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Wonderfully personal and poetic exploration of the subtleties involved in conflict and assimilation that took place encounters between Scandinavian and Anglo Saxon peoples of the early medieval period.
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Very well written and researched book from an author who clearly loves the subject. He strives to make the point that the world of our past was a very real and human one, while simultaneously being completely alien in places. For example he’ll Introduce you to a wholesome Viking family celebration, filled with merriment and fun, sounding very much like a modern Christmas, until he casually points out the “torrent” of ritual animal blood “applied liberally to walls, floors, and guests.”
The only criticism I would have is that if my concentration strayed for as much as 20 seconds, it was easy to get entirely lost. I had to rewind frequently to keep up. It requires more concentration than most audiobooks so multi-tasking is inadvisable. However, I will not mark the book down for this as it’s more a guideline for the listener and not a fault of the author.
Overall a brilliant book from one of the most fascinating and misunderstood eras of British history.