Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

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Basic Books, May 12, 2020 - History - 608 pages
A definitive new history of the Vikings
The Viking Age -- between 750 and 1050 -- saw an unprecedented expansion of the Scandinavian peoples. As traders and raiders, explorers and colonists, they reshaped the world between eastern North America and the Asian steppe. For a millennium, though, their history has largely been filtered through the writings of their victims. Based on the latest archaeological and textual evidence, Children of Ash and Elm tells the story of the Vikings on their own terms: their politics, their cosmology, their art and culture. From Bj÷rn Ironside, who led an expedition to sack Rome, to Gudrid Thorbjarnardˇttir, the most traveled woman in the world, Price shows us the real Vikings, not the caricatures they've become in popular culture and history.

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Price (archaeology, Uppsala Univ., Sweden; The Viking Way) sets out to uncover Vikings myths and legends in order to create a nuanced view of the Viking Age (750–1050 CE). Using research taken from ... Read full review

Children of Ash and ELM: A History of the Vikings

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Archaeologist Price (The Viking Way) leaves no stone unturned in this exhaustive chronicle of the ancient Scandinavian peoples collectively known as the Vikings. Drawing on discoveries made at ... Read full review

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About the author (2020)

Neil Price is distinguished professor and chair of archaeology at Uppsala University, Sweden. He has been researching, teaching, and writing on the Vikings for nearly thirty-five years and is the author of several books on the history of the Viking Age. He lives in Sweden.

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