The Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings
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He is able to do this in a way that is thought-provoking (tying them to modern culture) and engaging. Overall, "The Children of Ash and Elm" is an excellent read for anyone interested in Viking history.
The parts that I found less interesting were where the author seemly slipped into the world of academia- taking issue with some other historians at times and exploring the proofs of what he asserts at others. The author states that there is not much a written record some much of how society function has to be reconstructed from Archeology - of which he is university professor is Sweden. 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. Well written, informational without being dry (for the most part, I will admit my eyes glazed at some of the battle history during the raiding chapters), and captivating. It’s a story of a specific group that had their very own unique combination of complexities and contradictions, as all peoples do.
Every year from 834 through 838, Danes sacked and burned the wealthy Dorestad emporium, on the Rhine in Holland, killing, taking shiploads of slaves. I enjoyed the book for the most part, appreciated the writing style and the wry humour when it occasionally appears, and learned a lot about the Vikings along the way. Yo buscaba una historia de la presencia y expansión de los vikingos, que sabía habían llegado desde Norteamérica hasta Rusia y más al este.
Everyone had their own identity – their self-image – and its outward projection; some of them were familiar to us, others frighteningly alien”. if you are seeking an accessible, yet definitive and up-to-date book on the Vikings, this is the one you want. the acknowledgment of these people’s brutality and the horrible nature of their world (slaves, rough conditions, social mores that limited so many).This made for a variety of options within Viking society, on how to live and interact with ones communities. This book brings together a wide body of scholarship that makes the world of the Vikings all the more comprehensible.