The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings

The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings

by Lars Brownworth


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ISBN-13: 9781909979123
Publisher: Crux Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 12/24/2014
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 116,370
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lars Brownworth, the author of Lost to the West and The Normans, created the genre-defining history podcast 12 Byzantine Rulers. Lars has written for the Wall Street Journal, and he has been profiled in the New York Times. He lives in Maryland with his wife. Visit him at

Joe Barrett has been a working stage, screen, and recording booth actor since 1974 and an award-winning and eight-time Audie Award-nominated audiobook narrator since 1999. He also practiced law for five years-but don't hold that against him. Joe is married to actress Andrea Wright, and together they have four children.

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The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the authors' "The Normans: From Raiders to Kings" and so was looking forward to this as well. I was not disappointed. The author makes history come alive. And he makes it a page turner.
LOBOPA More than 1 year ago
The Sea Wolves is a chronological story depicting the Viking conquests of Ireland, Scotland,Wales and Great Britian. The effect of the Viking mythology and culture is woven into the reasons for their relentless battles and conquests. The term sea wolves is a moniker given to the Vikings for their swiftness in attacking monastaries and villages. I learned that many of the successful Viking conquests were due to the fact that many cultures such as Ireland did not anticipate any invasions from any enemy. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of the Vikings and the area of the British isles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I generally do not enjoy history books, but Sea Wolves is a page-turner!
nriver More than 1 year ago
Extremely fascinating book. I learned a great deal about the Vikings, 90% of which was new. Written in a way that not only follows historical lines, but with details that broaden out the narrative to make the individuals totally human and real. The book never seems to bog down into a history lesson. Yet history it is, complete with time lines, impact on cultures, exploratioion. And military tactics. And weapon and Sea-Doo ingredients advances. And trivia: ever wonder where the nautical term "starboard" comes from? Highly recommend.
redstar More than 1 year ago
For a book I wouldn't usually read, I couldn't put it down. Descriptive and full of things I never knew or even considered.
55T-Bird More than 1 year ago
This was my first read of a Lars Brownworth book and I am happy to say that I have found another history writer that I enjoy very much and I will be looking for more books by him in the future. This is also the first book I have read that deals extensively with the Vikings and there is much information packed in these pages. When I first opened the ebook edition I was surprised that it had less than 300 pages– that lead me to believe that it was more of an overview type book but it sure doesn’t read like one. I finished with a feeling that if satisfactorily covered the subject matter. Brownworth adequately details the connections between the Vikings and the rest of world. My previous limited knowledge led me to believe that the Vikings were distant and disconnected from the center stage of concurrent events– the outlying barbarians, so to speak. Not true at all, as Brownworth shows. European history is not complete without the Vikings. Brownworth does write in a general chronological progression but uses more of a subject focus rather than a strict chronology. One thing I appreciated but that could be confusing was that, when moving to a new subject, he would repeat some of the relevant previously written details as if it was a first-telling. Since few authors use this style, it is helpful to know in advance– it might save the reader some of the “have I already read this chapter?” confusion. Fascinating, very readable, and highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating and very informative book about the Vikings at the height of their conquests. I learned so much that I didn't know although I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about that time period. The best thing about this book was that it so readable. Not dry or boring. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 loved the author's previous book on the Normans.  He is able to tell history in a straightforward but not simplistic way. I did not know much about the Vikings. The reason that I am giving the  book four not five stars is that the author did not do a good job of making the Vikings likeable. I found the Vikings extremely violent even by the standards of their time and thought "good" when the Viking culture died out.  I don't think the author wanted me to feel this way about them.
Smoke0112 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. It was well written and I could not put it down. I tried years ago to find something on the Vikings and was unsuccessful. This was really what I was looking for and amazed at all the things I did not know about them. If you love History you will love this.
TMaze More than 1 year ago
Lars Brownworth packs a lot of information into this survey of Viking history. The book is only about 250 pages long and covers Viking raids and invasions of Britain, Gaul and Ireland; the explorations that resulted in settlement of Iceland and Greenland; the trading excursions to the east as far as Constantinople. It fits into and fills in the more generally known European history of the time and is quite entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maps and titles are helpful but could benefit from a timeline because presentation is organized by categories and not chronological.
jmgallen More than 1 year ago
“The Sea Wolves” is the long saga of the Vikings and the many lands they looted, settled and with whom they traded. It is interesting in the range of their roamings and the breath of their conquests. Many may think of the Vikings as brute pillagers, which they were, but they were also explorers and spawned rulers. This book relates the effects they had on Britain, Ireland and Northern continental Europe. They affected its literature, patterns of settlement and world view of the day. As explorers the Vikings opened new lands including Iceland, Greenland and visited, but did not remain in North America. The founded cites such as Dublin and played major roles in the development of kingdoms in Ireland, Britain and as far away as Russia. Their leaders eventually morphed into the nations they became. Their roles in spread of Christianity are extensively covered. Although I have read much history, little of it dealt with the Vikings or Scandinavia. I was fascinated by the extent of Viking involvement in the development of European lands as the Roman influence receded. My only reservation is that there are so many Norse names that I had difficulty keeping them straight. I recommend this for a reader who is interested in its subject or one who wants to expand his understanding of early European history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great time line book, easy too read hard to put down. Puts the real vikings out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's amazing to learn that facts go farther than fiction like games of thrones, entertaining and knowledge of history in one book, hope's he keeps writing history novels
sweetd2 More than 1 year ago
What the Vikings did for the spread of culture has largely been unrecorded. I have read several books on their influence on medieval society and have been amazed at how far flung they travelled. This was a very informative book and I enjoyed the read. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At 'hycar' only res.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actually very well written for basically being a history book, very informative without being boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I had a basic knowledge of Viking history, this book was very informative. The writer also has made the story so interesting that the book was hard to put down. I highly recommend reading this book.
JVC53 More than 1 year ago
If you're interested in the Vikings then this book is an excellent read. It's a nice synopsis of the impact the Vikings had on Europe.
seabeeJN More than 1 year ago
This book is very detailed and gives the reader a step by step guild to why, how,when and where the Vikings left there homes and set out for glory and plunder! The History Channel is also showing a film on the life and times of Ragnar, who is cited as a Viking leader. If you like history you will like this book.
duncano More than 1 year ago
A look at the historical record of the Vikings and their impact on the Western World. Well told story of the Norseman influence on the rise of European influence starting around the Middle Ages. Well written with fully documented historical record. Very enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a history goes, a very easy read. There were a number of enjoyable stories, but not being familiar with the Vikings I cannot comment on the accuracy. I would also recommend the reader keep an atlas at hand--the book contains no maps to help the reader understand the geographical context.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just can't get enough of Rollo the Walker, Harald Bluetooth, and and Aud the Deep-Minded thanks to this author! He writes each chapter of the Vikings exploration so it can stand on its own, which results in some repetition but keeps the complicated relation between frequently shifting poltical factions clear. This book is for adults, but it is accessible enough for a young adult if you are looking to get a young person hooked on history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very interesting well written will keep in my library
Anonymous More than 1 year ago