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This volume in The Seafarers series discusses the history, customs, lifestyle and discoveries of the Vikings.


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This volume in The Seafarers series discusses the history, customs, lifestyle and discoveries of the Vikings.

30 review for The Vikings

  1. 4 out of 5

    berthamason

    4.5 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dr.J.G.

    Perhaps more is known now about Vikings and the exploration of new lands via northern routes, than generally allowed to be assumed publicly, especially in US - children are still taught about discovery of the continent by Columbus as the first person to do so, which is incorrect not only due to the presence of humans on the continent - (which Columbus did not in fact step on, being at one of the islands of Caribbean, and returning therefrom after making his sailors swear they had in fact discove Perhaps more is known now about Vikings and the exploration of new lands via northern routes, than generally allowed to be assumed publicly, especially in US - children are still taught about discovery of the continent by Columbus as the first person to do so, which is incorrect not only due to the presence of humans on the continent - (which Columbus did not in fact step on, being at one of the islands of Caribbean, and returning therefrom after making his sailors swear they had in fact discovered India, which is the root of the US still referring to indigenous as Indian, knowing fully well that such name is a lie - those people had nothing to do with India) - but also because in fact Nordic Europeans, specifically ones referred to as Vikings, had in fact known about the lands across the ocean, and even had not only stepped on the mainland but lived there for many centuries before dying or giving up and returning, due to the lack then of mass migration. As one person pointed out (wish one could recall precisely who and where, for reference), the fishing fleets of northern Europe were always venturing further out in the Arctic latitudes in search of more fish, and kept knowledge of lands across ocean to themselves for reasons of keeping their fishing waters from competition and overcrowding. But the word was bound to be whispered about within the community, and so some were bound to land across ocean in the various new lands - Iceland, Greenland, and the main continent, which acquired its present name after the sailor Amerigo Vespucci only post a voyage after Columbus. The Vikings in fact ventured as far south as Watertown, MA, and traded from posts on the Charles river, as told via the Vikings tower at Waltham on the Charles river. Wernick goes succinctly but quite thoroughly into history of Vikings as known, describing their society, their ventures into Europe and raids across various nations, conquests and establishing societies in various parts from Ireland, UK, Normandy and Rhineland to southern regions of the Baltic and more, before he describes their ventures across the ocean, which he does not as an amorphous group but with specific names of the people - collected from Vikings' own sagas. Even apart from the information factor, this work makes for a delightful reading, due to various details of lives of Vikings and also of the new lands, or for that matter the European ones they ventured into. That it wasn't only lack of migration then, which there was little reason for not happening, but the more insurmountable difficulty of a Little Ice Age making the Viking colonies in Greenland difficult to sustain, what with the deep cold making agriculture impossible, and survival difficult. Also mentioned is another factor - Eskimo migration from regions of Pacific coast across northern Canada to Greenland, and their being far more acclimatised to the cold and better at surviving in the land. Thus the Vikings were pushed out of Greenland completely, but survived in Iceland, albeit with numbers of Scottish and Irish migrants they had taken there as slaves but got integrated instead with, gradually, into a society that merged into one without slavery. A lesser known fact - lesser for those not professionally historians is about Danelaw; and an amusing one is about how Vikings were defeated in Ireland despite victories in wars! ...................................................................................................... WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016 ......................................................................................................

  3. 5 out of 5

    Keitorin

    I came away from this book loving the viking era. There was a lot of bad from the vikings, but there was also a lot of good that came from some of the things they did, and there's some nuggets in this book that were intriguing. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Scandinavia and/or vikings! I came away from this book loving the viking era. There was a lot of bad from the vikings, but there was also a lot of good that came from some of the things they did, and there's some nuggets in this book that were intriguing. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Scandinavia and/or vikings!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Warren

    Fascinating, personal look at the Vikings I enjoyed the personal description of individual Viking exploits, plus the enthralling description of Viking culture. I read some passages with a map beside me, to better identify the location of various battles and conquests. Easy, fun read about a people who clearly shaped our modern world, but definitely received short shift in my high school history classes!

  5. 4 out of 5

    S.Brouwer

    Good read It opened up a part of history I was only vaguely aware of.In school at the Netherlands we were told that our ancesters were terrorised by the Vikings This book was an eye opener to me and I enjoyed it very much.sweis brouwer R

  6. 5 out of 5

    Harry F. Sharp, II

    The Vikings A very interesting telling of Viking history. Vivid descriptions of life and strife in the early times of west European history. Worth reading twice.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    This is the perfect book for someone to get on overview on the history and culture of the Vikings. It is well written and covers almost every aspect of the Viking age.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gwen Harris

    Good introduction to the explorations and accomplishments of the Norse.

  9. 4 out of 5

    MaryJane Rings

    Lighter reading but factual about the explorations o the Vikings, their temperament. violent raids and the impact and influence they brought to medieval Europe and the UK.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rob Berg

    Entertaining and educational. The writing is almost conversational. The sources are called out and likely exaggerations noted. All in all a gratifying read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rubentollet

    Easy to read, very varied, good illustration.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I learned from this book that I did not know much about the Vikings.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Robert G.

    Vikings often mention sometime little understood. An interesting read on a little understood people who had a great impact with small numbers especially in explorations and settling western lands.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

    This book is about the history of vikings their cultures, explorations and wars. While is is an older book it still gives you a good look at the viking lifestyles. It also explores their leaders. Who they were, and where they explored. Everyone remembers how vikings attacked towns and killed people took hostages and robbed the countryside but little is discussed about the governments that they set up and the "legal"system that set up punishments consistant with the crime committed. This is an in This book is about the history of vikings their cultures, explorations and wars. While is is an older book it still gives you a good look at the viking lifestyles. It also explores their leaders. Who they were, and where they explored. Everyone remembers how vikings attacked towns and killed people took hostages and robbed the countryside but little is discussed about the governments that they set up and the "legal"system that set up punishments consistant with the crime committed. This is an interesting read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    This is light popular history, a quick and informative read. The first few pages were a little over the top in selling the subject, but on the whole the book was filled with interesting tales from the sagas and bits of history (like the settlement of Iceland and Greenland) that I knew very little about. To my surprise, the chapter on Viking ships was interesting even to someone like me, who usually finds this type of technical information deadly dull.

  16. 5 out of 5

    James

    I highly recommend this book. It is history made as exciting and as entertaining as possible. As a Norman descendant, I have studied Viking history in some depth, and found this book to be an excellent and accurate summary. The writing and editing is superb. If there is even one editing error, I failed to notice it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    It was a quick overview of Viking history. I'm interested since I'm 1/4 Danish Viking. My paternal grandfather was Danish. I'm now reading another Viking book. Part of my interest is because of genealogy. My grandfather's last name was Boyer which isn't a typical Danish name so trying to get an idea where else we came from. It was a quick overview of Viking history. I'm interested since I'm 1/4 Danish Viking. My paternal grandfather was Danish. I'm now reading another Viking book. Part of my interest is because of genealogy. My grandfather's last name was Boyer which isn't a typical Danish name so trying to get an idea where else we came from.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jim Lyons

    Author's journalism background pays off Although we don't learn much about him here, Werniick's journalism background pays off in this well-written, well-organized treatment on The Vikings. The author has a website which introduced me to the word sciolist, as well as his other works. Author's journalism background pays off Although we don't learn much about him here, Werniick's journalism background pays off in this well-written, well-organized treatment on The Vikings. The author has a website which introduced me to the word sciolist, as well as his other works.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Henrietta S. Barbour

    Holds your attention as well as a good novel I learned a great deal which having studied English lit and European history, I should have learned in college. Absorbing read. Only wish there had been more documentation.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tami

    I'm giving it 4 stars because the Vikings are part of my lineage and I wanted to learn more about it. I know more now and, beyond the savagery of this time in the history of our planet, it had excellent factual and contextual information. I'm giving it 4 stars because the Vikings are part of my lineage and I wanted to learn more about it. I know more now and, beyond the savagery of this time in the history of our planet, it had excellent factual and contextual information.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Not a bad read Generally this was a well-written piece, not a fan of the r tone it was written in. Felt very much like I was reading something meant for an 8th or 9th grader throughout.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andre

    An interesting overview of the Vikings. This book was a quick read and seemed to incorporate up to date information regarding Viking exploration, colonization, conquest, trade, navigation, and ship building. I would recommend it to anyone looking into this ere and culture.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

    Good overview of Viking history, mostly contained stuff I had run across in other sources. It's well-written and fairly engaging, and is probably about as thorough as you can be regarding a period of history during which very little was written down. Good overview of Viking history, mostly contained stuff I had run across in other sources. It's well-written and fairly engaging, and is probably about as thorough as you can be regarding a period of history during which very little was written down.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    This book is purely being rated by it's ability to keep me interested. While I found parts interesting, I always fell asleep within 15 minutes. If you need a sleeping aid, this book is it. I admit I didn't finish it, but I need a book that I can actually read! This book is purely being rated by it's ability to keep me interested. While I found parts interesting, I always fell asleep within 15 minutes. If you need a sleeping aid, this book is it. I admit I didn't finish it, but I need a book that I can actually read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Justin Salisbury

    Good book for a broad overview of the Norse.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marie Sieloff

    Recommend this to anyone interested in the Vikings

  27. 4 out of 5

    Claire Englewood

    Very hard to read through, more a textbook than a readable nonfiction. Lots of good information but it just couldn't keep me reading. A book to use as a reference, or a quick lookup. Very hard to read through, more a textbook than a readable nonfiction. Lots of good information but it just couldn't keep me reading. A book to use as a reference, or a quick lookup.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    An overview of the Vikings reign, influence and exploration. Moves quickly through history with general depth and detail.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pablo

    A decent read. Learned a bit about how wide spread their influence really was.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Creed

    Light but enjoyable. These are my people.

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