The Modern Scholar: The Norsemen - Understanding Vikings and Their Culture

  • by Professor Michael D.C. Drout
  • Narrated by uncredited
  • 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Margaret

OK, but i wanted history not literature

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes I would, but with the proviso that Dr Drout seems to spend WAY too much time doing detailed synopses of the Viking literature, and far too little time on their actual history. I downloaded the book for HISTORY. While I'm that a goodly part of what historians must draw on is derived from the literature they left to us, the author spends too much time relating what happens in the epicss, which has limited value for someone who wants to know how the people lived, interacted with others, what lands they occupied, and how they impacted history. The book has limited value in that regard, and I'm somewhat disappointed.


Has The Modern Scholar: The Norsemen - Understanding Vikings and Their Culture turned you off from other books in this genre?

The aurothor prefaces almost every chapter with a reading in the mother tongue. This is interesting, up to a point. After one round, OK I get it, the language is interesting and unique, but completely unintelligible. Simply not needed every chapter.


Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The Anglo-Saxon book was better.


Any additional comments?

Overall a very good effort by the author, I appreciate the studies and knowledge, I just wish there was less literature and more history.

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- John Pepin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books