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Vikings by Allen Mawer is a comprehensive guide to the history and culture of the famed Norse seafarers. The author delves into the origins of the Viking people, their exploration and conquest of new lands, and their enduring impact on world history. Mawer's writing is engaging and informative, providing readers with a well-rounded understanding of the Viking age.

One of the strengths of Vikings is Mawer's attention to detail and meticulous research. The book is filled with fascinating anecdotes and insights into Viking life, from their social structure and religious beliefs to their legendary ships and sagas. Mawer does an excellent job of bringing this often mythologized people to life, painting a vivid picture of their exploits and achievements.

However, some readers may find the sheer volume of information in Vikings to be overwhelming. Mawer covers a wide range of topics, and at times the book can feel a bit dense. Additionally, while the author's passion for the subject is evident, some may find his writing style to be a bit dry and academic.

Overall, Vikings by Allen Mawer is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating group of historical figures. Despite its occasional shortcomings, the book provides a thorough and well-researched exploration of the Viking age, shedding light on a pivotal period in world history.

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This is a concise history of the Vikings by Allen Mawer, MA, Professor of English Language and Literature in Armstrong College, University of Durham: late Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. It includes the following chapters: I.Causes of the Viking movement; II.The Viking movement down to the middle of the 9th century; III.The Vikings in England to the death of Harthacnut ; IV.The Vikings in the Frankish Empire to the founding of Normandy ;V. The Vikings in Ireland to the battle of Clontarf ; VI.The Vikings in the Orkneys, Scotland, the Western Islands and Man; VII.The Vikings in Baltic lands and Russia; VIII.Viking civilisation; IX. Scandinavian influence in the Orkneys, Shetlands, the Western Islands and Man; X. Scandinavian influence in Ireland ; XI. Scandinavian influence in England; and XII. Scandinavian influence in the Empire and Iceland. - Summary by Kevin Johnson

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