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Chronicles of the Vikings

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This book brings the Vikings to life, showing them as they saw themselves, portrayed in their own writings or in the reports of people who knew them closely. It comprises a series of new translations from primary sources: runic inscriptions left behind by the Vikings, poems of their official skalds, literary works that entertained them, the few prose historical accounts th ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 9th 1995 by University of Toronto Press (first published 1995)
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Mar 25, 2011 Basicallyrun rated it it was amazing
My first bit of preparatory reading for ASNC! Very informative and very interesting (which I guess shows I'm applying for the right course). I love how much of it is done by quotation from contemporary sources - the rune stones in particular are really interesting - as it really gives an idea of *how* modern historians have gone about reconstructing the past. Page is an entertaining narrator - I particularly like it when he refers to Auden's translation of the Poetic Edda with a sniffy, 'Yes, Au ...more
Apr 22, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
A really interesting if old book that carefully goes explores nearly every aspect of Viking culture and history from geographical aspects through to their customs and beliefs. All through the words of the Vikings themselves, from runestones, sagas and other historical documents. Definitely recommend for anyone with a strong interest in Vikings.
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Aug 07, 2015 Kathryn Bullen rated it really liked it
Thorough, interesting and insightful delve into the world of the Vikings as seen from their perspective - through writings, runes and sagas.
Aug 28, 2007 Louise rated it liked it
I'm only on the first chapter so far, so this review will probably change. I bought this book thinking that it might be easier going than it actually is.

That said, it's very informative. There's explanatory text interspersed with large chunks from various Viking poems and runic inscriptions. Not that I have taken much of it in, but sttempting to understand poetry (well, blank verse I suppose) from an alien culture is often like that. Things seep in slowly.
Aug 04, 2014 Vyvyan rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-request
Lots of quotes; not a huge amount of context.
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