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In AD 793 Norse warriors struck the English isle of Lindisfarne and laid waste to it Wave after wave of Norse 'sea wolves' followed in search of plunder land or a glorious death in battle Much of the British Isles fell before their swords and the continental capitals of Paris and Aachen were sacked in turn Turning east they swept down the uncharted rivers of central Europe captured Kiev and clashed with mighty Co. They didn’t come from any one place but all over Norway Sweden and Denmark And they had no king at the start Instead any man could gather as many followers as he could muster and then take off for other shores plundering Meaning to kill rape and steal as much as possible Not a prescription for admiration And they didn’t have an alphabet only a few pictographic runes so they kept no written record at the start And today there are no Vikings Long killing spree then disappearanceSo how is it that today they are so widely admired and we have so many things that are traced to them Okay nicknaming an NFL team “Vikings” might be obvious But then there are things like the jury system the keel and the spar for sails Our word “law” comes from one of their words and “Bluetooth” is one of theirs And one you don’t think of is “Russia” The Rus were Vikings Anyway you get the idea they aren’t around any yet they’re kind of everywhere if you look for the connections And the story of how that all played out is fascinatingThe Viking Age stretched from 793 when they sacked the monastery of Lindisfarne on the east coast of England to 1066 when the Anglo Saxons defeated Harald Hardrada at the battle of Stamford Bridge Yet in a way even that defeat is overshadowed by the “Normans” – Viking descendants – under William the Conueror beating the Anglo Saxons at Hastings later that same year 1066 In between Lindisfarne and Stamford Bridge the Vikings warred with and settled into what are today the British Isles including the Orkneys Faroes and Shetlands Iceland Greenland Newfoundland France Germany Russia Ukraine the Balkans Turkey the Levant Sicily Italy Spain and North Africa in addition to warring among themselves throughout their home territories They became one of the richest entities on earth forcing tribute of hundreds of thousands of pounds of silver from England alone They were among the greatest seafarers of all time But humans don’t gather on the sea they gather on land In essence the Vikings became tied to the land and when they did they became us To learn how and why in this book is a thrill

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The Sea WolvesA Wolves Lars Brownworth brings to life this extraordinary Norse world of epic poets heroes and travellers through the stories of the great Viking figures Among others Leif the Lucky who discovered a new world Ragnar Lodbrok the scourge of France Eric Bloodaxe who ruled in York and the crafty Harald Hardrada illuminate the saga of the Viking age a time which has passed away and grown dark under the cover of night. There's some really great information here and at first I was really enjoying this one I previously had read some very flowery renditions of Norse mythology that hadn't sat uite as well with me so the straightforward no nonsense approach of this text really appealed to me Then it all became a bit textbook heavy and dense and I started to lose focus It would probably be best not to attempt to get through this in one sitting but that's what I did Now my brain is exhausted but not in a pleasant way I have to confess that the longer I read the less I truly absorbed the information I listened to this on audio which I think helped me stay focused and on track but there's so much to take in that I sometimes wished I could just see the text It's definitely of a research resource which is actually why I read this I'm getting ready to dive into some Viking research and thought this would help get my brain in the right mode I'm hoping I absorbed some useful information so that when my heftier texts arrive it will be easier for me to read those Book 144 read in 2018Pages 302

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review The Sea Wolves 103 ✓ In AD 793 Norse warriors struck the English isle of Lindisfarne and laid waste to it Wave after wave of Norse 'sea wolves' followed in search of plunder land or a glorious death in battle Much of the British Isles fell before their swords and the continental capitals of Paris and Aachen were sacked in turn Turning east they swept down Nstantinople the capital of the Byzantine EmpireBut there is to the Viking story than brute force They were makers of law the term itself comes from an Old Norse word and they introduced a novel form of trial by jury to England They were also sophisticated merchants and explorers who settled Iceland founded Dublin and established a trading network that stretched from Baghdad to the coast of North AmericaIn The Se. The book is a really good account of the Viking age and their historical pervasiveness which still influences us today The style is enjoyable and the history is unfurled in stories about the most influential people of the North who developed ships which enabled them to establish a trade network from Baghdad to North AmericaDespite being remembered as bloodthirsty ravagers as Viking hammer broke up the remains of Charlemagne's empire and shaped first European centralized powers of England France Holy Roman Empire Kingdom of Sicily and stroke foundations for today's countries of Ukraine Belarus and Russia they introduced trial and jury to England formed law codes and discovered Shetlands Faroes Iceland Greenland and established first European contact with North AmericaAs Norse legends foretold the Ragnarok happened and Christ defeated the Allfather and Thor by the end of Viking age so pervasively that the cross is prominent on every Norse flag today The remaining legacy is in names of three weekdays Wednesday for Odin Thursday for Thor and Friday for Freya NASA's Viking probes and the Bluetooth named by Viking king Harald With A Weirdly Infected Tooth who unified kingdom of DenmarkTo uote from the Epilogue But perhaps the greatest Viking trait was not their martial or navigational skills but their remarkable adaptability They had a genius for absorbing whatever local traditions they encountered combining them into new and dynamic forms In France these 'filthiest of God's creatures' created the model chivalric state in Iceland they set up a Republic based on individual rights and in Russia they became autocratic defenders of Orthodoxy   Where there were no native foundations to build on the Vikings showed a willingness to experiment combined with a stubborn practicality They claimed that Odin himself had advised that No better burden can a man carry on the road than a store of common sense