in the Hebrides – Alan M. Lane

Viking-Age queens and the formation of identity – Shannon Lewis-Simpson

The ledung and the continuity of warfare from the Viking Age to the Middle Ages: the example of Sweden – Thomas Lindkvist

The baptism of Harald Bluetooth- Niels Lund

King Magnus Bareleg’s adventures in the West: the making of a King’s Saga- Else Mundal


Urbanism and Christianity in Norway- Sæbjørg Walaker Nordeide

Rebuiling the ‘city of angels’: Muirchertach Ua Briain and Glendalough, c.1096–1111 – Tomás Ó Carragáin

Culture clashes? The human remains from the Wood Quay excavations- Barra O’Donnabhain

Surtshellir: a fortified outlaw cave in West Iceland -Guðmundur Ólafsson, Kevin P. Smith & Thomas McGovern

Women in early towns -Ingvild Ǿye

Bridging the distribution gap: inscribed swords from Denmark – Anne Pedersen

Ninth-century Viking entries in the Irish annals: no ‘forty years’ rest’ – Emer Purcell

The metal detector and the Viking Age in England – Julian D. Richards & John Naylor

From Scandinavia to Spain: a Viking-Age reliquary in León and its meaning- Else Roesdahl

The sagas and courtly love- Daniel Sävborg

Life and death among the Picts and Vikings at Westness- Berit J. Sellevold

Colonel Sempronius Stretton and the reprovenancing of a Viking-Age hoard- John Sheehan

Weapons and warfare in Icelandic place-names- Svavar Sigmundsson

The Finglas burial: archaeology and ethnicity in Viking-Age Dublin – Maeve Sikora

The first phase of Viking activity in Ireland: archaeological evidence from Dublin – Linzi Simpson


Close ties and long-range relations: the emporia network in early Viking-Age exchange – Søren M. Sindbæck

Ailikn’s wagon and Óðinn’s warriors: the picture son the Gotlandic Andre monuments- Þórgunmur Snædal

Ulfberht revisited: a classification – Anne Stalsberg

Toftanes and the early Christianity of the Faroe Islands – Steffen Stummann Hansen

Cosmic aspects of sanctuaries in Viking-Age Scandinavia with comparisons to the West-Slavic area – Olof Sundqvist

The making of a centre: the case of Reykhold, Iceland – Guðrún Sveinbjarnardóttir

Ethnicity and class in settlement-period Iceland – Orri Vésteinsson

Hedeby, the settlement and the harbour: old data and recent research – Claus von Carnap-Bornheim, Volker Hilberg, Scen Kalmring & Joachim Schultze

Plot-use and access in an eleventh-century Dublin building level – Patrick F. Wallace

On eið-names in Orkney and other North Atlantic islands – Doreen Waugh

Textiles that work for their living: a late eleventh-century cloth from Cork, Ireland – Elizabeth Wincott Heckett


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