This is the second of Tim Severin's Dark Ages romp through the Viking world.
Our first escapade with young Thorgils ended with him being fished out of a leaky Coracle by passing Vikings, having tried his hand at farming, hunting, life as a Monk and outlawdom. The beginning of Sworn brother finds him in bed with King Knut's Saxon wife and ends with him jioning the Byzantium Verengian guard.
Lots more fairly lighthearted adventures on the way as thorgils uncovers some very early money laundering, tries Royal animal keeping, jions up with the legendry Jomsvikings and goes on the run with an infamous icelandic outlaw.
The books are a series of mini adventures which introduce us to to a collection of larger than life characters and highly unlikey events! It's undemanding, great fun and stress free reading. It might not leave you with that 'I'm off to bed early to read my book' feeling but it will give you a few smiles and insight into the challenges of Dark ages Nordic living.
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