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A new narrative history of the Viking Age, interwoven with exploration of the physical remains and landscapes that the Vikings fashioned and walked: their rune stones and ship burials, settlements and battlefields.

To many, the word Viking brings to mind red scenes of rape and pillage, of marauders from beyond the sea rampaging around the British coastline in the last gloomy centuries before the Norman Conquest. And it is true that Britain in the Viking Age was a turbulent, violent place. The kings and warlords who have impressed their memories on the period revel in names that fire the blood and stir the imagination: Svein Forkbeard and Edmund Ironside, Ivar the Boneless and Alfred the Great, Erik Bloodaxe and Edgar the Pacifier, amongst many others. Evidence for their brutality, their dominance, their avarice and their pride is still unearthed from British soil with stunning regularity.

This is not, however, the whole story.

In Viking Britain, Thomas Williams has drawn on his experience as project curator of the major international exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend to show how the people we call Vikings came not just to raid and plunder but to settle, to colonise and to rule. The impact on these islands was profound and enduring, shaping British social, cultural and political development for hundreds of years. Indeed, in language, literature, place names and folklore, the presence of Scandinavian settlers can still be felt, and their memory - filtered and refashioned through the writings of people like J. R. R. Tolkien, William Morris and G. K. Chesterton - has transformed the Western imagination.

This remarkable new audiobook draws upon new academic research and first-hand experience, drawing deeply from the relics and landscapes that the Vikings and their contemporaries fashioned and walked: their rune stones and ship burials, settlements and battlefields, poems and chronicles. The audiobook offers a vital evocation of a forgotten world, its echoes in later history and its implications for the present. It is a stunning exploration of Viking Britain by a writer of immense literary power.

©2017 Thomas Williams (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Joshua
  • 2018/07/06

great listen

I loved this, it's such an in-depth look at the Viking era in Britain. And I mean all of Britain, too many books leave out Wales and Scotland which I always disliked.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Noah
  • 2018/05/09

Very good, can be easy to get lost

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.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • J. Sharpe
  • 2018/01/04

My 2017 book of the year

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.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2019/10/29

Very extensive, Rich, imaginative and detaillier Account of the Subjekt

The Book itself is Great but it is a pity and this a criticism for Audible that the narrator had Not the raintest idea how to pronounce Anglo-Saxon or Old Norse. Striking is that he Rendered the Rune standing for th as p because it probably lookef as p to ihm sic!

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019/07/01

Too much purple prose

A promising start when the author establishes he wants to challenge misconceptions about the Vikings. But he is too florid and what's worse, puts in scenes which he appears to have made up himself. Good narration nonetheless

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Mr Christopher W Mann
  • 2020/07/30

An illuminating history of Viking Britain

This book really does give a multi level look at how the Vikings influenced Britain. Like many people I had a rather one-dimensional view of the Vikings and now my eyes have truly been opened. The author doesn't have all the answers due to the lack of historical documents but offers his interpretations and encourages the reader likewise. The book has a good flow and I heartily recommend it.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chris R
  • 2021/01/02

Throughly Enjoyable

A brilliant dive into the Viking history. Full of learning and knowledge without ever getting boring.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Peter Daniel
  • 2020/11/25

Wonderful book

Loved the book and narrator. William's is a master of his subject and writes with passion.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jimmy's ghost
  • 2020/11/23

Worth it

Great book, entertaining and well read. Perhaps more Britain in the Viking period than exclusively a look at Vikings themselves. Also reassuring to know even centuries ago Britain was South East-centric.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful shopper
  • 2020/11/21

Outstanding

This is a fascinating book that fills in the gaps between Roman Britain and the Norman invasion. It dismantles some myths around the Vikings and does an excellent job of retelling and explaining the events and cultures of the time and how they interacted. I highly recommend it.

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  • Michael
  • 2019/10/30

do not recommend.

rambling, incoherent, and entirely too self-important. filled with factual and logical errors. good performance though.