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Blood of the Vikings

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  26 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In several BBC television episodes of Meet the Ancestors Julian Richards has shown himself to be an enthusiastic explorer of the past and an able advocate of the imaginative reconstruction of the lives of those who peopled it. In Blood of the Vikings, the book accompanying another BBC series, he investigates the reality behind the images everyone has of the Vikings as fear ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published October 4th 2001 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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Lee Broderick
Jan 05, 2012 Lee Broderick rated it liked it
Shelves: archaeology, history
Thoroughly engaging popular overview of the Vikings in Britain, published to coincide with a TV series of the same name.
Rebecca
Jan 20, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for anyone in the United Kingdom who wants to understand the history surrounding the first viking raids to 1066. As it not only covered of course the impact on the small english kingdoms of Mercia, Wessex, North Umbria etc but it looks at how the vikings first began to turn towards the main continent by raiding into the Hebrides and Shetland, then how they affected the politics and many battles in Ireland which was as divded as England at the time with many small rulers squa ...more
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Sep 05, 2009 Abailart rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
The book that accompanied the BBC television series and presented by the author. I have recently looked at it again, cursorily as it requires: it is well written for its intended readership. Personally, and this goes for the television series too, I found it gave me a very useful framework should I ever wish to study further.
Sara
Oct 17, 2008 Sara rated it liked it
This is a nice overview of Viking activity in the British Isles. The author, in addition to researching this activity, was looking for DNA markers of Viking ancestry. This DNA research feels awkwardly tacked on and is incomplete, too.
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