Here is a spectacular and informative guide to the daring adventurers of the Viking Age. Color photographs of Viking ships and swords, clothes and shields, memorial stones and beautiful brooches offer a unique view into the lives of the Norse people and their outstanding achievements.
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Here is a spectacular and informative guide to the daring adventurers of the Viking Age. Color photographs of Viking ships and swords, clothes and shields, memorial stones and beautiful brooches offer a unique view into the lives of the Norse people and their outstanding achievements.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These welcome additions to the popular series combine wonderful photography with informative texts that are succinct and easy to read. They provide adequate introductions to their respective subjects and should encourage further exploration. Castle looks at European fortifications, Byzantine and Muslim-influenced constructions of the Crusades, and Japanese strongholds and defense strategies through photographs of architectural features, designs, and weapons. Everyday life is also documented with pictures of artifacts and people in period costumes. Beth Smith's Castles (Watts, 1988) is a good source for more extensive reading, including some tidbits about haunted castles. Viking presents an overview of this culture from music to mealtime, social hierarchy, to the more violent aspects of their explorations and expansions into new territories. Fascinating photographs of ships, weapons, and artifacts will attract reluctant readers. Hazel Mary Martell's The Vikings (New Discovery, 1992) is one of the more recent titles that can be used for further study.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405373302
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Sales rank: 354,937

Table of Contents

Who were the Vikings? 6
Lords of the sea 8
A Viking warship 10
Viking warriors 12
Weapons 14
Terrorizing the West 16
East into Russia 18
Discovering new lands 20
A Viking fort 22
Other ships 24
Trading east and west 26
Kings and freemen 28
Women and children 30
At home 32
Meal time 34
Animals, wild and imagined 36
Farming 38
Getting around 40
In the workshop 42
Spinning and weaving 44
Jewelry 46
Games, music, and stories 50
Gods and legends 52
Viking burials 54
Runes and picture stones 58
The Jelling Stone 60
The coming of Christianity 62
Did you know? 64
Who's who? 66
Find out more 68
Glossary 70
Index 72
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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    wonderful resource for studying the Vikings

    This is one of the "DK Eyewitness Books." When our younger son Jeremy was in grade 5, he was studying world history that year, and we supplemented the "textbook" (Investigating World History, which had been given to us by friends in Dayton, OH, and which we used with Mark earlier) with various nonfiction books about ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and now this one about the Vikings. With lavish full color photographs of people dressed in Viking attire, as well as Viking ships, houses, and other artifacts, this book helps us to visualize what the Vikings and their lives were really like. There are some 137 other "DK Eyewitness Books" listed. While Dorling Kindersley books are generally very good, highly recommended for visual appeal, and used by many homeschoolers in their curriculum, and we found nothing objectionable in this book, it is good to keep in mind that DK is not necessarily a "Christian" publishing company. In fact, one of the other titles listed is Evolution and another one entitled Prehistoric Life shows an "ape-man" on the cover.

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