HORRIBLE HISTORIES: THE VICIOUS VIKINGS Paperback – 1994
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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.Read more ›
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I must say that my kid is sort of an expert on the medieval period and enjoys anything also about the Vikings. This one even got his sister hooked and she is no history lover. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2002 by PolBECath
Having read every book in the series I would say this is one of the best i've read it gives you a good insite on the vikings but also makes you laugh. Read morePublished on April 19 2001
I have read this book many times and think it is great.I likethe funny cartoons and jokes. You can never be bored.I have learnedmany fun facts.Published on Nov. 20 1999
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