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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442601485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442601482
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Viking Age is a most enjoyable and informative volume for dipping into. -- The Medieval Review Somerville and McDonald should be congratulated for having compiled a most useful reader, one that is extraordinarily broad and as complete as one might wish for a thorough introduction to the Viking Age. It should be welcomed by instructors, students, and the general reader. -- Journal of English and Germanic Philology

About the Author

Angus A. Somerville is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University. R. Andrew McDonald is Professor in the Department of History at Brock University.

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By Manxtoby on 10 Feb. 2013
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A subject I have a great interest in. Fascinating subject , and readings from far and wide in the Norse world.
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Exactly as described, arrived on time
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
True Viking Cognizance 19 April 2010
By Dag Stomberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Viking history is not a single continuous story; rather it is a set
of stories very well represented in this READER. One might add this
book helps us understand Viking history in a way superlative to many other attempts. It pictures the restless spirit of the Vikings! Their stories are informative, exciting and often provocative.

The editors are Angus Somerville, a professor who maintains scholarly interests in Medieval history and R. Andrew McDonald,
an accomplished historian of Medieval England, Scotland and the
Isle of Man. The sources used from the British Isles and the
European Continent make this particular book highly relevant to
a better knowledge and appreciation of this fascinating part of
European history.

Dag Stomberg
St. Andrews, Scotland
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Good Sampler 28 Oct. 2012
By Karen M. Carlson - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection covers various aspects of Scandinavian life, culture, politics, and belief during the Viking age. It is divided by topic, with chapters on:

1. The Scandinavian Homelands
2. Scandinavian Society
3. A Glimpse of Ninth-Century Scandinavia
4. Early Religion and Belief
5. Women in the Viking Age
6. Viking Warriors and Their Weapons
7. Fjord-Serpents: Viking Ships
8. "Sudden and Unforeseen Attacks of Northmen"
9. "The Heathens Stayed": from Raiding to Settlement
10. Austrveg: The Viking Road to the East
11. Into the Western Ocean, the Faeroes, Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland
12. Viking Life and Death
13. From Odin to Christ
14. State-Building at Home and Abroad
15. The End of the Viking Age

These chapters contain selections from the medieval literature pertaining to the respective topics. The selections include excerpts from Icelandic sagas (early historical fiction), roughly contemporary histories, and poetry. Most of the selections are short, on the order of two to ten pages.

For the sagas in particular, the excerpts -- from what are often long, and (to the modern ear) somewhat disjoint stories with huge casts of characters -- have been carefully selected to illustrate facets of Viking life. This is a good introduction to medieval Icelandic literature for readers not ready to dive into the full individual sagas.

Translations are good, readable modern English, with enough notes to give the reader some context.
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Simple to read 2 July 2013
By Ryan Friedrich - Published on Amazon.com
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For class, it has a lot of background information. Has an all encompassing view of the vikings, something not many history books have.
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