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Author Topic: The Viking Age, A Reader. Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures: XIV  (Read 1961 times) Average Rating: 0
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Title: The Viking Age, A Reader. Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures: XIV
Author(s): Somerville, Angus A. and R. Andrew McDonald
Publisher: Toronto: University of Toronto Press
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 1442601485
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From The Medieval Review:
This Reader is an excellent read, containing a total of 103 variously instructive and entertaining "readings," and is therefore a most welcome addition to the medieval bookshelf. There is, nevertheless, the important matter of how useful it may prove to be to students seeking a critical introduction to the documentary source material for the Viking Age. The publishers tell us that the editors' "introductions contextualize the readings while allowing for the sources to speak for themselves." The problem is, however, that these introductions do not provide any guidance to the student as to the authority of the translation (or the reliability of the edition on which it is based)--or any assistance with further reading (as when they indicate that there are doubts as to the veracity of the tale in question).

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The most comprehensive reader to have been published so far, The Viking Age: A Reader is a most welcome contribution for students of the Viking period. The editors are to be commended for the extensive presentation of insular and continental sources. This reader will be on the bookcases of students and more advanced scholars working on the Vikings.
(Stefan Brink, University of Aberdeen )

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