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Vikings Hardcover – Dec 4 2012

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (Dec 4 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297867873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297867876
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #389,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Looks beyond the cliched impressions of hairy raiders to exhaustively explore their less well-documented maritime and agricultural innovations. LONELY PLANET TRAVELLER this wonderful book is completely worth the effort THE LADY Neil Oliver brings alive another area of British history CATHOLIC HERALD

About the Author

Neil Oliver is a Scottish archaeologist, historian, broadcaster and writer. He is perhaps best known as the charismatic presenter of the award-winning documentary series COAST, as well his two critically acclaimed landmark BBC history series, A HISTORY OF SCOTLAND and A HISTORY OF ANCIENT BRITAIN. He lives in Stirling with his wife and three children.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaretha on Dec 27 2013
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An excellent companion to the BBC series. Neil Oliver has the ability to bring the past to life. I only wish I could have had him as a professor.
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Having watched Neil Oliver on many episodes of Coast, and finding him a very engaging presenter, I was pleased to see that his method of writing is just as engaging. This is not one of those history books that you buy because the subject interests you, only to put it away after a few chapters because it's impossible to keep your interest alive. This is truly a book that engrosses the reader (at least this one) and shows that history need not be dull and dry, but can be interesting and entertaining.
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I read this prior to seeing the BBC series and found this book to be thoughtful and using best historical evidence to explain who the Vikings were. Worthwhile read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
excellant! April 29 2014
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Neil Oliver gives fresh insight on the subject,even if you have several other books on Norse history,you should add Vikings to your library.Be sure to check out the documentary as well!
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What a surprise! Aug. 5 2014
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I don't like Neil Oliver on TV. I find his manner of presenting really annoying with far too much emphasis on him, however he really can write well. This is a really engaging book with an amazing capacity to bring the Viking world and its characters to life. This is the book that Oliver's TV series should have been, without distractions of shots of him walking here and there or flicking his hair out of his face all the time you really get to see what an excellent historian he is. Archaeology, history ,myth and legend are combined to reveal the Vikings for who they were. Oliver doesn't subscribe to the theory that just because they produced great art the Vikings have been misunderstood and were really just talented pagans misreported by monks with their own agenda. The Vikings are revealed as brutal raiders, canny traders, daring explorers AND brilliant artists who were doing it tough as farmers in the difficult environment of their homeland. Oliver presents a fascinating, balanced picture of Viking achievements, blunders, politics and culture, a mixed and colourful tapestry that is very readable and beautifully researched. The Viking influence reverberates even today, and not just in Scandinavia, Oliver takes a look at this too
This book definitely deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone with even a passing interest in this turbulent period.
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About Vikings and why their history fascinates the author Sept. 10 2014
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If you are scholars, this book does not add anything new. Of course, because it is educational. In Italy, we have a word that means: a book or paper or TV programme that someone creates summarizing the state of the art of a scientific (or historic or other) issue, aiming to inform people who were completely uninformed about it, using plain and pleasant prose.
If you like this kind of books, this one if for you. About Vikings and why their history fascinates Neil...

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