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Publisher's Summary

From Robert Ferguson comes a comprehensive and thrilling history, based on the latest scholarship, that offers the definitive portrait of the Vikings.
©2009 Robert Ferguson (P)2012 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Integrating archaeological, genetic, linguistic, and literary information, Ferguson realizes a Viking history bound to satisfy." (Booklist)
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By Elizabeth Ciminelli on 04-25-12

Good Historical Overview

This book is a well written historical summary of the Viking age. I would recommend it as the first book you read in order to meet the vikings for the first time. The book covers many topics, but the overall theme is the struggle between Christianity and Heathendom in Scandinavian during the middle age.

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By Mike on 11-13-13

A Good Overview of Viking History

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As someone who loves history, I enjoyed and benefited from listening to this book. It covers all the major peoples, cultures, and events of the Viking age. Those who aren't into history may find some aspects of it (such as discussions of Viking politics) a little more dry than others. My only complaint was that the author's thematic or topical approach to the subject (focusing on groups or areas at a time) made it hard to see the history of vikings as a whole or tie the pieces together chronologically. This can be a problem in general when trying to tackle a broad historical topic however. Overall, this was an enjoyable and beneficial read and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested.

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