on 27 August 1998
Griffith critically examines the evidence on how and why the Vikings fought, and finds much of it questionable. The sagas aren't reliable, sources are fantastic or biased, and physical remains are insufficient for firm conclusions. In short, he acts like a real historian in a period where enthusiastic amateurs have set the standards. Overall, he finds a mixed record of Norse military success, seeing them more as opportunistic bandits than conquering warriors. Given the persistance of Norse "kingdoms" in some areas of Northern Europe, this conclusion is far from proven. Many readers would probably disagree with some (or most) of his conclusions, but he does make you go back and look at the sources. Most recommended for those interested in the Vikings, "Dark Ages" Britain, Scandinavia, and Russia.