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Björn Ironside: The Extraordinary Viking Stories handed down in the oral tradition for centuries and later recorded by monks tell the tale of a powerful Viking who set out to conquer Rome. Björn Ironside became a legendary figure for the Norse people even as his European exploits were taking place. Today, little is known of Björn Ironside. His story is marked by inconsis Björn Ironside: The Extraordinary Viking Stories handed down in the oral tradition for centuries and later recorded by monks tell the tale of a powerful Viking who set out to conquer Rome. Björn Ironside became a legendary figure for the Norse people even as his European exploits were taking place. Today, little is known of Björn Ironside. His story is marked by inconsistencies and exaggerations, leaving the modern world to rely on conjecture to fill in the details of his life. Yet, we do know that Björn Ironside existed and that he eventually became King of Sweden. In addition to the historical record, archeological digs have uncovered a wealth of information about Vikings like Björn Ironside. We know details of the Vikings’ everyday lives, their beliefs, how they made their tools and built their houses and ships, how they fought, and how they celebrated their victories. We also know the challenges they faced and can make educated guesses about why they ventured out to explore, trade, loot and pillage on a global scale. Björn Ironside was a member of a Viking family well-known for striking fear in the hearts of their enemies and victims alike. His father, Ragnar Lothbrok, is the subject of intense controversy among Norse scholars, some of whom believe he was not a single person but a composite character based on several historical figures. But, if Björn Ironside existed and was the son of Ragnar, it stands to reason that Ragnar Lothbrok was also a real person. With little to go on, the question may never be answered. So, while Björn Ironside’s story includes many historically accurate facts, the best way to experience the power of the legend is to start with what we know is real and then follow the myths and legends into the shifting sands of historical probability. As you read this biography of Björn Ironside, we encourage you to let your mind wander from what certainly was to what might also have been true. Dive into the legend with an open mind and a willingness to accept the historical possibilities presented here. You may find that you gain a new admiration for Björn Ironside or you may be repelled by his actions. Either way, you will see for yourself why history took note of this incredible Viking chieftain. Once upon a time, there was a great Viking leader who set out to own the most powerful city in the world. That man was Björn Ironside, and his legend survives him by over 1000 years. What will you make of Bjorn? Only you can decide. Björn Ironside: The Extraordinary Viking


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Björn Ironside: The Extraordinary Viking Stories handed down in the oral tradition for centuries and later recorded by monks tell the tale of a powerful Viking who set out to conquer Rome. Björn Ironside became a legendary figure for the Norse people even as his European exploits were taking place. Today, little is known of Björn Ironside. His story is marked by inconsis Björn Ironside: The Extraordinary Viking Stories handed down in the oral tradition for centuries and later recorded by monks tell the tale of a powerful Viking who set out to conquer Rome. Björn Ironside became a legendary figure for the Norse people even as his European exploits were taking place. Today, little is known of Björn Ironside. His story is marked by inconsistencies and exaggerations, leaving the modern world to rely on conjecture to fill in the details of his life. Yet, we do know that Björn Ironside existed and that he eventually became King of Sweden. In addition to the historical record, archeological digs have uncovered a wealth of information about Vikings like Björn Ironside. We know details of the Vikings’ everyday lives, their beliefs, how they made their tools and built their houses and ships, how they fought, and how they celebrated their victories. We also know the challenges they faced and can make educated guesses about why they ventured out to explore, trade, loot and pillage on a global scale. Björn Ironside was a member of a Viking family well-known for striking fear in the hearts of their enemies and victims alike. His father, Ragnar Lothbrok, is the subject of intense controversy among Norse scholars, some of whom believe he was not a single person but a composite character based on several historical figures. But, if Björn Ironside existed and was the son of Ragnar, it stands to reason that Ragnar Lothbrok was also a real person. With little to go on, the question may never be answered. So, while Björn Ironside’s story includes many historically accurate facts, the best way to experience the power of the legend is to start with what we know is real and then follow the myths and legends into the shifting sands of historical probability. As you read this biography of Björn Ironside, we encourage you to let your mind wander from what certainly was to what might also have been true. Dive into the legend with an open mind and a willingness to accept the historical possibilities presented here. You may find that you gain a new admiration for Björn Ironside or you may be repelled by his actions. Either way, you will see for yourself why history took note of this incredible Viking chieftain. Once upon a time, there was a great Viking leader who set out to own the most powerful city in the world. That man was Björn Ironside, and his legend survives him by over 1000 years. What will you make of Bjorn? Only you can decide. Björn Ironside: The Extraordinary Viking

50 review for Björn Ironside: The Extraordinary Viking

  1. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Giordano

    Björn Ironside:The Extraordinary Viking Very shallow book that gives general outlines of Björn's life . These scandinavians have a basic problem: they did not had writing or books or literary tradition. Only by oral poets and bards and it evident that almost everything not confirmed by science- archeology etc could be only storytelling.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ayla Blankenship

    Interesting but misleading The book had interesting information but it felt more like a high school essay filled with fluff and repeated statements to fill pages. I also didn’t feel like I learned much about Bjorn himself as the book mostly just talked about the culture and history of his time rather then give much information on the person himself.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Long

    Bjorn Okay A nice, quick overview of Bjorn's story. A bit too short...I think there must be more documentable information out there somewhere that could have made this a better read, but it's okay if you just want to know if The History Channel's series "Vikings" came close to getting the story right. You can read it in a single sitting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    The main issue is the fact that for centuries everything was passed down in sagas by word of mouth. This is a decent attempt to share all that is factually known.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Roger Mora

    Hail King BJorn Good book, worth reading . Vikings are part of a great Europe era. Hail for Odín, freigg ,freya and Thor.

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