Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

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Publisher Description

The definitive history of the Vikings—from arts and culture to politics and cosmology—by a distinguished archaeologist with decades of expertise The Viking Age—from 750 to 1050—saw an unprecedented expansion of the Scandinavian peoples into the wider world. As traders and raiders, explorers and colonists, they ranged from eastern North America to the Asian steppe. But for centuries, the Vikings have been seen through the eyes of others, distorted to suit the tastes of medieval clerics and Elizabethan playwrights, Victorian imperialists, Nazis, and more. None of these appropriations capture the real Vikings, or the richness and sophistication of their culture. Based on the latest archaeological and textual evidence, Children of Ash and Elm tells the story of the Vikings on their own terms: their politics, their cosmology and religion, their material world. Known today for a stereotype of maritime violence, the Vikings exported new ideas, technologies, beliefs, and practices to the lands they discovered and the peoples they encountered, and in the process were themselves changed. From Eirík Bloodaxe, who fought his way to a kingdom, to Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir, the most traveled woman in the world, Children of Ash and Elm is the definitive history of the Vikings and their time.

Samuel Roukin
hr min
August 25
Recorded Books

Customer Reviews

MikeyMayes33 ,

Worth it

Love the point of view 👌🏻

L. L. Saint ,

My man obviously hates Christians

Halfway through the book. I would have been done by now had the author not felt the need to qualify and disclaim every source of Christian historical writing with this “well, we don’t ACTUALLY know what this guy was saying, because he was a Christian and therefore-“ nonsense that frankly delegitimizes his claim to be a historian. Historians let the text speak for themselves and make some attempt at being unbiased. If he was consistent, he would also disclaim every saga and Viking source in the same way. Most of the writings about the Vikings comes from the Christians, and you’d think the author would have an ounce of gratitude, but somehow, he comes across as rather wishing the Christians never wrote at all. The Christians were CLEARLY less biased than this author is.

+1 star for making an enormous effort to read contemporary political correct motifs back into 1100 year old cultures that would have no idea what he was talking about.

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