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The Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings [9780241283981]

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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, The Children of Ash and Elm tells the story of the Vikings on their own terms: their politics, their cosmology, their art and culture. From Bjoern Ironside, who led an expedition to sack Rome, to Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir, the most travelled woman in the world, Price shows us the real Vikings, not the caricatures they have become in popular culture and history.
AUTHOR: Neil Price is Distinguished Professor and Chair of Archaeology at Uppsala University, Sweden. He has been researching, teaching and writing on the Vikings for nearly thirty-five years.
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9780241283981
ISBN13:
9780241283981
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Author:
Neil Price
Publisher:
Allen Lane
Publication:
25-Aug-2020
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
624
Weight:
1,098 Grams
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    children of ash and elm

    Posted by GCW Harris on 10th Nov 2020

    A curious book. When the author is writing history or archeology it is excellent. When wandering into beliefs and putative thought processes it is tedious. The acconts of the Viking way of life and of death make fascinating, if often very grim reading. Vikings were clearly people of the most savage and perverted kind - the funerals involving rape and murder, their industry being very largely that of slavers, and their treatment of those who wove their sails quite horrific. It is surprising that Vikings get as good a press as they do . for they were tough , ferocious pirates with no hint of charm or benefaction. Tjey were predators of a most formidable kind., capable of roving beyond the known world. THis book make it very clear that we are fornutate not to have come into contact with them.