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Publisher Description

A definitive new history of the Vikings
The Viking Age -- between 750 and 1050 -- saw an unprecedented expansion of the Scandinavian peoples. As traders and raiders, explorers and colonists, they reshaped the world between eastern North America and the Asian steppe. For a millennium, though, their history has largely been filtered through the writings of their victims. 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, their art and culture. From Björn Ironside, who led an expedition to sack Rome, to Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir, the most traveled woman in the world, Price shows us the real Vikings, not the caricatures they've become in popular culture and history.

Samuel Roukin
hr min
August 25
Recorded Books

Customer Reviews

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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