Parallel fictional and factual accounts of life in the Viking community recently discovered beneath the city of York in...

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THE VIKINGS: FACT AND FICTION: Adventures of Young Vikings in Jorvik

Parallel fictional and factual accounts of life in the Viking community recently discovered beneath the city of York in northern England. On the right-hand pages, narratives linked to the seasons demonstrate daily life--work and trade, home life, games, the harsh realities of early mortality and such disasters as fire. Not just the marauders familiar from traditional history, these well-settled villagers pursue numerous crafts as well as agriculture. Activities are illustrated in textbook-style paintings and drawings. The left-hand pages detail the archeological evidence: photographs of 1000-year-old artifacts and drawings depicting the objects as they would have been, meticulously captioned to show how the details of daily life have been deduced from these finds, distinguishing hard knowledge from conjecture. Though the stories are not interesting as fiction, they serve well to organize the facts in a form that appeals to the imagination, as when bone ice skates are used by children collecting firewood. The wealth of authentic information should be especially useful for school assignments, since it updates materials in library collections. Because of the way the book is organized, the lack of an index is not a real deficit.

Pub Date: July 1, 1987

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Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1987