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A fresh account of some of history's greatest warriors. The Vikings had an extraordinary and far-reaching historical impact. From the eighth to the 11th centuries, they ranged across Europe - raiding, exploring, and colonizing - and their presence was felt as far away as Russia and Byzantium. They are most famous as warriors, yet perhaps their talent for warfare is too little understood.

Philip Line, in this scholarly and highly interesting study of the Viking age, uses original documentary sources - the chronicles, sagas, and poetry - and the latest archaeological evidence to describe how the Vikings and their enemies in northern Europe organized for war. His graphic examination gives an up-to-date interpretation of the Vikings' approach to violence and their fighting methods that will be fascinating listening for anyone who is keen to understand how they operated and achieved so much in medieval Europe. He explores the practicalities of waging war in the Viking age, including compelling accounts of the nature of campaigns and raids and detailed accounts of Viking-age battles on land and sea, using all the available evidence to give an insight into the experience of combat. Throughout this fascinating book, Philip Line seeks to dispel common myths about the Vikings and misconceptions about their approach to warfare.

©2014 Philip Line; First Skyhorse Publishing edition 2015 (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Not just another account of battles

This book contains information in depth. it is not just another account of battles, kings, and weapons. Through this book I gained an understanding of dark age life and politics.

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duller than heller

if you like back ground noise only to keep you company this is a okay book

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misleading regarding Vikings

if you are looking for Viking information this book has far too many influences in other information which if burning for Vikings you will be overwhelmed with numbers.

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The preview sample is about a battle, after the battle the author says this is all wrong and goes on a 2 hour rant about ecclesiastical authors and that their views are wrong and after that it doesn't get very interesting, the narrator was good though

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informative

very detailed but I feel that I sometimes didn't have enough previous knoledge of other European people's to keep up with everything the author was explaining

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Deadly . . . As in Dull

Would you try another book from Philip Line and/or Robert Fass?

You mean that Mr. Line wrote another book? This isn't just his Master's Thesis?

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This is just an exhaustive summary of the archaeology and historical records that tell us what kind of axes they used, how they lined up for battle, etc. There is no "story"

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First Audible book I have been unable to finish...

The content is exceptionally dry and academic... Very hard to stay with... I am afraid I simply cannot recommend this book.

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