The popular image of the Vikings is of tall red-headed men, raping and pillaging their way around the coast of Europe, stopping only to ransack monasteries and burn longships. But the violent Vikings of the 8th century became the pious Christians of the 11th century, who gave gold crosses to Christian churches and in whose areas of rule pagan idols were destroyed and churches were built. So how did this radical transformation happen, and why? What difference did it make to the Vikings, and to those around them, and what is their legacy today? This book takes a "global" look at this key period in Viking history, exploring all the major areas of Viking settlement. Written to be an accessible and engaging overview for the general reader.
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About the Author
Martyn Whittock graduated in Politics from Bristol University in 1980. He taught history for thirty-five years and latterly was curriculum leader for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education at a Wiltshire secondary school. He is a Licensed Lay Minister in the Church of England. He has acted as an historical consultant to the National Trust and English Heritage. He retired from teaching in July 2016 to devote more time to writing. He is the author or co-author of forty-seven books, including school history textbooks and adult history books. The latter include: A Brief History Of Life in the Middle Ages (2009), A Brief History of the Third Reich (2011), A Brief Guide To Celtic Myths and Legends (2013), The Viking Blitzkrieg AD789-1098 (2013), The Anglo-Saxon Avon Valley Frontier (2014), 1016 and 1066: Why The Vikings Caused The Norman Conquest (2016), Norse Myths and Legends (2017), When God Was King (2018), The Vikings: from Odin to Christ (2018). The last two published by Lion Hudson. Also co-written with his daughter, Esther, is Christ: The First Two Thousand Years (2016). The Story of the Cross is their second collaborative venture. Both books are published by Lion Hudson.Hannah Whittock has an MPhil from Cambridge in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic studies. She has co-written three books on Viking and Anglo-Saxon history and has written journal articles on Anglo-Saxon frontiers and coinage produced during the Viking Wars. She reads Old English and Old Norse. She co-wrote The Vikings with Martyn Whittock.
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The Vikings: From Odin to Christ based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Viking. Coincidentally, on the very day I started reading a NetGalley ARC (advance reader copy) of this history of the Vikings, I happened across our 28-yr-old son's Halloween costume from last year: THOR! (He'd left it here during his transition from Chicago to Manhattan.) Minutes later, I happened across a Steemit post on "Dark Souls" by @scienceviking. Call it synchronicity, or a message from the gods, but Viking forces are outpacing signs of the Zodiac in my life. (Not that I worry if Mars is rising and the house of whoever is declining. I can't even remember the terminology, much less claim to believe in it.) So, I'm predisposed to love anything affirmative I read about Vikings, and this book gives us a kinder, gentler Viking than the stereotypes we're used to. So much information, and not just about the Christianizing of the Viking. I love how "the word Viking is something you did rather than what you were," and to go out viking or to be "a Viking" did not carry the negative connotation it later came to bear. The book is cool for wanting "to correct the over-emphasis in popular culture on the Odin-worshipping warriors of film and fiction." Having watched five seasons of "The Vikings" on Netflix, I'm happy to see that their violent and barbaric image has a historical counterpart. Like any well-written, informative, exhaustively researched history book, this one is long and packed with line after line of quotable and noteworthy quotes. Because I'm reading a NetGalley ARC, I can't utilize the handy Kindle-Share feature, which saves me a lot of typing vs a quick copy-paste when I want to cite excerpts from the text. And all that typing takes time. Trust Carol: this is no dry, dull history. Even the etymology and linguistic evolution of the word "viking" is fun to read. E.g., those known as Vikings put a positive spin on a dreaded people, saying, perhaps, "I am an adventurer," rather than "My employment is smash and grab... and worse." (Images of Haggar the Horrible, a long-lasting cartoon, spring to mind.) It takes tremendous passion, dedication, time, concentration, and hard work to write a book of this scope and depth. I am in awe!
Very good review of the Vikings and their history. It was interesting reading about the conversion from pagan to Christian country by country. This book will be a great reference for other authors writing about this time period.
reference, norse, historical-figures, historical-places-events, historical-research, history-and-culture What an excellent resource! Ok, so I am hardly unbiased: Pop was born in Norway in 1907, and most of our family are history geeks. That's all well and good, but the important stuff here is the extensive documentation including timeline, maps, and glossary a reader can use for further study and the thesis itself ties everything together in a clearly understandable cohesive manner. Myths about the Norsemen are exposed (horned helmets, purely pagan reasons behind looting of churches rather than simple acquisitory greed), and a greater understanding of why men were truly looking for green pastures. History geeks will wriggle happily over this book, but I honestly don't know how others will receive it. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Lion Hudson courtesy of NetGalley and am delighted!
For many of us, the story of the Vikings is quite fascinating. Most often, they are portrayed as pagans who travelled the waterways raiding villages with savage brutality. While this was often the truth, there is a bit more to them than that and this book dispels some of the myths surrounding the Vikings. With a focus on the Vikings path to Christianity, readers follow the Vikings from the earliest records and evidence, both from archeological sites and written records. While the book does read more like a text book and is tedious at times, it was interesting to learn how the Vikings began to evolve from pagans to Christians. Contrary to popular belief, Vikings turned to Christianity much earlier than we are led to belief from myths, stories and popular television. I found the book to be very informative, but there were many names and details to remember. I recommend this to history lovers and Viking enthusiasts who don’t mind textbook style reading. My thanks to NetGalley and Lion Hudson Limited for allowing me to read an advance copy and give my honest review.