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A History of the Vikings

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Best Book that I would love to have!!

    I would like to have this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    i agree this was a difficult read.the information is very good though. i hate that information about vikings is usually based on numismatics and the like,but any history fan will enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2004

    A Good but Difficult Read

    Being a decendent of Scandinavia, I wanted to really get an in-depth look at the history of the Vikings, and this book delivered. With that said, I really had a difficult time getting through this book. It is a difficult read by any measure. While the author's main focus was to give the reader a quite extensive look at the history of the Vikings, I felt that it could have been written in a way that it would be open to more readers. The author did an excellent job with the depth of the history, but it could have been a little easier to read, and that is the only reason whey I did not give this book five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2003

    Clearly written my foot!

    It's an extensive history I'll give it that. Some good illustrations and pictures. But this is hands down the most difficult to comprehend book I have ever tried to read. The writer needs to work on getting his ideas across in an easier to understand style. I'm no dummy...but this book sure made me feel stupid. A very interesting topic that I am eager to learn more about.....unfortunately this book did NOT help me at all. I would not recommend this to anyone short of a Harvard educated history professor with multiple degrees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    A Comprehensive, Satisfying Survey

    A clearly written, well-organized review of the full range of Viking history, from dim origins to far flung diaspora, to gradual fade. The story of the Greenland colony's disappearance is bone-chilling: like a subtle horror story, or a disturbing anxiety dream about neglect and loss. The mystery of it, and the other-worldly setting, raised the hairs on my spine. The book is an ample exploration of the entire gamut of Viking history, and strives to redress some of the demonization that has traditionally beset Vikings in history, presenting the archaeological evidence (such as it was in the late 60's--which is to say, not bad) alongside the contemporary accounts (including the fascinating diary entries of Arab travelers). Much of Viking history is a puzzle, so one must bear with some of the writer's detective work regarding placenames, dates, saga deconstruction and principal actors; but it helps to know the basis of the author's conclusions--where the firm ground is, and which claims are more or less tacit. The footnotes and bibliography are extensive and helpful.

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