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on 24 December 2013
I liked this.
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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on 2 October 2013
This is one of a series looking at the "career prospects "of warrior in history.
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.
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on 2 October 2013
An unusual take on the Vikings. It is best to know something about the Vikings to fully appreciate this book - but I loved it.
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on 19 March 2014
Exceedingly interesting, enlightening and even entertaining. Fabulous content and detail. Great images and historical examples from sagas and international history. If you have an interest in vikings and even if you think you know your stuff this is highly recommended. It covers so many aspects of the Viking world from social position, national politics, rulers and leaders, types of ships, armour and weapons, joining an army or going o a Strandhogg and even what to do with the loot you earn and those that die. A thoroughly enjoyable book for all ages.
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on 27 February 2014
This is almost as good as the similar book about the Roman soldier - 'Legionary'. Interesting facts, figures and explanations in a relaxed style.
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on 19 November 2014
This is an excellent book. Haywood wears his considerable scholarship lightly and speaks directly to his reader in a witty, informative fashion that avoids coarse stereotypes and clichés. The intriguing device of writing a manual for aspiring Vikings works extremely well in Haywood's deft hands. Perhaps his greatest achievement is to have written a book that can be appreciated by both beginners and old-hands in Viking history. I thoroughly enjoyed it and warmly recommend it.
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on 13 December 2014
Excellently researched, this book goes a long way to explain the hitherto-arcane world of Viking life & work!
Written light-heartedly, it examines very serious stuff!
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on 9 March 2015
Accessible, engagingly written, and its scholarship seems sound.
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on 18 August 2015
Very interesting and enjoyable.
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on 3 January 2015
A+ product and service
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