In AD 793 Norse warriors struck the English isle of Lindisfarne and laid waste to it. Wave after wave of Norse "sea wolves" followed in search of plunder, land, or a glorious death in battle. Much of the British Isles fell before their swords, and the continental capitals of Paris and Aachen were sacked in turn. Turning east, they swept down the uncharted rivers of central Europe, captured Kiev, and clashed with mighty Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.
But there is more to the Viking story than brute force. They were makers of law - the term itself comes from an Old Norse word - and they introduced a novel form of trial by jury to England. They were also sophisticated merchants and explorers who settled Iceland, founded Dublin, and established a trading network that stretched from Baghdad to the coast of North America.
In The Sea Wolves, Lars Brownworth brings to life this extraordinary Norse world of epic poets, heroes, and travelers through the stories of the great Viking figures, including Leif the Lucky, Eric Bloodaxe, and Harald Hardrada. This riveting history illuminates the saga of the Viking age - a time that "has passed away, and grown dark under the cover of night."
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A little dry but very interesting
- Angela "BookBug"
Very interesting history on the Vikings
it is written and organized in an interesting way...and the narrator is quite good as well.
hard to decide...but just the different his- stories that have heard elsewhere on the Vikings..but this one has many of them that I haven't heard about and makes them even more interesting now..and was insightful on this age.
surprisingly I liked his narration..even though many American narrators I often don't like as much as British narrators..but his voice and accent was good and even better than some British narrators I have heard.
well worth the time to listen to it