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The Vikings hold a particular place in the history of the West both mythologically and in the significant impact they had on Northern Europe Magnus Magnusson’s indispensable study of thi. This is one of the most remarkable books I have read regarding the VAIt is laced with his personal opinions which got my brain justa buzzin What can you ask for in a book

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The VikingsS great people presents a rounded and fascinating picture of a nation who in modern eyes would seem to embody striking contradictions They were undoubtedly pillagers raiders and terrifying. 35 stars An engagingly written and reasonably balanced history of the Norse In particular the chapters on the Viking presence in pre Norman Britain were a fascinating and eye opening read not just raiders they rose to real political prominence on both sides of the Channel Magnusson is a bit of a romantic and tends to place too much stock in the literary evidence of the Norse sagas but he's clear headed enough to acknowledge contrary points of view when the situation demands This book was actually originally published in the early 80s and hasn't been revised since then Admittedly a few decades don't make a huge difference when discussing the events of a thousand years ago however I'm sure there have been new archaeological discoveries or at the very least updated trends in the scholarship that this book doesn't address

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The Vikings review Ë 3 î The Vikings hold a particular place in the history of the West both mythologically and in the significant impact they had on Northern Europe Magnus Magnusson’s indispensable study of this great people presents a rounded and fascinating picture of a nation who in modern eyes would seem to embody striking contradictions They were undWarriors but they were also great pioneers artists and traders a dynamic people whose skill and daring in their exploration of the world has left an indelible impression a thousand years. I found this book about The Vikings to be a surprisingly enjoyable read; for the life of me I don't know how historians can make such a lively subject so boring but it seems to happen freuently An unabashed descendant himself Magnus Magnusson puts the antics of his Viking ancestors in everyday language that moves right along 'From the fury of the Northmen deliver us O Lord' That is probably the most hackneyed line in all the vast literature about the Vikings and their evil ways He tells us that it is apocryphal No he does not whitewash the Viking violence but he does make sure we understand the sociological implications of their expansion over Europe Their assaults on abbeys and monasteries destroyed not only buildings but also the organization of the extensive demenses of the church The old style loyalties to State and Church were breaking down In their place rural seigneuries grew up in which free men offered their services to the lords in return for protection The Vikings were the midwives of feudalism in France He admits this is an oversimplification but asserts this is the best way to make sense of the turmoil of the ninth century It's an interesting approach and throughout the book he does a good job expanding on his theoryThis edition was published in 2003 and I was gratified to see reference to my new favorite Viking These brothers Halfdan Ubbi and Ivar the Boneless were said to be the sons of a certain Ragnar — perhaps the Ragnar who attacked Paris in 845 We get a certain amount of discussion about Britain and he doesn't neglect Viking Dublin Frankia or Russia Then we learn about the settlement of the Isle of Man Iceland the Faroes Greenland and even Vinland I think he lost some steam during this latter section but he brings us back to Harald Hardrada and we end the book with Stamfordbridge and his professed end of the Viking Age I came out of this reading with a healthy respect for the Viking talent to overcome obstacles build successful settlements create beautiful things make money and survive It's a good overall introduction to a diverse set of people and I would recommend it to readers who have reached any level of research on the subject