Their contemporaries saw them as a hostile and hateful people — faithless and cruel enemies of civilization. But recent evidence gathered from archaeological ruins and a studied reappraisal of their achievements indicates that the Vikings were more than just a seafaring, warrior people. They practiced a disciplined and structured way of life, and were bound by a strict code of honor. Author A. G. Smith has chronicled the saga of these feared and fearless adventurers in this thoroughly researched coloring book. Thirty-eight realistically rendered drawings, including six double-page spreads, trace the exciting story of the Norsemen, whose daring explorations and warring ways profoundly affected European history from the eighth through the eleventh centuries. Here are vivid recreations of Viking life in Norway and Iceland; of raids in England and France; depictions of their presence in America (Vinland) and Russia; ship constructions, weapons, art, literature, mythology, agriculture, decisive battles, runes, and much more. An informative introduction outlines Viking history and ways of life, while descriptive captions for each illustration provide additional, fascinating information. Colorists will find Story of the Vikings Coloring Book offers hours of rewarding and educational coloring fun; artists and illustrators will appreciate the remarkable royalty-free illustrations, ideal for book and magazine illustrations and a host of other graphic purposes.