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The Long Ships (häftad)

The Long Ships

A Saga of the Viking Age

Häftad Engelska, 2002-08-01
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An action-packed saga of the Viking age, full of dry humour, which follows the adventures of Red Orm as he takes part in some of the great events of Viking history The Long Ships brings alive the fantastic world of the tenth century AD when the Vikings raided the coasts of England and defeated Ethelred the Unready's army at Maldon. In particular it tells the story of a fighting man, Orm, the son of a famous pirate, who while still a boy was shanghaied by the Vikings on the threshold of his home in southern Sweden. He sailed with them in their dragon-prowed ships, marauding against the Franks and Spaniards, was captured by the Moors and spent several years as their galley slave, escaped to Ireland, fought in the Battle of Maldon and journeyed down the unknown rivers of Russia in search of gold. Here is a book packed to the gunwales with pitched battles and bloody feuds, authentic in every historical detail and written with enormous zest and humour.
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'A masterpiece' New York Times 'The author and his excellent translator bring that old, warrior world alive with such vigorous enjoyment and simplicity that the deeds of those men roving about the world in their dragon ships seem as marvellous as those of our atomic age' Daily Telegraph 'A boldly illuminated picture of the Northmen! confidently recommended' The Times 'A banquet of adventure by sea and land, with man-size helpings of battle and murder, robbery and rape' New Statesman

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Frans Bengtsson -- poet, novelist, essayist and historian -- gained a unique reputatation in Scandinavia for his brilliantly evocative life of Charles XII, the eighteenth-century Swedish king-adventurer, and for his translations of English, French and Icelandic poetry and prose. This, his first novel, was hailed by the critics as a masterpiece of historical fiction.