marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote in bookish,

The Vikings

The Vikings: From Odin to Christ by Martyn Whittock and Hannah Whittock

A book about the conversion of the Scandinavian peoples.

Starts with an overview of the original situation and goes through such things as the conversion of Viking settlers in Great Britain. Tended to be very fast in regions where they were few -- the Viking rulers of York were coining coins with the inscription "St. Edmund the King" a generation after the Vikings had killed him, despite no missionaries being sent -- and slower where they were massive in number, especially in the Orkneys where they may have engaged in active ethnic cleansing.

Ireland and where they settled and how they integrated and became Christian as well as Gaelic speaking and intermarrying with the Irish. (Later Irish chroniclers tend to call them pagan to make a simple fight over the independence of a trading city look more noble for a king.)

Also in Scandinavia itself, where records tended to arrive with Christianity and writing. The support of kings -- and women. Then Russia, when the Rus went there, and America, Iceland, and Greenland.

Interesting stuff.
Tags: author: w, genre: non-fiction, review, subject: history

  • in need of recommendations

    Hi everyone! I'm writing a grant proposal where I would be writing a novella based around misogyny and how it affects men, women, and everyone. What…

  • Medieval Medicine Book Recs

    Hello everyone! I'm looking for nonfiction books about medieval medicinal practices. Specifically, I'd like to read up on herbal remedies physicians…

  • Looking for books where two characters trade lives

    Hi, all. I'm looking for books where two characters swap lives (less Freaky Friday, more The Prince and the Pauper). I'm especially looking for…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.