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  • Children of Ash and Elm

  • A History of the Vikings
  • By: Neil Price
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Summary

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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As a Child of Ash and Elm

I am descended from the Vikings this book awoke my interest in my ancestors l found it very informative and l am proud of my heritage

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Everything you wanted to know about the Vikings

It is always a delight to have someone who really knows his stuff, share that stuff. This, Neil Price, does in a clear and accessible way. He provides a whole new view, at least for me - the view from behind the Vikings' shields. There they are - rounded characters - not caricatures. This audio-book is well read / performed. I recommend it, wholeheartedly.

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Analytical and touching

At points, hard going. At others, an absolute page turner. Wonderful, terrifying, and insightful. Highly recommended.

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Interesting

Very interesting history of the Vikings. The narration was good overall but spoilt somewhat by some old choices of pronunciation.

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Probably a case of mistaken expectations. I expected a more academic rendering. The narrator has an odd way of pausing in the middle of phrases that break up the rhythm making it more difficult to listen to and his pronunciations were painful and irritating.

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  • DT Campbell
  • 11-09-20

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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  • Than
  • 06-10-20

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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  • Fishgen
  • 27-09-20

Truly living history

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

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  • Sylla
  • 31-10-20

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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  • Valorie S
  • 18-10-20

Viking MUST read!

A MUST READ for all interested in the Vikings and history. These people had influence far and wide, not previously understood.

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  • Son of Thor's whimper
  • 27-11-20

A new take on vikings

Well written, competently blazing through old Scandinavian marxist notions of how Viking society should be. A breath of air and an extremly good read. The narration was also of the highest quality.

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  • M. Valentine
  • 11-10-20

Woke version of the Vikings.

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

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  • christopher doty
  • 30-09-20

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.