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Professor Michael D.C. Drout of Wheaton College immerses listeners in the extraordinary legacy of Viking civilization, which developed in what is now Scandinavia during the early Middle Ages. During the course of these lectures, Professor Drout explores how these peoples conquered all of Northern Europe, traveled as far as Byzantium in the East and North America in the West, and left a literary legacy that includes numerous works studied and enjoyed to this day.
©2012 Michael D.C. Droutt (P)2012 Crescite Group, LLC
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By Margaret on 12-23-12

Best download in months!

This is the fourth course by Professor Drout I've listened to and this may be my favorite. He enthusiastically covers the history of the culture, (religion, literature, language) and the politics of the Vikings (which he explains was a word that originally meant "a man who keeps his boat tied up in the creek behind his farm") and also their importance to European history as a whole.

He touches on a wide variety of subjects. But the lectures fly by and I found myself wishing the course was longer. I was never bored and I will re-listen to it several more times. I highly recommend this course.

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By Kathleen on 09-01-13

Vikings in a Cultural Context

What did you love best about The Modern Scholar: The Norsemen - Understanding Vikings and Their Culture?

I loved all of the connections that Drout made. I've been on a medieval northern Europe kick after listening to a series of lectures on JRR Tolkein (and HIS connection to the medieval world) by Corey Olsen (one of which included a guest lecture by Professor Drout). I just love how Drout shows the evolution of our understanding of Vikings and their culture. He does a great job of connecting literature with actual events, as well as how those ideas developed into other pieces of art. Some other posts mentioned the lack of history, but the reading the literature is HOW we come to understand the history, so I feel that I got plenty of historical context here. I look forward to listening to other lectures by Mr. Drout.

What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar: The Norsemen - Understanding Vikings and Their Culture to and why?

Exploring JRR Tolkein's The Hobbit: Tolkein, the medievalist that he was, funneled many Norse ideas into his works. Obviously, that makes a connection to this set of lectures, as far as subject matter is concerned, but I'd compare the style of the book to these lectures, as well. Both authors are enthusiastic, interesting, and complete, without being confusing.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

The narrator was enthusiastic and easy-to-follow. Of course, it helps that it was also the writer of the material. I felt like I was in a class with my favorite professor. Also, it was fantastic to hear Old Norse spoken aloud.

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By forester on 06-01-16

Much enjoyed, learnt a great deal

If you could sum up The Modern Scholar: The Norsemen - Understanding Vikings and Their Culture in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, informative, precise

Any additional comments?

Gives real insight into the Viking culture dispels many myths about them, I ma very glad I got the book.

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