REVIEW: American Vikings by Martyn Whittock

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American Vikings: How the Norse Sailed into the Lands and Imaginations of America by Martyn Whittock is a comprehensive and engaging exploration of the Viking presence and influence in North America. American Vikings explores the history of Vikings, Norse Sagas and the Viking influence on modern TV, comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

American Vikings is divided into four sections covering different aspects of Viking history in America. From the initial Norse exploration of the New World to their settlements and interactions with indigenous populations, the author presents a well-researched and well-documented narrative that takes readers on a captivating journey through time.

One of the book’s strengths lies in its ability to dispel popular misconceptions about Vikings and their presence in America. Whittock challenges the notion that the Vikings were merely raiders and presents evidence of their extensive exploration, trade, and even peaceful interactions with Native American tribes. By doing so, he paints a more accurate and nuanced picture of the Viking narrative, adding depth and complexity to our understanding of their impact on North America.

Whittock’s attention to detail is commendable. He draws upon a wide range of sources, including archaeological discoveries, historical records, and sagas, to provide a rich tapestry of information. He presents the evidence with clarity, making the book accessible to both casual readers and those with a deeper interest in Viking history. Through his meticulous research, Whittock brings the Viking presence in America to life, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of these seafaring explorers.

Another notable aspect of American Vikings is its exploration of the cultural exchanges between the Vikings and indigenous peoples. Whittock highlights instances where the two groups interacted and traded goods, challenging the notion of Vikings as solely conquerors. This emphasis on cultural exchange adds a fresh perspective to the Viking narrative, contributing to a more nuanced understanding of their impact on North America.

American Vikings is a valuable contribution to the field of Viking studies. Whittock’s well-researched approach and attention to detail make this book an excellent resource for anyone interested in Viking history, particularly their presence in North America.

American Vikings: How the Norse Sailed into the Lands and Imaginations of America by Martyn Whittock is a compelling exploration of the Viking presence in North America. Through meticulous research the author challenges popular misconceptions and sheds light on the cultural exchanges between Vikings and indigenous peoples. Its wealth of information and accessible writing style make it a valuable resource for Viking enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Whether you are a seasoned scholar or a curious reader, American Vikings offers an engaging and informative journey into the world of the Vikings in North America.

Medieval Archives gives American Vikings: How the Norse Sailed into the Lands and Imaginations of America 4 out of 5 stars

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Disclaimer: Medieval Archives received a complimentary copy of Here Begins the Dark Sea for review purposes

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About the Author

Martyn Whittock

has written numerous educational and history books, including titles on
Viking and Anglo-Saxon history. He has been a consultant for the BBC, English Heritage and the National Trust and
has written for Medieval History magazine and other archaeological journals



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  1. Scott Bailey says:

    When I was in grade school back in the early 1970s we learned about Norse exploration of North America. I believe archeological evidence was scant at the time and, growing up in the Boston area, most of what we learned was based on Victorian myths. There are several monuments at supposed Viking sites, all now considered spurious. The concept sparked my imagination. Later learning about such things as the Kensington Rune Stone and the so-called Viking Tower in Newport, RI. I’m glad we now have good scholarly resources. I’m looking forward to reading Whittock’s book. Thank you for reviewing it.