The Vikings : A History
by Robert Ferguson
Editor: Penguin Books
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A vast and exciting history of the Vikings for fans of the channel History of the series, soon back for its fifth season Starting from Harald Bluetooth of Knut the Great, the highly feared sailors and looters of the Viking Age judged Norway, Sweden and Denmark, but traveled as far as Byzantium, Greenland and AmericaThe adventurers and traders, settlers and craftsmen, the medieval, the Scandinavians, who became familiar to history as the Vikings never lose their ability to fascinate, from their ingenious design boats to their stormy Viking pantheon of gods and goddesses, ruled by Odin at ValhallaRobert Ferguson is a sure guide through what he calls “the treacherous steps that separate the factual legend, in the Viking Age from history”His long familiarity with the literary culture of Scandinavia with its skaldic poetry is combined with the latest discoveries in archaeology, revealing a stereotyped image of the Normans, one of the most amazing civilizationsImpeccably documented and filled with accounts and analyses of the legendary Viking warriors and Nordic mythology, The Vikings is an indispensable guide to medieval Scandinavian times and is a wonderful companion to the series’ History channel.”The integration of archaeology, genetics, linguistics and literary information, Ferguson realizes a Viking’s history related to satisfy”Compiled list
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