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

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The final publication will include a 16 page color insert, maps, chapter notes, references, and index. What I appreciated most about this book was how it offered a nuanced look into Viking society and culture beyond their military conquests. Scholarly, colourful and often remarkably funny, this is history at its very best, a richly decorated window on to a very strange world.

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 spectacular book is more than traditional history, as many of its surprising-often strange-revelations about Viking life come not from texts, but archaeology. This book was clear, concise and analytical, while also allowing lots of space for fun examinations, easy to digest prose, and moments of fancy from the author. It is a fascinating and extensive examination of the Vikings, children of the great ash tree Yggdrasill, their culture, explorations and sweeping travels. If the merits of the book ended here, it would still be well worth the read as the latest word in Viking age history. Anyway, this was the last nonfiction book added to my Audible library, and it seemed as good as any to listen to, so I downloaded it and started it.

He just focuses on presenting the Viking’s story as has been told to us in the present by the existing historical and archaeological evidence that has been left behind, and it is neither the story of mere crude seagoing brutes nor anyone that should be put upon any pedestal. Children of Ash and Elm will reward the casual reader as well as serve the serious student looking for a better understanding of who the Vikings were, what drove them, and the effects they had on the world around them.I have always been amazed at how much an archaeological situation can tell us, for example, a Vikings burial holds the tales of a saga.

The important thing, in my view , for any expert is that as the expert you know more than anyone listening or reading - you don't need to prove it, unless you are disputing with other experts - and these were the parts I found a little heavy going. In the 800s, Vikings extorted 30,000 pounds of silver from France: one-seventh of the entire coinage of the century. And having recently read The Bear and the Nightingale, I was excited to see the Rus' make an appearance.This book, the most wide-ranging and comprehensive assessment of the current state of our knowledge, takes a refreshingly different view. For a millennium, though, their history has largely been filtered through the writings of their victims. I'm done with the constant speculations about finds, followed immediately by cautious caveats about how we can't really know.

And there's that tall one again, good-looking despite the scar, with the gold-hilted blade (which he didn't have last year). This volume would make an excellent textbook and a splendid introduction to the world of the Vikings for any reader.the chapter about the christianization and centralization of the Viking states under European style monarchies. 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. Hun omgang met de natuur, de Goden en elkaar is zoveel meer sophisticated dan je zou denken, voor ons in contradictie met het onderlinge geweld en de slaven die als menselijke offer gebracht worden.

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