Title: The Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings
By: Neil Price
Call #: 948.022 Price.N
Absolutely wonderful history book that will “blow your mind” over and over! This is an introduction first to the “Viking” mind, the way the Scandinavians from 536 AD – 1200 AD thought of themselves and the world around them. And then it is a broad history moving easily as the Vikings did from Vinland (Canada) in the West to Byzantium in the East, starting when the Scandinavians emerged from the “end of the world” in 536 AD to the establishment of Medieval Christian kingdoms in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and more. With textual and physical evidence, he changes the whole way I looked at “the Viking phenomenon” and gave me a whole new view of the march of history from Rome to the modern day, especially English, French and Russian history. The author, Neil Price, is distinguished professor and chair of archaeology at Uppsala University, Sweden. Although his academic focus is the material culture of the Viking Age, he is also very familiar with the written record and the way it anticipates and adds nuance to the amazing archeological finds. Prepare to be amazed and filled with wonder!
Tags: Archaelogy, history, Vikings