Bridging the gap between “textbook” and “nonfiction reader”, this in-depth guide to the Vikings is sure to appeal to older readers with significant interest in the subject. The book is divided into four primary sections: “Vikings at Home”, “The Viking Hersir (Warrior)”, “Vikings in Battle”, and “The Viking Longship”. Each section begins with a general introduction before delving into the more detailed aspects of each. Overall, this is probably the closest book to a full “course” on the Vikings, and could readily be turned into a supplemental history unit with some careful preparation. Though the author does occasionally become bogged down in the more technical aspects, there’s enough here to appeal to a variety of students interested in the subject! 212 pages, hardcover.
The history of the Vikings is bloody and eventful, and Viking warriors capture the popular imagination to this day. They made history, establishing the dukedom of Normandy, providing the Byzantine Emperors' bodyguard and landing on the shores of America 500 years before Columbus. Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs and original Osprey artwork, this book presents a new window into their way of life including detailed studies of the Hersir, the raiding warrior of the Viking world, and the legendary Viking longship.