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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (281 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Ferguson Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 gods and goddesses. 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 is combined with the latest archaeological discoveries to reveal a sweeping picture of one of history’s most amazing civilizations.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fran Caparrelli | 2/14/2014

    " a wonderfully readable history book. lots of insight into the timeperiod and how the much the vikings had an influence on so many places. I have like the history of the migrations of peoples throughout Europe and the British Isles but I kon't know much about the Scandinavian lands and this book gives some view of the people and makes me want to read more about them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 2/6/2014

    " Provided a good insite to the nordic culture and their "travels" to lower Europe and the West. A bit name heavy at times with tongue twisting, but also colorful names; Ivar the Boneless. It further clarified english lands and conditions of the time, giving detail to the "Dane Law" which existed there as well as the take over of other areas of lower Europe. Also touched on was the folklore and justice of the clan; overall pretty interesting. What a gutsy group of sailors! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aaron Wolfson | 2/3/2014

    " Boy, did I want to like this. Too bad it's excessively chronological and drier than my sense of humor. Read Cornwell instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Coulter | 2/3/2014

    " Good, basic history of the Vikings; occasionally, the political history was a bit dry and hard-to-follow (would have been nice if birth and death dates of major figures had been added in the index; a chronology would also have been a good addition) - but as a general overview of all the Vikings' activities, in Normandy, the British Isles, Russia, Greenland, and Newfoundland, as well as in the Scandinavian heartland, very informative. "

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About the Author

Robert Ferguson has written four literary biographies, including Enigma: The Life of Knut Hamsen, Henry Miller: A Life, and Henrik Ibsen: A New Biography. A leading authority in the field of Scandinavian studies, he is also the author of original works for radio and television and a two-time recipient of the BBC Methuen Giles Cooper Award for Best Radio Drama. Robert lives in Norway.