Read Vikings: Warriors, Raiders, and Masters of the Sea (Oxford People)Author Rodney Castleden –

In Vikings, historian Rodney Castleden successfully separates the truth from Norse myth and examines the achievements of the Viking Agethe people, their artistry, technological skills, and seamanship At the gates of Valhalla, Odin, the God of War and Death, welcomed the bravest of the slain warriors arriving in flaming longships for their final battle It is a fiery legend still celebrated annually in the Shetland Islands,miles northeast of Scotland, where Vikings ruled foryears In the streets of Lerwick, modern day Norse descendants form vast torch lit processions, before burning a sacrificial longship in a Festival of Fire called Up Helly Aa From the late th century, when Viking raiders first appeared, to the end of the th century, Scandinavian men and women traveled to many parts of the world, from Newfoundland to Byzantium, in a cultural expansion that lasted foryears But tales of terrifying berserkers may have been the mere propaganda of contemporary Christian chroniclers Beyond the blood and brutality of legend, Viking colonists shared their culture and craftsmanship, leaving behind an enduring legacy Learn about the culture andhistory of the Vikings, and also when to separate myth from truth, in this intriguing book from the Oxford People series Very good book for people who are just starting out studying Vikings Helped me a lot