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The Northmen's Fury: A History of the Viking World

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The Northmen’s Fury tells the Viking story, from the first pinprick raids of the eighth century to the great armies that left their Scandinavian homelands to conquer larger parts of France, Britain and Ireland. It recounts the epic voyages that took them across the Atlantic to the icy fjords of Greenland and to North America over four centuries before Columbus and east to ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published February 27th 2014 by Jonathan Cape
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Feb 06, 2016 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When you hear the word Viking, you think of tall blond Scandinavian man with a horned helmet, an aggressive attitude, a round shield, a sword who has just stepped off a longboat. Most of those facts are right, apart from the horned helmet. These men came out of nowhere in the 8th century to wreak havoc and bloodshed across the lands of England, France and Ireland. People who lived close to seas and rivers were fearful for their very lives at the sight of a sail on the horizon.

Whilst they were bl
Ian Brydon
This book offers a history of the Viking world, and plots the growth and then diaspora of the various sub-groups encompassed by that term. They certainly made extensive forays, reaching eastwards into Russia, and even reaching Istanbul (known to them as Mikkelgard), while also reaching south to Normandy and Brittany, and southwest to Britain. Their voyages westwards are noiw well documented, though this account places greater emphasis than many on the failed colonisation of Greenland.

Parker has
May 17, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
An absolutely delightful, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable book to read. A very detailed world wide trip through every year of Viking history from the feuding countries of pre-scandinavia through each country they encountered. Not just the well known ones like England, Ireland, Iceland and Greenland but France, Russia, Faroes/Shetland & Hebridies and far east into Istanbul and beyond. For anyone interested in Vikings whether just a bit curious or with an avid interest.
Norman Howe
Oct 16, 2015 Norman Howe rated it liked it
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They're Vikings, and they're okay.
Nov 27, 2016 Sylia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dla badaczy Wikingów to ciekawa pozycja bez wątpienia. Jedyny minus to skupienie pełni uwagi na zachodnich kwestiach, skrócenie do możności zagadnienia Rusi.
Niemniej godna polecenia.
Nov 16, 2016 Wiedźma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Furia ludzi Północy. Dzieje świata wikingów" do pozycja, po którą powinien sięgnąć każdy zainteresowany tematem wikingów, bez względu czy zaczął od powieści historycznych czy serialu "Wikingowie". Philip Parker zabiera czytelników w wędrówkę śladami wikingów i pokazuje ich potęgę oraz strach, jaki przez długi czas wywoływali wśród królów i książąt chrześcijańskiego świata.

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Mar 20, 2016 Speesh rated it really liked it
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Another history of the Vikings? Do we really need another one? Well, yes, if they’re as good as this one.

This is an easily digested, engrossing, reads like a novel, time-line history. No darting about, not too long on one area, no frills history. I thought it was pretty good. I thought it read like it had been written to try and bring the Vikings to a new, younger generation, though without dumbing down any. If you've read other Viking histories (as I have - and plenty), you’ll already know a lo
Sarah Rogers
May 18, 2016 Sarah Rogers rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Clearly well researched and at times fascinating, but the structure of the book based as it is on geographical conquests rather than strictly chronological made for a frustrating read. The North American part as well as the warring Orkney Vikings were great and the momentum of the narrative leading to 1066 and Hastings were all excellent. Not so good were what felt like endless lists of names (& accompanying nicknames) engaged in repetitive battles. It felt like it was missing a level of ...more
Dimi Balerinas
Mar 25, 2016 Dimi Balerinas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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For me personally; the more references to sources there are in a historical book combined to how objective the writer is - the more accurate it can be, and this book is one of the best i've read in those terms.
The book provides tons of details, names, places, areas, dates and activities while scanning the world for Viking records geochronologically-wise and everything is backed with references to sources both historical records and sagas and often carefully criticized over how accurate or legit
Aug 09, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The extent and range of Viking involvement in their three hundred years of dominance is astonishing.

From Newfoundland to Turkey, Russia to Spain, Dublin to Constantinople they ranged in their violence and plunder, affecting the evolution of Western Europe to the extent that even William the Conquerer was of Norse descent.

Parker turns a history book into a fascinating account of the complexity of Viking influence in many aspects of our cultural evolution.
Michelle Styles
Jun 01, 2014 Michelle Styles rated it really liked it
It is another recounting of the History of the VIkings. The better part or less well travelled is the section at the end about The Last VIkings and the end of the Viking Age when Parker goes on to discuss the whys and wherefores of what was going on after the defeat at Stamford Bridge and why the Vikings hold such an iconic spot in the world's collective memory.

Angel Serrano
Recorrido histórico del origen, la expansión, el apogeo y la decadencia del imperio vikingo, que desde sus orígenes escandinavos, principalmente noruegos y daneses, se extendió por Suecia, Gran Bretaña, Irlanda, Islandia, las islas Orcadas, Shetlands, Hebridas, Groenlandia, Norteamérica, Francia, Italia, Rusia, Ucrania y el Imperio Bizantino.
Marcus Wilson
Aug 20, 2016 Marcus Wilson rated it liked it
This is a pretty comprehensive history of the Viking age, the author should be commended for that alone. However it is not an easy read, and I found his writing style to be very flat and unexciting. It became too much of a chore to read in the end and I was relieved to eventually finish it, a shame really given the exciting subject matter.
Dec 08, 2015 Diarmid rated it really liked it
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A good solid history of the Vikings, covering England, Scandinavia, Russia, Iceland, Greenland and the Viking landings in North America. Does exactly what it says on the tin.
Really starting to struggle a bit with this, it takes what should be fascinating and turns it into dry, monotonous narrative, maybe it is just me.
Dec 09, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
There's no doubt this book is full of fascinating facts. I found the author's style quite dull. I'm glad I persevered until the end, however at times I found it a bit of a slog.
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