The Long Ships

The Long Ships

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Set in the tenth century, when Vikings roamed and rampaged from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean. A boy abducted by the Vikings from his Danish home is made to take his place at the oars of their ships. Later, he is captured by the Moors in Spain and, escaping from captivity, washes up in Ireland, where he marvels at the Christian monks. Eventually, he contributes to the Viking defeat of the army of the king of England, and returns home a Christian and a very rich man.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781590173466
1590173465
Branch Call Number: FICTION BENGTSSON 2010
Characteristics: xviii, 503 p. : maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Meyer, Michael Leverson

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This epic tale of Vikings is filled with treasure, not all of it the time that comes in battered wooden chests. Expect lots of killing and pillaging and wit.


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JeffBowman
Jan 29, 2017

This is the best 'viking' book I've read. And I've read most the adult selection in the KCLS.It is the great granddaddy of the genre -Penned in 1942-43 and published in English '54 it is the gold-standard all the others including Cornwell lift ideas. Almost every major event is poached to other viking sagas. Bengtsson (A Swede) is a master and most of the humor carries over to English - I would say if you only read one Viking book, this would be the must read!

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