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  • Title: The Vikings: Culture and Conquest
  • Author: Martin Arnold
  • ISBN: 9781852854768
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Hardcover
  • lt divgt lt br gt lt divgt The story of the Vikings is one of the most dramatic in European history From their base in Scandinavia, Viking warriors and settlers spread across northern Europe, into Russia and across the Atlantic After their first impact as fearsome raiders, destroying monasteries and plundering coastal settlements, the Vikinglt divgt lt br gt lt divgt The story of the Vikings is one of the most dramatic in European history From their base in Scandinavia, Viking warriors and settlers spread across northern Europe, into Russia and across the Atlantic After their first impact as fearsome raiders, destroying monasteries and plundering coastal settlements, the Vikings turned to conquest in England, Ireland and Normandy In their longships they also penetrated into the Mediterranean and as far as Byzantium, as well as establishing settlements in Iceland and Greenland, and discovering Vinland, or America.The Vikings is a concise and clear survey of who the Vikings were, what they did, why they did it and how we know about them It includes an account of their remarkable saga literature It is likely to become a standard work on the subject.lt divgt lt divgt gt

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    1. I cannot say that I like this book. Having spent some time reading multiple scholarly works prior to picking up The Vikings: Culture and Conquest, I was rather disappointed with the book. It appears to be aimed at a lay audience, for footnotes are few and summary statements frequent. Infuriatingly in the first third of the book (corresponding to the ‘Culture’ of the title), Arnold frequently makes an assertion with little support and no citation of sources, then writes later as if the point [...]

    2. I liked it, in parts. I got somewhat confused by all the political/warfare/lineage name-dropping, which to the author's credit he provides, but to the amateurish Viking history reader-you can get overwhelmed by it. I thought it was well proportioned, although tieing in the the subtitle "Culture and Conquest" at the end would've been a nice conclusion to the topic. Well researched, not for the "light" Viking history reader.

    3. I find it very difficult to review non-fiction at length, so suffice it to say, albeit in very glib terms, that this book felt too complicated to be an introduction and too cursory to be an in-depth study. The author, by his own admission, was trying to cover a lot of ground, but I didn't feel his attempt to do so was the most readable in this discipline.

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