The Vikings by Robert Ferguson
A History

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A comprehensive and thrilling history of the Vikings for fans of the History Channel series

From Harald Bluetooth to Cnut the Great, the feared seamen and plunderers of the Viking Age ruled Norway, Sweden, and Denmark but roamed as far as Byzantium, Greenland, and America. Raiders and traders, settlers and craftsmen, the medieval Scandinavians who have become familiar to history as Vikings never lose their capacity to fascinate, from their ingeniously designed longboats to their stormy pantheon of Viking gods and goddesses, ruled by Odin in Valhalla. Robert Ferguson is a sure guide across what he calls "the treacherous marches which divide legend from fact in Viking Age history." His long familiarity with the literary culture of Scandinavia with its skaldic poetry is combined with the latest archaeological discoveries to reveal a sweeping picture of the Norsemen, one of history's most amazing civilizations.

Impeccably researched and filled with compelling accounts and analyses of legendary Viking warriors and Norse mythology, The Vikings is an indispensable guide to medieval Scandinavia and is a wonderful companion to the History Channel series.
 

About Robert Ferguson

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Ferguson is cofounder of the Rape Awareness and Prevention Organization. He is a former marine sergeant and military police officer. He also teaches, lectures and consults.
 
Published October 28, 2009 by Penguin Books. 464 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Scandinavian studies scholar Ferguson puts the violence back in the Viking Age in his knotty, dense, intriguing look at these restless voyagers and conquerors.

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Ferguson restores the violence to the sanitized picture of the Vikings, showing them as explorers and marauders. It's easy to get lost in the sea of names, but the reader is rewarded with insight and story.

Jan 25 2010 | Read Full Review of The Vikings: A History

Open Letters Monthly

Robert Ferguson latest book The Vikings takes on all these tangled questions, and it must be said at once that it possesses neither the bracing compression of Johannes Brondsted’s 1960 study The Vikings nor the literary flair of Gwyn Jones’ 1968 A History of the Vikings.

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