The Vikings

ebook Historical Facts and Fictions

By Kirsten Wolf

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This book explores 11 popular misconceptions about the Vikings. Each chapter looks at a particular misconception, examines how it became popular, discusses what we now believe to be the truth, and provides excerpts from primary source documents.

When people think of the Vikings, they often envision marauding barbarians who lived violent lives. While a number of mistaken beliefs about the Vikings have become engrained in popular culture, they are not grounded in historical facts. This book examines popular misconceptions related to the Vikings and the historical truths that contradict the fictions.

The book discusses 11 mistaken notions about the Vikings, with each fiction treated in its own chapter. Topics include whether the Vikings wore horned helmets, whether they were unhygienic, whether they had primitive weapons, whether they drank out of skull cups, and more. Each chapter examines how the misconception proliferated and discusses what we now believe to be the facts contradicting the fictions. Excerpts from primary source documents help readers to understand how the misconceptions came to be throughout history and provide evidence for the historical truths.

  • Examines popular misconceptions about the Vikings
  • Discusses how misconceptions became popular, providing historical truths contradicting the fictions
  • Provides excerpts from primary source documents to help readers to understand the transmission of the fictions and to provide evidence for the historical truths
  • Directs readers to additional print and electronic resources on the Vikings in suggestions for further reading
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