Viking: The Norse Warrior's (Unofficial) Manual (Unofficial Manuals) Hardcover – 11 Feb 2013
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If you fancy yourself as a looting, raiding, farming, treasure-making, pagan god-worshipping expert seafarer, you need Viking ... witty and informative --The Big Issue
Stunning --The Daily Mail
Well illustrated, boisterously light-hearted, and crammed with solid historical and archaeological information, this is a vivid window into the Viking Age --Current World Archaeology
Clearly written and attractively produced ... Detailed information is presented in a well constructed and logical format ... contains many gems of irresistible information. --The School Librarian
Clearly written and attractively produced … Detailed information is presented in a
well constructed and logical format … contains many gems of irresistible information. --The School Librarian
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I have read a lot of books about Vikings over the years and this one puts its information over in a very entertaining manner.
Plus the writer is a local man.
All too often, when reading about history, I feel I'm being kept at arm's length by the author. The presentation of detail in most historical texts just isn't immersive enough. It's as if writers either have too much reverence for their subject, or are too disdainful of their readers to try bringing their subject truly to life. The result is often a rote recitation of facts: dates, geography, context. It doesn't work! Far more accessible, it seems to me, is the Time Traveller's style of book: put the reader in there, make him/her walk the streets of London several centuries ago, describe the things they might see, hear, smell. Do it in a much more informal, almost fictional style. Make it entertaining! Well, this book does that, and continues this still relatively new way of presenting history in a hugely enjoyable way.
History is not written in stone. It's a living, changing subject. Hopefully we'll see a lot more of this kind of thing from now on.
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Accessible, engagingly written, and its scholarship seems sound.Published 17 months ago by Pat O'Brien