In AD 793 Norse warriors struck the English isle of Lindisfarne and laid waste to it. Wave after wave of Norse "sea wolves" followed in search of plunder, land, or a glorious death in battle. Much of the British Isles fell before their swords, and the continental capitals of Paris and Aachen were sacked in turn. Turning east, they swept down the uncharted rivers of central Europe, captured Kiev, and clashed with mighty Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.
But there is more to the Viking story than brute force. They were makers of law - the term itself comes from an Old Norse word - and they introduced a novel form of trial by jury to England. They were also sophisticated merchants and explorers who settled Iceland, founded Dublin, and established a trading network that stretched from Baghdad to the coast of North America.
In The Sea Wolves, Lars Brownworth brings to life this extraordinary Norse world of epic poets, heroes, and travelers through the stories of the great Viking figures, including Leif the Lucky, Eric Bloodaxe, and Harald Hardrada. This riveting history illuminates the saga of the Viking age - a time that "has passed away, and grown dark under the cover of night."
©2014 Lars Brownworth (P)2015 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 24-02-16

More history they didn't teach you at school

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Having received followed an Anglo-centric history curriculum at school, I knew about the wicked Vikings, danegeld and the Danelaw. This book is a very informative introduction to the rest of Viking history. Worth a listen, if only to discover the name of the first European born in North America.

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By Angela on 30-08-15

A little dry but very interesting

Once you get used to the tone of the narrator it's very good, but he is very dry. I just finished listening to the Greatest Courses audiobook The Vikings, and this book basically reiterated everything that was in that lecture but in a more story-like and less lecture-like fashion. I enjoyed both and this book had a lot of slightly different perspectives and a few more details that weren't in the Greatest Courses lecture that were interesting. Definitely recommend if you're into Viking history.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 19-11-15

Vikings for dummies.

Very fun history of the vikings, if somewhat simplistic. Good and integrated combination of history and myth.

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