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VIKING COLLECTION
VIKINGS
CRUSADER COLLECTION
CRUSADES
FAMOUS LEADERS COLLECTION
LEADERS
BATTLES COLLECTION
BATTLES
ANGLO-SAXON COLLECTION
ENGLAND
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BYZANTIUM
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Children of Ash and Elm A History of the Vikings by Neil Price
Children of Ash and Elm A History of the Vikings by Neil Price
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Children of Ash and Elm: The Viking Age saw an unprecedented expansion of the Scandinavian peoples into the world. As traders, raiders, explorers, and colonists, they ranged from eastern North America to the Asian steppe. But for centuries, the Vikings have been seen through the eyes of others, distorted to suit the tastes of medieval writers, Victorian imperialists, Nazis, and more.

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, cosmology and religion, and the material world. Known today for a stereotype of maritime violence, the Vikings exported new ideas, technologies, and beliefs to the lands and peoples they encountered. From Eirík Bloodaxe, who fought his way to a kingdom, to Gudríd Thorbjarnardóttir, the most travelled woman in the world, Children of Ash and Elm is a remarkable history of the Vikings and their time.

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Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings” by Neil Price is a comprehensive and meticulously researched work that offers a vivid and nuanced exploration of the Viking Age. Price moves beyond the typical portrayal of Vikings as mere raiders, delving into their social structures, religious beliefs, and daily lives with a multi-dimensional approach. The book is accessible to both scholars and general readers, thanks to Price’s clear and engaging narrative style, filled with captivating anecdotes. Organized thematically, it covers various aspects of Viking life, such as exploration, warfare, and trade, providing a holistic understanding of their culture. A significant strength of the book is its integration of archaeological insights, with Price using material culture to paint a vivid picture of Viking life. He challenges stereotypes, presenting the Vikings as a diverse society with rich cultural and intellectual achievements. The text is supplemented with maps, illustrations, and extensive bibliographic references, making it a valuable resource for further exploration. Overall, Price’s work is a deeply informative and engaging journey through Viking history, inviting readers to reconsider their perceptions of this intriguing civilization.

About the Author

Neil Price is a distinguished archaeologist and historian specializing in the study of Viking Age Scandinavia. With a passion for uncovering the mysteries of the past, Price has dedicated his career to deepening our understanding of the Viking culture through meticulous research and excavations. He holds a prominent position as Professor of Archaeology at a renowned institution, where he has influenced countless scholars and students with his expertise and engaging teaching style. Price’s work has been widely recognized and acclaimed for its groundbreaking insights into Viking society, challenging prevailing stereotypes and shedding light on the complexities of this fascinating civilization. As an author, Price’s publications have garnered international praise, including his seminal work, “Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings,” which has become a definitive resource for both scholars and enthusiasts alike. Neil Price’s unwavering dedication to uncovering the truths of the past has firmly established him as a leading authority on the Vikings, and his contributions continue to shape our understanding of this remarkable era.

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