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Best Viking History Books Reviewed & Ranked

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Viking History books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings (2001)

 Best Viking History Books Reviewed & RankedWith settlements stretching across a vast expanse and with legends of their exploits extending even farther, the Vikings were the most far-flung and feared people of their time. Yet the archaeological and historical records are so scant that the true nature of Viking civilization remains shrouded in mystery.In this richly illustrated volume, twelve leading scholars draw on the latest research and archaeological evidence to provide the clearest picture yet of this fabled people. Painting a fascinating portrait of the influences that the “Northmen” had on foreign lands, the contributors trace Viking excursions to the…
Author(s): Peter Sawyer

2. The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings (2014)

 Best Viking History Books Reviewed & RankedIn AD 793 Norse warriors struck the English isle of Lindisfarne and laid waste to it. Wave after wave of Norse ‘sea-wolves’ followed in search of plunder, land, or a glorious death in battle. Much of the British Isles fell before their swords, and the continental capitals of Paris and Aachen were sacked in turn. Turning east, they swept down the uncharted rivers of central Europe, captured Kiev and clashed with mighty Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.But there is more to the Viking story than brute force. They were makers of law – the term…
Author(s): Lars Brownworth

3. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland (2007)

 Best Viking History Books Reviewed & RankedFrom the best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve, a perfect book for anyone interested in the genetic history of Britain, Ireland, and America. One of the world’s leading geneticists, Bryan Sykes has helped thousands find their ancestry in the British Isles. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts, which resulted from a systematic ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 volunteers, traces the true genetic makeup of the British Isles and its descendants, taking readers from the Pontnewydd cave in North Wales to the resting place of the Red Lady of Paviland and the…
Author(s): Bryan Sykes

4. The Age of the Vikings (2016)

 Best Viking History Books Reviewed & RankedThe Vikings maintain their grip on our imagination, but their image is too often distorted by myth. It is true that they pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But they also settled peacefully and traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships to explore. The Age of the Vikings tells the full story of this exciting period in history. Drawing on a wealth of written, visual, and archaeological evidence, Anders Winroth captures the innovation and pure daring of the Vikings without glossing over their destructive heritage. He not only explains the Viking attacks, but also looks at Viking endeavors in commerce, politics,…
Author(s): Anders Winroth

5. History of the Vikings: A Captivating Guide to the Viking Age and Feared Norse Seafarers Such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Ivar the Boneless, Egil Skallagrimsson, and More (2018)

 Best Viking History Books Reviewed & RankedThe predominant modern image of the mighty Viking warriors has become that of the warmonger and marauding berserker. In popular culture, the Norsemen, portrayed as giant, sword-wielding men with flowing hair and bushy beards, have been reduced to a one-dimensional tribe of ruthless warriors, who cared little for the communities they attacked and plundered. Men like Ragnar Lothbrok, Eric Bloodaxe, Ivar the Boneless and Bjorn Ironside are portrayed as preying on unsuspecting communities and spreading fear across Europe as they laid waste to all that lay before them, taking what they wanted at the point of a sword. It is true that the Vikings…
Author(s): Captivating History

6. Sons of Vikings: A Legendary History of the Viking Age (2018)

 Best Viking History Books Reviewed & RankedSons of Vikings tells the story of the Viking Age (793-1066 A.D.) through the lives of extraordinary people. Each chapter is a biography of Ragnar Lothbrok, Ivar the Boneless, Bjorn Ironside, Rollo, Brian Boru, Erik the Red, Floki, Leif Erikson, Lagertha, Alfred, Rurik, Sviatoslav, William the Conqueror, and many other heroes and villains. It provides an understanding of this pivotal historical period in a way that facts and chronologies alone cannot. Sons of Vikings is meticulously researched from almost 100 sources but is also not afraid to challenge…
Author(s): Gray Rodgers, David, Kurt Noer

7. Ragnar Lothbrok and a History of the Vikings: Viking Warriors including Rollo, Norsemen, Norse Mythology, Quests in America, England, France, Scotland, Ireland and Russia (2017)

 Best Viking History Books Reviewed & RankedToday’s popular TV Show may have popularized Ragnar’s story but the real facts are not very well known. Discover the truth behind this Viking Warrior and the rich history of the Vikings The Legend of Ragnar Lothbrok Vikings in England Vikings in France Vikings in America Vikings in Ireland, Scotland and Wales Rollo the Viking And more amazing facts about the rich history of the Vikings!Order yours today!…
Author(s): Noah Brown

8. A History of the Vikings (2001)

 Best Viking History Books Reviewed & Ranked“An utterly splendid book, quite the most brilliantly written, balanced, and explanative general work on the Vikings ever to appear in English or in any language.”– Scandinavian StudiesThe subject of this book is the Viking realms, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, their civilization and culture, and their many sided achievements at home and abroad. A highly readable narrative follows the development of these Northern peoples–the Nordmenn–from their origins and the legendary pre-history to the military triumphs of Canute and the defeat of Harald Hardrádi at Stamford Bridge in 1066, which symbolically ended the Viking age. The book recounts…
Author(s): Gwyn Jones

9. The Vikings: A New History (2014)

 Best Viking History Books Reviewed & RankedAn archaeologist goes beyond the Vikings’ bloody reputation to search for the truth, in a new and groundbreaking historyThe Vikings famously took no prisoners, relished cruel retribution, and prided themselves on their bloodthirsty skills as warriors. But their prowess in battle is only a small part of their story, which stretches from their Scandinavian origins to America in the West and as far as Baghdad in the East. As the Vikings did not write their own history, we have to discover it for ourselves; and that discovery, as Neil Oliver reveals, tells an extraordinary story of a people who, from the brink…
Author(s): Neil Oliver

10. The Vikings: A History (2010)

 Best Viking History Books Reviewed & RankedFrom Harald Bluetooth to Cnut the Great, the feared seamen and plunderers of the Viking Age ruled Norway, Sweden, and Denmark but roamed as far as Byzantium, Greenland, and America. Raiders and traders, settlers and craftsmen, the medieval Scandinavians who have become familiar to history as Vikings never lose their capacity to fascinate, from their ingeniously designed longboats to their stormy pantheon of Viking gods and goddesses, ruled by Odin in Valhalla. Robert Ferguson is a sure guide across what he calls “the treacherous marches which divide legend from fact in Viking Age history.” His long familiarity with…
Author(s): Robert Ferguson

11. Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings (Hist Atlas) (1995)

 Best Viking History Books Reviewed & RankedViking marauders in their longships burst through the defences of ninth-century Europe, striking terror into the hearts of peasants and rulers alike for two centuries. But the Vikings were more than just marine warriors and this atlas shows their development as traders and craftsmen, explorers, settlers and mercenaries. With over sixty full colour maps, it follows the tracks of the Viking merchants who travelled deep into Russia, of Viking mercenaries who served in the emperor’s bodyguard at Constantinople, and Viking mariners who sailed beyond the edge of the known world to North America….
Author(s): John Haywood

Best Viking History Books Reviewed & Ranked

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River Kings: A New History of Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads

Author(s): Cat Jarman
ID: 2914969, Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, Year: 2021, Size: 5 Mb, Format: epub

Jallianwala Bagh: A Groundbreaking History of the 1919 Massacre

Author(s): V.N. Datta
ID: 2974545, Publisher: Viking Books, Year: 2021, Size: 4 Mb, Format: epub

Tales from the Viking Age: Captivating Legendary and Historical Sagas

Author(s): Matt Clayton
ID: 2560590, Publisher: Captivating History, Year: 2020, Size: 208 Kb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly record-breakers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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