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by Time-Life Books Editorial Staff,Robert Wernick

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Time-Life Books Editorial Staff,Robert Wernick
Time-Life, Incorporated (September 1, 1979)
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But, in Viking times, the compass had not yet reached Western Europe from the Orient.

The Vikings drew significant meaning from the look of cloud formations, from changes in winds and wave patterns, from ocean currents and ground swells, from sea fogs, water colors, and temperatures. But, in Viking times, the compass had not yet reached Western Europe from the Orient. As for computing speed, the only way the Vikings might have managed that would have been to toss a chip of wood into the sea and count how long it took to travel the vessel’s length to the stern or by watching bubbles float by.

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Perhaps the most legendary of the Vikings, Erik the Red founded a settlement in Greenland that would survive for nearly five centuries. His son Leif burned with the same desire to reach westward beyond their Scandinavian homeland. That hungering took him to the apogee of Norse explorations: America, which Christopher Columbus was not to encounter for another half millennium.

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  • I purchased this book hoping to get a good, complete, objective of the viking age. This book, unfortunately, misses the mark. While the writing is very good, and the stories Mr. Wernick tells contain much of the detail I was looking for, it skips over a lot of substance. The book has a great account of the trials and tribulations of Eirik Rautha (and his underhanded way of dealing with them), and of Eirik's son, Leif. What it lacks, however, is any mention of some of the most important historical figures of the age, for example, Hrolf Ragnvaldsson (later to be Robert, Duke of Normandy), Eirik Haraldsson (also called, Erik Bloodaxe), Gorm the Old (the first king of a united Denmark), his son, Harald "Bluetooth" Gormsson, Ragnar Lodbrok, Ivar the Boneless, and many more. What was there was good, I just expected a lot more.

  • A short, but thorough, well-researched and reasonably well written history of the Viking "Golden Age," (not so golden for the rest of Europe), from the late 700s through the 1300s. He doesn't hesitate to tell the truth about these violent, aggressive, brawling people, who were also traders and empire builders - in France, Russia, England, Ireland, and Iceland (Europe's, and perhaps the world's, first republic). Master ship builders, restless of foot, they always seemed to want to know what was over the horizon or around the coast, leading to truly epic journeys. Excellent reading for your high schoolers needing a book report or class project, and for anyone interested in history. There are even bits in here for those with an interest in linguistics, ship building, and navigation. Highly recommended.

  • I enjoyed learning about the Vikings' contributions to culture and government. I'm still thinking about the contrast between their brutality and crudeness and their contribution of strong, decent centralized government to some of the areas they conquered. The book is not the deepest exploration you will find, but the loss of depth is balanced by the ease of reading. It was a quick and pleasurable read that I would recommend to anyone who would like to know more about the Vikings without having to wade through a lot of heavy writing.

  • I have no complaints about this book. It is not long, but covers the range of the topic. A good introduction or a good overview.

    One thing I liked in particular, and I read the Kindle version, was that it contained many links in the text. I don't know how many, but let's say 1 to 3 per page. These links typically led to Wikipedia pages, where one could read a little more on a particular subject, as well as take one on to other related topics. Say, for example, you were reading: "Because of her (the ship's) high stem and stern, she could also venture out through the surf and across vast bodies of water, such as the Baltic or the Skagerrak...." In this example, both "Baltic" and "Skagerrak" are highlighted for links. Now I knew where the Baltic was, but I didn't know about Skagerrak, so I clicked on it. Leads to a Wikipedia page, with a map at top, and all the usual Wikipedia details below. Well, it turns out I did know where that was, but not what it was called, so that was useful.

    I hope to see more books linked so well in the future. Thank you, Mr. Wernick.

  • I chose this book because my knowledge of the Vikings was limited mostly to a very cursory description probably from high school world history many years ago and what I have learned from movies and documentaries. I did not fully comprehend the fact that they invaded virtually all of Europe at the peak of their existence and had a major influence that I never knew before. Because of the lack of documents and historical recordings, retracing the facts and events is more than a challenge for anyone writing a book of the Vikings. I found the book to be interesting, enjoyable and educational.

  • I enjoyed this book. I've not done a lot of study of the Vikings and this gives a good history of who they were and how they lived. While it doesn't go into great detail it gives enough detail while not becoming bogged down and boring. The book talks about their life in their homelands but also trading into Europe and Russia as well as their explorations and settlements in Iceland, Greenland and even North America. They were traders as much as raiders (though they had the raiding thing down pretty pat). Anyway, it's a worthwhile read.

  • This book hits the perfect balance between size and detail. Often I am frustrated that a good history is just too long; but it can be equally frustrating when it's so short that I feel cheated. This book was just right. In about 150 pages the author gives a comprehensive overview of Viking culture and exploits, with enough details about individual Viking personalities that you get a real feel for them. Their testosterone-charged aggressiveness (including that of their women) conquered most of Northern Europe and the British Isles, and propelled them even to plant a colony in North America. They did it all without writing much down, their history being orally transmitted. If such is their oral legacy, how much greater might their history be if it had been more widely written down?

  • Greatly enjoyed reading this book about my ancestors as prepare for a trip to Iceland this fall. The book provides a good overview of the life and times of the Norsemen combining history, saga and bit of philosophy. By time finished reading this realized would probably have not made it to 25 years old have I been born back then. The descriptions of Norse culture describes a tough, violent and yet honest people who were making the best of a technological advantage provided by their ships to support their families back home. The Norseman impact on the rest of medieval Europe was far beyond the simple role of a raider/ pillager. Because of their actions the cloak of the Dark Ages began to lift as people organized to defend themselves and adsorbed the skills the various the Norse raiders brought back home with them. The section on exploration of Iceland, Greenland and America, while brief, put some new light on that amazing period of time.