The Real Vikings : Craftsmen, Traders, and Fearsome Raiders

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9780792251323: The Real Vikings : Craftsmen, Traders, and Fearsome Raiders

Most people think of Vikings as fierce and merciless, but is that the whole truth? This beautifully illustrated book now tells the rest of their story, revealing the full range of Viking life and culture. The Bergers present the Vikings’ notable accomplishments as skilled craftsmen, hard-working farmers, prosperous merchants, explorers of faraway lands—and as firm believers in personal independence and democracy. (And they didn’t even wear those funny horned hats!) Readers examine the magnificent sailing ships that enabled the Vikings to rule the seas for more than 300 years, and learn how they traveled throughout Europe, into Russia, to North America, and even to the Middle East, changing the face and civilizations of much of the world. A vivid look at exciting times—and a great resource for school reports!

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Offers a guide to the time of the Vikings through a review of their occupations, diverse skills, great expectations, and the accomplishments they made as the talented sailors they were that changed the world.

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Gr. 4-8. The Vikings were Scandinavian farmers, cooks, craftsmen, merchants, sailors, traders, and explorers as well as infamous raiders of other civilizations. They left few written records, but the Bergers do a more-than-able job of introducing them. Repudiating a negative image with the statement that "most experts now believe that the Vikings were no more brutal or ruthless than other Europeans of the time," the Bergers pay tribute to the Vikings' ideals of freedom and democracy as well as their skills and courage. The many illustrations include maps, drawings, prints, and paintings from many periods in addition to color photographs of Viking artifacts and sites, some reconstructed. Most of the pictures are well chosen and are reproduced with exceptionally fine clarity and rich colors. A time line, source notes for quotations, and lists of books and Web sites conclude the volume. Visually appealing and quite informative, the book will appeal to browsers as well as young researchers. Carolyn Phelan
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