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

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He explores how they might have understood the qualities of personhood, the intricacies of gender and the cosmos as a whole, including religious beliefs and practices.

The title references a Viking creation myth, and quotes one of the phrases they used to describe themselves. 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.And there's that tall one again, good-looking despite the scar, with the gold-hilted blade (which he didn't have last year). Neil is a Fellow of learned academies in Britain and Scandinavia, including Sweden's oldest, the Royal Society of Sciences; in 2017 it awarded him the Thuréus Prize for his lifetime achievements in Viking studies. This is a great example of a well rounded history book, being both not too technical, and not too journalistic - instead making a book that really nails the best of both worlds form these two forms of historiography. Het derde deel ( Nieuwe Werelden, Nieuwe Staten) gaat over de stichting van de Vikingstaten in Engeland, IJsland, Groenland en Noord-Amerika, maar ook de reizen van en naar de Middellandse Zee tot aan Constantinopel aan toe.

These are based not just on past scholarship but also on the many recent finds, new ways of interpreting them, and on the very many discussions within and outside of academia. It might be my favorite Viking nonfiction of all time (and that's saying something as this is one of my niche time periods). And frankly, this story as is told by the evidence ends up being vastly more fascinating than any of the one-dimensional symbols that the Vikings have been pigeonholed into over the centuries.Viking attacks increased, penetrating deep into France, thanks to civil war among Charlemagne's grandsons. My favourite chapter was the one on "dealing with the dead;" they did some super strange and fascinating things with the deceased (that I won't go into detail about here). There was pressure to find land to farm and patches of sea to exploit during this time, as well as the successor states to the Roman Empire arising and contending with each other for influence and territory. Crazy how archaeology and related disciplines have really advanced over the last couple of decades and just keep paying off.

the acknowledgment of these people’s brutality and the horrible nature of their world (slaves, rough conditions, social mores that limited so many).

He is able to do this in a way that is thought-provoking (tying them to modern culture) and engaging. Yo buscaba una historia de la presencia y expansión de los vikingos, que sabía habían llegado desde Norteamérica hasta Rusia y más al este. This effected the Vikings perceptions of self and place, putting them firmly in a world populated by gnomes and dwarves, elves and Valkyrie.

The descriptions were so vivid and thorough that I had no problem picturing everything from their ships to their jewelry to their funeral rituals - even though that last was probably one I could have done without picturing, because OMG THE RAPEY SLAUGHTER FESTIVAL was a LOT just to send someone to the afterlife. As vivid as it is learned, as thrillingly cutting edge as it is deep-rooted in the distant past, this is as brilliant a history of the Vikings as one could possibly hope to read. The only items that we cannot accept are earrings for pierced ears and perishable items, such as food or drink.So, about once every 20 years, I pause the History Channel shows and put down the Frans Bengtsson romances and grab a good non-fiction book to have a gander at what’s new in their world. On occasion, specific source difficulties – particularly in the textual record – can get glossed over, and regional differences elided. Sites of first-phase Viking raids, 750–833 CE: most are on Irish coast; English monasteries and ports; French coastal towns.

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