The Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

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The Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

The Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

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I wish he had spent more time discussing the four elements that supposedly determined how Vikings viewed themselves.

What I didn't realise is how much we don't know about the Vikings - their motives, their customs, their lives - not big on writing things down. It might be my favorite Viking nonfiction of all time (and that's saying something as this is one of my niche time periods). De schrijver doet duidelijk veel moeite om zijn werk zo toegankelijk mogelijk te maken, zonder in te boeten op kwaliteit: er zijn verschillende foto’s toegevoegd, alsook een aantal pagina’s in kleurendruk, en daarnaast zijn er verschillende Vikingroddels en allerhande verhalen in opgenomen (legendes, vertalingen van Runen uit het dagelijkse leven, …), wat de geschiedenis concreter en dichterbij brengt. The Frankish kingdom, then, was more changed by its experience of Viking invasion than was even England, though both countries saw significant influxes of Norse population, arriving to make the country their home. Far from being all about Odin and Valhalla, the Vikings worshipped a pantheon of Gods who were tightly bound to the Vikings perceptions of their surroundings.In the past many histories that give a history of the Vikings view them through the eyes of another culture, and usually with the result of placing the contact culture in the positive light and the Vikings in a negative light. I was delighted to have the maps to help me interpret the movements and stations of Norse cultural expansion. Please, publishers, realise that while reducing a book’s page count may reduce costs for you somewhat, it’s a definite case of penny wise, pound foolish. He is able to do this in a way that is thought-provoking (tying them to modern culture) and engaging. The idea of separate identities of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden began and they started becoming a part of Christian Europe.

The third, and last, part focuses on the colonies of the Vikings and their lasting influence over Europe, Asia and even North America. And having recently read The Bear and the Nightingale, I was excited to see the Rus' make an appearance. That a person has a luck component is a bit strange, and the fourth quality needs definitely further explanation. I originally requested this book because I recently finished watching 3 seasons of the hit TV-show “Vikings” and was very intrigued by their culture and way of life and wanted to learn about their history. Scholarly, colourful and often remarkably funny, this is history at its very best, a richly decorated window on to a very strange world.Es un libro interesante, bien investigado y escrito, pero en lo que yo buscaba, no ha sido tan completo como lo esperaba. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read such an excellent example of a non-fiction history book, it was a pleasure. The Viking age is some time between 798 and 1066, roughly after their famous piracy and attacks and before their complete Christianization. None of these appropriations capture the real Vikings, or the richness and sophistication of their culture.

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