by Magnus Magnusson

Hardcover, 1980



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DL65 .M353


Dutton (1980), Edition: 1st American ed, 320 pages


The Vikings hold a particular place in the history of the West, both symbolically and in the significant impact they had on Northern Europe. Magnus Magnusson's indispensable study of this great period presents a rounded and fascinating picture of a people who, in modern eyes, would seem to embody striking contradictions. They were undoubtedly pillagers, raiders and terrifying warriors, but they were also great pioneers, artists and traders - a dynamic people, whose skill and daring in their exploration of the world has left an indelible impression a thousand years on.

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LibraryThing member dpappas
For someone like me who had little knowledge of the Vikings (except for common misconceptions) before reading this book, this was a fascinating and informative read. Magnus Magnusson manages to take readers back to the Viking Age and discusses the Viking culture through archeological finds, sagas about famous Vikings, and other aides. I really liked that this book was broken up into chapters that discussed the different areas in which the Vikings were prevalent. It made it easier to read about the countries and their Viking history one at a time as opposed to altogether at once. This book provided me not only with knowledge about the Vikings but also a good list of sagas to read (the book doesn't actually make a list of sagas but I noted all the sagas Magnusson mentioned and plan on reading some if not most of them). If you are curious about Vikings and want to read about the Viking Age and culture than I would definitely recommend this book to you.… (more)



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