Review of ‘A history of the Vikings’ by Gwyn Jones


This book is from the Oxford University Press written in 68 and revised in 84 t looks at the history of the Northern Peoples to 700 AD then the Vikings or the Scandinavians to 1066.In places it is hard work to read due to lots of footnotes but it is worth battling through. It was interesting to see how short the period we think of the Vikings was and how many countries it affected. The book looks at their trading, culture, beliefs and way of life. How life changed due to raiding and trade and then becoming Christian. How they colonised England, France, the area now known as Russia and Ukraine and fought for and against the Byzantine empire. How they discovered Iceland, Greenland and America and settled in each.

A slow but interesting and deep read if you have an interest in Vikings.

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