There are so many answers to this. Firstly, as a cultural historian I believe we only understand where we are and where we are going by understanding where we have come from. To live purely in the present is to ignore the wisdom and experience of greater minds that have gone before us. Secondly, the history of the Vikings is our history. Here in the British Isles we often forget that over half the country was ruled by Vikings for centuries.
We had a King of Denmark and of England: Cnut. Finally, what is the point of reading any fiction other than to gain insights into the human condition? Why do certain stories captivate and transport readers? To me, that is endlessly fascinating. Your first choice is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.
Tell me about this book. An obvious choice for me, but truly a staggeringly important book for anyone interested in the myths of the Vikings.
I have studied all these texts in the original Old Norse, but Gaiman has done something superb with them: he was woven them into compelling narratives for a Marvel-book comic-loving generation, who can find fun, drama and excitement in these thousand year old stories. Neil is a personal friend and has been a huge support with the launch of Riddle of the Runes.
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We share a fascination with the imaginative world of the Vikings. My kids have also adored listening to this on audiobook — his voice is so calming, while the adventures are so wacky! This can be read as a counter to Riddle of the Runes. But it is couched in excellent research on the period and brings the Viking world to life in a vivid and dramatic way. But Morpurgo manages to maintain the magic, monsters and military might of the original, while creating a story that modern day children can connect with.
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This book manages that beautifully and will bring many new young readers to the original English epic. Not a Viking history book, but it relates history to younger readers in a way that is important to you. The subject can sometimes be held at a distance for children, but the wonderful Cottrell-Boyce breaks down that divide in this brilliant book.
The stories closely follow the original medieval sources and are every bit as dark and viscerally funny, from Thor cross-dressing as a bride to rescue his hammer to the monstrous Fenris wolf breaking its bonds to herald Ragnarok.
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Most popular. This is a truly luxury book and a must-have for every family bookshelf, with cloth binding, a beautiful jacket and ribbon marker. It offers a comprehensive compendium of the history of Britain, encompassing everything from prehistoric times to the turn of the new millennium. This truly luxurious title is a must for every family bookshelf. It features internet links to additional resources, including video clips, games and interactive features. A brand-new collection of Viking myths that tell the story of the Norse gods from creation to the story of how the world will end, including Odin's quest for wisdom, the battles of Thor the thunder god, and the tale of Sigurd the Dragonslayer and the curs.
Beautifully bound with head and tail bands and a ribbon marker. Dynamic artwork by Matteo Pincelli brings to life the exciting, strange and sometimes dangerous world of the Norse gods.
Stunning photographs of masks, jewellery, and sculptures offer your child a unique 'eyewitness' view of history's gods, goddesses, heroes, and monsters. Show your child the world in a sealskin, a fire-breathing dragon, the one-eyed Cyclops and learn about the supernatural powers of the gods. They'll also discover who swallowed the Sun god Ra, the secrets of the towering totem pole and the sacred art of sand painting.
Then use the giant pull-out wall chart to decorate their room. Great for projects or just for fun, make sure your child learns everything they need to know about Mythology. Find out more and download amazing clipart images at our associated website. Hands-on History! This title helps you learn about the legendary Norse raiders, with 15 step-by-step projects and more than exciting pictures. You can step back in time to the age of the seafaring Vikings - find out about the ships they sailed in, the distant lands they explored, and the wars they waged.
Fact boxes provide additional insights and indicate links with the present. It is packed with over photographs and illustrations, including a pictorial timeline, cross sections, historical maps and clear step pictures for every technique. It is ideal for home or school use for 8- to year-olds. This fascinating fact and project book is the perfect introduction to Viking history.
You can discover how these amazing people lived their lives, the food they ate, the clothes they wore, the heroes they revered, the weapons they used, and the lands they conquered.
Practical projects really help young readers to understand what life was like in the past - make a Viking drinking horn, create a lucky charm inspired by the Norse thunder god Thor, build a model of a mighty longship, and construct a full-size battle helmet. When King Alfred is left to wander the English countryside looking little better than a beggar, it seems there is no hope left - the Vikings will conquer the country and they will all become slaves.
Ethelbert is still young, but he wishes he could fight to protect his country.
And soon he is called upon to do just that. But when faced with such fearsome warriors, it is only through cunning and mystery that they will get the upper hand A Viking story blending Norse mythology with historical fact and Terry Deary's vividly imagined characters. Illustrated in full colour, by Stephen Cartwright. Ladybird Histories is a series of books about periods and people in history that children find especially engaging and that are often taught in schools. Packed full of interesting and entertaining details that will delight all readers - from lifestyles, battles, and important characters to the influence the past has played on the world around us today.
This Ladybird Histories title is all about the Vikings: their famous leaders, what people wore, how they lived, their fascinating myths and legends and how they shaped Britain today. Everything you need to know about the Vikings for school homework!