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Neil Oliver's great book,
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This review is from: Vikings (Hardcover)
Before I read this record of the Vikings, I knew very little about them as a group, besides the general idea that they had invaded England. Now I know that, for example, William the Conqueror was one of the many Viking groups who spread across Europe from Scandinavia to Constantinople in the East, and across England, Scotland, Ireland and the Orkneys, besides Eric the Red's famous journey across the Atlantic to the edge of North America.
Oliver's style is lively. He places himself inside the events which he records, imagining for example a young girl in a red dress running around a Danish port, and vividly recording the daily lives of the marauding invaders. He explains how the Vikings took on many of the characteristics of the countries where they moved, fitting smoothly into other societies: besides of course demanding obedience by bitter fighting. A Viking could never be separated from his axe and knife. But they are the forerunners of most of the European societies which we know today: including our own in the United Kingdom and Ireland.