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The Vikings
Grant, Neil.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
46 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm.
Describes many aspects of Viking life including their farms, religion, ships and navigation, wars and conquest, trade, towns, home life, arts and poetry, crafts, and kings and empires.
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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Material Type
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DL65 .G65 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
DL65 .G65 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
DL65 .G65 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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More than 1,000 years ago, the Vikings were the most powerful people in Europe. Their homeland was Scandinavia--the countries we know as Denmark, Sweden, and Norway--but their search for more land and trade made them into great travelers and explorers. In this volume, Neil Grant explores andexplains the Viking world, devoting each double-page spread to a particular aspect of life in Viking times. From farming and religion to ships, navigation, and war, Vikings provides a complete picture of life during this fascinating period.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. These two volumes in the Spotlights series present basic introductions to two major periods in world history. Each short book explores the origins of the era, cultural aspects and customs of the people, the historical significances of the period, and the causes of its passing. Each double-page spread highlights an important topic within the specific historical timeframe. Full-color illustrations of varying sizes are attractively scattered across the pages. Paragraph-length descriptions and accompanying illustrations of artifacts are placed at the bottom of each page. Although the information given is cursory, the eye-catching format, which is DK-like, though much smaller in size, will involve readers, who may move on to more in-depth books about each era. --April Judge

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-These series entries make generous use of colorful, attractive illustrations and have succinctly written texts. The many drawings show artifacts, architecture, domestic scenes, and some simple maps. Grant introduces the community and home life of the Vikings, their customs and culture, trade, exploration and conquests, and arts and crafts. Hazel Mary Martell's Everyday Life in Viking Times (Watts, 1994) is similar in scope. McNeill includes topics such as social structure and education during the Middle Ages and describes castle, monastic, and country life. Andrew Langley's Medieval Life (Knopf, 1996) offers similar background material and includes many photographs of artifacts and costumes. Neither Grant nor McNeill provide enough information for reports, but the eye-appealing packages will be useful introductions.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.