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

The Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

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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. Far from a dogmatic approach to considering history, this book looks at a particular topic with ambiguity, examining multiple points of view, and how they interact with the written and archaeological record.

Dit boek maakt heel duidelijk dat ons clichébeeld van rovende en plunderende wildebeesten in hun drakenschepen geen recht doet aan de Noormannen en Vikingen. Crazy how archaeology and related disciplines have really advanced over the last couple of decades and just keep paying off. The information was fascinating and intriguing, and I found myself always wanting to go back to it and learn more, although I couldn't read this too late at night or I'd get sleepy and distracted and miss out on a lot. Part three moves the story to the mid-eleventh century, as the Viking phenomenon diversified across the northern world.I originally requested this book because I recently finished watching 3 seasons of the hit TV-show “Vikings” and was very intrigued by their culture and way of life and wanted to learn about their history. Its consequences included an urban revolution in the Scandinavian economies and the reorganization of the countryside, paralleled by the consolidation of royal power and the rising influence of a new faith. An immense undertaking from an expert who has studied the Vikings for almost 35 years, this is a masterful piece of work that seeks to present the historical Vikings as distinct from the caricatures of pop culture.

He also puts the stereotype image of horn helmeted marauders into the larger social context of Viking society.

This equates to approximately 14 percent of the entire monetary output of the Frankish empire—for a century—evaporated in the payment of extortion demands that produced no tangible positive gain, and, in many cases, failed to appease the Vikings anyway. None of these appropriations capture the real Vikings, or the richness and sophistication of their culture. This is an incredible book, and I chose to listen to it in audiobook format, which was an outstanding choice. The gods make the first man, Askr, the ash tree, and woman, Embla, the elm, from stumps of driftwood.



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