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  • Children of Ash and Elm

  • A History of the Vikings
  • De : Neil Price
  • Lu par : Samuel Roukin
  • Durée : 17 h et 25 min
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  • Catégories : Histoire, Militaire
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    The definitive history of the Vikings - from arts and culture to politics and cosmology - by a distinguished archaeologist with decades of expertise

    The Viking Age - from 750 to 1050 saw an unprecedented expansion of the Scandinavian peoples into the wider world. As traders and 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 clerics and Elizabethan playwrights, Victorian imperialists, Nazis, and more. None of these appropriations capture the real Vikings, or the richness and sophistication of their culture. 

    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, their cosmology and religion, their material world. Known today for a stereotype of maritime violence, the Vikings exported new ideas, technologies, beliefs, and practices to the lands they discovered and the peoples they encountered, and in the process were themselves changed. From Eirík Bloodaxe, who fought his way to a kingdom, to Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir, the most traveled woman in the world, Children of Ash and Elm is the definitive history of the Vikings and their time.

    ©2020 Neil Price (P)2020 Recorded Books

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    • Than
    • 06/10/2020

    Outstanding

    An incredible history book in general. If you're looking for a comprehensive history of the Viking this is the book you're looking for. I had written out a lengthier review which didn't get recorded for some reason after I saved it. The Great History lecture series on the Vikings is good for sure but this book goes more in depth than that series.
    And because christopher doty's review in Audible doesn't clarify what exactly he means by "rewriting history in order to make it fit into their politixal ideals". I can say anyone that finds this book "too political" would be the type of person that finds Mr. Rogers too political. (Ignoring the fact the book literally talks about 'Viking Politics' for a moment). I'll go ahead and assume he was talking about Viking sexuality which the author talks about at length. He does mention that the Sagas and Norse mythology says that Odin has sex with both men and women. The author also mentions what would be called in modern times "transgender" burials discovered of men wearing women's clothing and women dressed in battle regalia. He says the Vikings might have had different concepts of gender, as our own culture does for non-binary, trans, etc, but that we shouldn't just assume they only had male and female. That was the point he was making in that section of the book. A SHOCKING statement to make for an archaeologist "don't forget to separate our own cultural views from those of the past". He also mentions that in Viking culture there were people that could shapeshift into wolves, bears, and ravens. So for his broader point we can't know exactly what all they thought about the genders of such beings and the people in general unless they wrote it down. The author substantiates all of his claims with written documents and known discoveries throughout and states points he's making that are unknown but speculated. This book is amazing and you'll love it if you're interested in general history or the Vikings.

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    • 30/09/2020

    Rewriting history and making wild assumptions.

    Would he great had the writer not focused on twisting and rewriting history in order to make it fit into their politixal ideals.

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    • DT Campbell
    • 11/09/2020

    This is the Viking history I've been wanting...

    ...for 20 years, told from a personal, lived-in perspective as much as a bird's eye view of structural patterns. Price does a good job of weaving together the fated contours in which people lived during the Viking period with the choices they made, against or along the grain. This is also the most honest portrayal I've read, unflinching in showing the social hierarchy, from sexism to slavery, while still celebrating the art and genius of the same people.

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    • M. Valentine
    • 11/10/2020

    Woke version of the Vikings.

    Intriguing information on development of Viking culture. Current information from archeology. Political opinion included free.

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    • Leland
    • 18/12/2020

    buckle In.

    I will it mitt I was ready to give this an objective chance. as a pre-marvel Heathen I can give an author more than enough rope to hang themselves with. in this case the author does just that. if you can accept that Ymir was a victim of gods with murderous intent he has you covered. not to outdo himself he then goes on to without cheek use the term "slut shame" to describe the threats put two Freya. it was at this point I lost all academic interest in this title and as the title says proceeding popcorn in hand to see how far into social Democrat territory this will drive. my two complaints are both under two hours of listening so I doubt he will disappoint for entertainment value.

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    • NielsToft
    • 13/04/2021

    Excellent book

    Price has comittet yet another haunting book of high quality.

    While the narrator is great in most cases and have smoothly switches between narration and dramatic reading, he struggles with (especially) Danish placenames, both current and historical, to the point of being unintelligible to this native speaker.

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    • Sylla
    • 31/10/2020

    Scholarly and poetic

    The only book I ever read that made sense of the vikings. Scholarly but never dry, fascinating yet rigorous. And the stories! A must if you live Norse culture and history! The narrator is first class!

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    • Fishgen
    • 27/09/2020

    Truly living history

    Probably the best historical narrative I have ever encountered. The topics flow together almost seamlessly.

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    • James R. Modrall
    • 29/04/2021

    A different approach to the Vikings

    Fascinating synthesis of literary and archeological sources to provide a more rounded view of the Vikings than books and courses focusing on the political history and exploits of Viking leaders. (The Teaching Company course is excellent for that.) Price conjures vivid and sometimes chilling images by linking historical accounts (often from Arab travellers, interestingly) and excavations. For example, he describes Viking burial excavations confirming first-hand descriptions of ritualized rape and human sacrifice, and excavation of human skulls with evidence of the pikes they were once mounted on top of. Ugh. But there's also a rich evocation of the Viking worldview and respect for their achievements. Highly recommended.

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    • MG
    • 20/03/2021

    A topic I knew little about

    I knew very little about Viking history and this is such an exciting, well written book. The reader is to be congratulated for pronouncing so many nordic words so beautifully. I was frequently checking the Internet to see the ruins, archeological findings, weapons, ships, towns, etc., described in the book. I highly recommend this book for those who like historical nonfiction.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 04/04/2021

    Captivating, fascinating and also very well read

    This book provides an engrossing history of the Vikings from the first records to their eventual displacement and absorption by the "new faith" (Christianity). This is a compelling book, full of historical details. Not least, the audiobook is very well read. Can only be recommended.