Northmen: The Viking Saga, 793-1241 AD

Northmen The Viking Saga AD An authoritative volume that places the Vikings in their wider geographical and historical context Follow the Vikings from their prehistoric pagan origins to their transformation into Christian Europe

  • Title: Northmen: The Viking Saga, 793-1241 AD
  • Author: John Haywood
  • ISBN: 9781250106148
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An authoritative volume that places the Vikings in their wider geographical and historical context.Follow the Vikings from their prehistoric pagan origins to their transformation into Christian Europeans.In 800, the Scandinavians were barbarians in longships bent only on plunder and rapine But as these Norse warriors left their northern strongholds to trade, raid, and setAn authoritative volume that places the Vikings in their wider geographical and historical context.Follow the Vikings from their prehistoric pagan origins to their transformation into Christian Europeans.In 800, the Scandinavians were barbarians in longships bent only on plunder and rapine But as these Norse warriors left their northern strongholds to trade, raid, and settle across wide areas of Europe, Asia and the North Atlantic, their violent and predatory culture left a unique imprint on medieval history So much so that, by 1200, the Viking homelands had become an integral part of Latin Christendom Northmen tells this story.Focusing on key events, such as the sack of Lindisfarne in 793 and the murder of the saga writer Snorri Sturluson in 1241, in authoritative and compelling prose, medieval history expert Dr John Haywood tells the extraordinary story of the Viking Age shedding light on the causes, impact, and eventual decline of Viking seafaring.

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    1. Be warned this book will useful to you if you are truly and deeply interested in Viking history , as that it's what this book focuses on entirely. From the Vikings beginnings on Scandinavia, its emergence from then on to raids on the English coast, raids in the Scottish , Irish , Spanish , Muslim Spain , Russia , Sweden , France and even the Byzantine empire occupy most of the book. The author goes to explain what effects the Viking presence had in each of these places , how they took power in E [...]

    2. I knew very little about Viking history and I found this book at a time when I was eager to read about it. Haywood's book is informative and comprehensive. Using primary sources and denoting when certain sources may be unreliable, it tells the histories of Viking activity in every location they travelled. But it doesn't just tell about what the Vikings were up to, it examines the existing cultures and peoples the Vikings raided and/or explored. It's goal is to tell about the Vikings' impact on t [...]

    3. I believe this may be the best account of the golden years of the “Viking Age” from 793-1241. It’s interesting to note that this highlight period of the Northmen coincides with the Dark Ages, a time when little history was recorded. With this in mind I must warn readers that it is in textbook form and the documentation, although very thorough, seems repetitive as Scandinavians, predominately Danish Kings, set forth with warriors on war ships to prey on weaker civilizations looting, plunder [...]

    4. A good and wide-ranging account of the Vikings, from their early beginnings to their invasions, slave taking and expansion to the North Atlantic, the British Isles, Normandy, Sicily, the Slavic lands and beyond (new to me: an account of two vicious plundering raids all the way to the Caspian coast of Iran and Azerbaijan!). The detailed descriptions of who succeeded whom and how can become confusing, but it is either that or skipping a lot of detail and the author opted to include the details. I [...]

    5. Entretenida obra divulgativa sobre los pueblos escandinavos, su historia y su influencia en Europa. Tal vez, la organización por ámbitos geográficos complica el poder establecer un hilo conductor, ya que muchos de los protagonistas actuaron en diferentes ubicaciones a lo largo del tiempo. Pero como conclusión obtenemos una imagen clara del impacto de los vikingos en la evolución de los estados europeos.

    6. I confess I did not read every word. A comprehensive history, battle by battle, king by king, boat by boat. Interesting for those who want to understand the cultural history of the Scandanavian people, especially the Danes, after the Iron Age began.

    7. An engagingly-written and wide-ranging overview of the Viking era! Here's my longer review:openlettersmonthly/boo

    8. For nearly 500 years, the Vikings were the scourge of much of Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and beyond. These fearsome warriors invaded and conquered vast swaths of lands from Great Britain and France to Islamic Spain and Italy. Along the way, it colonized Iceland, Greenland and even Russia, and managed to set up outposts in what is now North America.In “Northmen: The Viking Saga, AD 793-1241,” historian John Haywood recounts with compelling detail this expansive and violent jou [...]

    9. Book that covers Dark Age (around late 700s to the early twelfth century) Scandinavia. The book opens with a well written introduction on the Vikings world view followed by an opening chapter setting out the origins of the Viking Societies. Most of the rest of the book then follows a geographical theme – looking at the interaction of the Vikings with various areas (for example England, the France, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Eastern Europe) and particularly considering what part the Vikings play [...]

    10. There were times when Haywood loses the Vikings in his discussions of the peoples they invaded. And there were times when I lost them in the repetitive names common at times (like in European monarchies!). He chooses to discuss them in separate sections depending on what group/nation they were interacting with. He never discusses them overall though he makes it clear that there wasn't really an "overall"--there were Norwegians, and Danes, and Swedes.

    11. As I contemplated moving to Scandinavia I thought to also perhaps enlighten myself on the history of the strange far off world and new home. I saw this one standing out amongst the Ancient Roman novella and I flicked casually through the book, landing at a chapter entitled " Gamla Uppsala", the very place I'd be moving to. I'd been there a mere year before. That's was sign enough for me to buy it! Whilst not as thrilling or tumultuous as the histories of Central Europe and the Near East, the his [...]

    12. Wish I could add a half star three seems like too little but 4 seems like a lot.I liked it. Haywood clearly knows his stuff and takes us through the 500 years or so of Vikings and their impact on history. Likewise, he clearly states history's impact on Vikings, especially in terms of long term cultural impact.But ultimately, I found some chapters to be very interesting and exciting, while others were slow and rather mundane. The book itself shows the various groups of Vikings, from which country [...]

    13. I quit reading this book before I was done with the first chapter. Why? Here's why. This book was written by an "expert" historian as opposed to a member of academia. The difference is in their choice of terms and statements when expressing an opinion. A "expert" will use words like "must", "clearly" and "should be" when expression their opinion without any citations or other foot notes to back up their claim. A trained professional of academia will use words such as "suggests" "could be" or "se [...]

    14. Un libro muy recomendable para cuando ya sabemos que los vikingos no llevaban cuernos en los cascos, que las mujeres llevaban las llaves de casa y que las espadas Ulfberth eran mejores que el acero valyrio. Si todo eso nos ha gustado y queremos dar un paso más, John Haywood pasa a la historia pura y dura: reyes y qué hicieron. Incursiones vikingas en distintos lugares de Europa. Asentamientos y lo que ha quedado de ellos. Si no se os cae la baba vikinga ya, además incluye mapas y tablas genal [...]

    15. Very Christian and very, very male. The author presumes that a ship full of men would rather go naked on an expedition of several years than do something so feminine as mend their own clothing. (The presence of spindles and bobbins is taken to explicitly indicate the presence of women b/c that's women's work 🙄) But whatever, historians are what they are. Not as squishy or anthropological as I would like, primarily focused on which dudes killed whom where, when, and with what army, but interes [...]

    16. Entretenida y completa historia de los vikingos. Alejada de mitos toca muchos aspectos de la cultura nórdica y explica los cambios que éstos produjeron en Europa y como el contacto con otros lugares los modificó a ellos.Quizás conviene advertir que el libro se organiza por los lugares donde sus invasiones o contactos comerciales tuvieron lugar por lo que en ocasiones, si el protagonista intervino en varios sitios, la línea temporal puede resultar un poco confusa. Este inconveniente se soluc [...]

    17. An enjoyable look at the history of the Vikings as they spread out across Europe, into Asia and even America, covering the period from 793 to 1241. It tends to follow one geographical area at a time rather than strictly adhering to the calendar, but there's a very handy timeline provided as an appendix that makes it easier to place the events in parallel. Could have done with a few more maps, though.

    18. Interessant boek, maar legt helaas iets te veel de nadruk op jaartallen en de daaraan verbonden veldslagen, wisseling van eigenaren van bepaalde gebieden en het overlijden van belangrijke heersers. De tekst op de achterkant deed vermoeden dat er dieper ingegaan zou worden op de lokale cultuur van de Vikingkoloniën. Desondanks leest het boek goed weg, en biedt het een uitgebreide beschrijving van de verspreiding van de Vikingen over Europa.

    19. This is a detailed textbook that communicates in chronological order the Vikings. From 800AD to 1300AD each king, each major voyage, pillage and plunder is described. The Vikings were every bit as barbaric as ISIS. Violence is occasionally described in gory detail. Reading this book you will learn more about the Vikings that you every wanted to learn.

    20. While this book was very well researched and explained I did find it repetitive as the author came back to the same people a few times as this fit into the territory being covered. I would have preferred a time linear story to get it all in context to avoid this but Still well written and put together

    21. The areas it covers, it covers very comprehensively. However, the focus is very much on the areas outside Scandinavia and the ways they were affected by the vikings, rather than on the homelands of the Norsemen themselves.

    22. Very interesting, but not for the tender of heart. These were not nice people even by the standards of their time.

    23. I picked this book up on more or less of a whim after I started watching the TV show "Vikings" and became curious as to how historically accurate the show is to real life. The answer is: about as accurate as you would think, which is to say not particularly, although there are a few customs, such as certain death rituals, were very accurate. At any rate, I ended up quite enjoying this book. The language felt a little stilted and awkward at the start, but either it improved a lot as the book prog [...]

    24. A little hard keeping all of the players straight but it gave me a new understanding of how far Vikings traveled and how much of a role they had in Europe's History. I had never really thought about them much other than as characters for movies or the recent TV show on the History Channel. Haywood's given us a great read. I appreciated the bibliography broken out by geographic region the Vikings impacted too. I'll be saving that for the futre.

    25. This was an interesting account of the rise and end of the Viking cultures within Denmark, Sweden and Norway as well as their exploits within Europe. I found the Irish kingdoms a bit confusing with all the long names but understand how there resilience ensured they were never fully conquered by the Norse. It was interesting to read how these countries adopted Christianity. The Swedes were the last Vikings to accept Christianity. The book also went into some detail about the other pagan tribes th [...]

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