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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but culpably inaccurate in the details Sept. 27 1998
By A Customer
The good thing about this book is that the author appears to have read a good deal of the relevant literature and provides a lot more in depth historical information than one expects in a history book for children.
The bad thing is that he takes real incidents from the primary sources (in particular the Icelandic sagas), substantially alters them (by, for example, replacing the central character in the original version with someone else, or falsely describing the context), then reports them as "Viking stories." A few examples:
He tells the story of Egil's encounter with Erik Bloodaxe at York (from Egilsaga). Among the errors:
He describes Erik as having successfully defeated his brothers in the competition for the Kingdom. In fact, Erik was in York because his brothers had driven him out of Norway.
He describes Egil as Erik's one rival. In fact, Erik is the son of a king, and Egil is an Icelandic farmer (and poet and famous warrior). The basis of their conflict is not rivalry for the crown, which Erik doesn't have and Egil has no conceivable interest in, but a family feud between their families (Egil being the third generation of the feud on one side, Erik the second on the other). Finally, the book's account leaves out one of the central figures of the incident--Arinbjorn, who is both one of Egil's closest friends and one of Erik's chief retainers, and who plays a crucial role in the real story.
The book gives an equally butchered version of the famous execution scene from Jomviking saga. Almost every fact is wrong. It starts by describing the captives as the 70 survivors of the battle--in fact they are the crew of the one ship from the losing side that didn't turn and run.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously funny June 9 2000
By Kali
I got this book for my nephew, as I wanted him to appreciate history from a fun point of view. "The Vicious Vikings" was informative, well written and a laugh-a-minute. Okay, so the age of the Vikings wasn't really funny, but Terry Deary has a great way of making the reader chuckle despite themselves. History can be horrible but it also can be VERY funny. How can you not laugh when the first words you see are "the Vikings lived in Scandinavia - that's the posh word for Sweden, Denmark and Norway." Also there are many cartoons to make history come alive in a way that children can relate too. The Horrible Histories series is wonderfully funny whilst at the same time being a great learning aid for children of all ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good book Dec 7 2001
I am a big fan of this series and own tons of them. I am a history buff and also love comics and this book has both. If you are looking for a book that is easy to read but is also very fun to read, buy a horrible history. Terry Deary makes a bunch of facts about vikings into a very fun book. The comics are really funny and have great bits of puns and sarcasm. These books are designed to make history fun for people who don't like history. If I hadn't loved history before I picked up one of these books, I sure would love it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a gory, gruesome, fantastic book! Sept. 1 1998
By A Customer
The Vicious Vikings will either leave you shivering from the stories that are scarier than a Vicious Viking ghost or sickening your sickened teacher with amazingly gruesome facts. But be warned! If you let any grown-up read this book, they will be just as clever as you! They shall tell your teacher everything they know, so you cannot sicken them (now that would be a disaster!). So hide your book carefully. I say this is cool with hot pictures! I gave it 10 out of 10!
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This seires of books are the best history books I've ever read. I am 12 years old and I still use these books to suprise my teachers(Did you know pyramids contained toilets). I read these books over and over again. These books are the best you can buy for all ages, American or English.
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