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The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  179 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
With settlements stretching across a vast expanse and with legends of their exploits extending even farther, the Vikings were the most far-flung and feared people of their time. Yet the archaeological and historical records are so scant that the true nature of Viking civilization remains shrouded in mystery.
In this richly illustrated volume, twelve leading scholars draw o
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 20th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 13th 1997)
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Sarah(All The Book Blog Names Are Taken)
Wavering back and forth between 3 and 4 stars. 4 for now. Review to come soon, rating may or may not change.


Review stays 4 Stars; the essays about England and Russia and religion helped tip the scale. See my book blog for photos ------------->

I really enjoyed this collections of essays for a number of reasons. My primary level of interest in is Anglo-Saxon England and the Wessex kings especially - Alfred the Great is great for
Mar 08, 2010 Libby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't get a thrill when they think "Vikings"? Adventure, far traveling, exploration, treasure, all are associated with these Norse seafarers. Then there is looting, pillaging, plundering and taking slaves. Whatta buncha guys! However, a serious look at the civilization of the Vikings reveals much more than jolly adventurers, or pirates in long ships. The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings will give you a look at the trading networks, land-holding practices, physical environment and ...more
Jun 10, 2016 Natalia rated it it was ok
Я бы не сказала, что книжка очень хорошая, но в целом подойдет для тех, кто хочет что-то прочитать о викингах.

Мне очень напомнило уроки по истории Великобритании на английском, где мы заучивали базовые тексты о развитии исторических событий. Почти как "London is the capital of Great Britain", иногда из подкорки мозга возникают знания о правителях острова, войнах, женах власть имевших и прочем.

Не думаю, что такие знания универсальны и нужны всем, но для развития кругозора прочитать интересно.
Sep 07, 2012 Maja rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I like this book as an introduction to viking raids, but it does not really work as a general introduction to vikings as a people and the viking age. There really isn't any chapters about who the vikings were, why they were vikings and why the viking age is an era. It was, however, a really good book if you're only interested in vikings raids as the defining aspect of the vikings, then this book is what you're looking for.
Apr 08, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it
A broad overview of the Viking Age, this often reads like a mix between a coffee table book and a text book. But you know what? I'm down with that. There's a wealth of interesting things to be learned in this book, and it is full to bursting with complimentary images and maps. Since I am American, these things make reading seem happier. Anyway, a good place to start if you want to wade into the historical accounts of the Vikings.
Not a terribly satisfying or enjoyable book. It's an anthology, so there's quite a lot of unevenness in the authors. Admittedly, this brings varying experts to diverse Viking topics, but the book feels halting and jagged. For an illustrated history, the illustrations are dated and sparser than one would hope.
H. P. Reed
Jul 05, 2013 H. P. Reed rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history
The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings is a compendium of essays by a number of scholars on various times and aspects of Viking culture. So there is some repetition of facts, if not of inferences drawn from those facts. The authors are clear writers, the illustrations are interesting but the book as a whole didn't hang together.
Sarah Schanze
Mar 15, 2014 Sarah Schanze rated it liked it
Took a while to get through this, but there were some interesting chapters. I especially liked the one about religion, which didn't make the Vikings seem dumb for being pagan and didn't make the Christians seem evil for trying to convert them. It felt like a pragmatic and balanced chapter. Some interesting stuff, if a bit dry at parts.
Jan 26, 2011 Kellee rated it really liked it
Good overview. Especially appreciated that the book made estimates of how many ships/warriors landed at some of the raids, which gave a sense of scale I was previously having trouble grasping.
Jul 19, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1history, box11
an introduction to the Vikings - good for a first book
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