PRE-ISBN“Adapted especially for children, these stories from Saxo (wrongly called 'Grammaticus' as he was essentially a chronicler) bring vividly before the reader the rugged and virile old days before individual prowess had been largely swamped by co-operation, and individual thinking had been forced to succumb to arbitrary rules of procedure, made for every possible contPRE-ISBN“Adapted especially for children, these stories from Saxo (wrongly called 'Grammaticus' as he was essentially a chronicler) bring vividly before the reader the rugged and virile old days before individual prowess had been largely swamped by co-operation, and individual thinking had been forced to succumb to arbitrary rules of procedure, made for every possible contingency.Saxo (about AD 1150-1206) was the first Danish chronicler and the secretary of the celebrated Danish archbishop Absalom, who encouraged Saxo to write his Gesta Danorum (Deeds of the Danes) or Historia Danica (Danish History), a full record of the Danish kings and heroes almost down to the author’s date.Whilst Saxo’s work cannot be regarded as having great historic value, because, after the fashion of his day, he thoroughly confused tradition with genuine history, it is nevertheless a most interesting collection … full of an unconscious humour.” – Extracted from the introduction to this book by John Dyneley Prince: linguist, diplomat (US minister to Denmark) and politician. Contents:Table of the Descent of the Kings (Dan to Canute The GreatStories:1. The Five Adventures of Hading2. The Warrior Princess3. The Death of Balder the Beautiful4. Amleth, Prince of Denmark5. Uffe The Silent6. The Quick Wit of Erik7. Starkad’s Vow8. Modest Syrithe9. The Faithful Maiden10. The White Hound of Oluff11. The Far Journeys of Thorkill12. The Perils of Sigrid13. A Vikings Death...
|Title||:||The Swords of the Vikings (The Kings Treasuries of Literature)|
|Number of Pages||:||192 Pages|
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The Swords of the Vikings (The Kings Treasuries of Literature) Reviews
I bought this edition because it had 3 things I love in a book. It smells old (1932), it's illustrated, and it's signed by the last owner (a girl from Newbury called Joan Swingler). The fact that it says "sword" and "vikings" in the cover is only a plus. I believed this was going to be a classic viking mythology Odin-Thor-Balder-Loki-Freya, but actually it revolves around the viking kings and heroes, the people who believed in those gods, and their deeds and legends. They are also in chronological order, the last ones (medieval) already including vikings that were Christians vs the ones that still worshiped and sacrificed for the old gods. The stories are adapted from the Saxo (gramatticus) by Julia Adams and her writing is impecable, the style is epic, poetic and brutal. I can't believe it was a children's book. I also learned from reading it that Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" is based on a viking story about the Danish Prince Ameleth, and he added 265 tons of drama and 1000 litres of tragedy, to spice things up (Willy style). I liked the fact that not all the ladies in the book were princessy princesses and we actually have a warrior princess that gives zero fucks and goes save a prince in distress and a spiteful widow with all the pride. But yeah, most of the stories are about headstrong dudes that go on expeditions with another 300 headstrong dudes and come back with only 15 (best case scenario) because of balls. Really cool (not sarcasm). Sweated testosterone and had to shave the beard I grew after reading it.
Perfect in length (short & sweet, some further broken into sections) these are (short) stories to fire the imagination. Brilliant for reading aloud.