Ragnar Lothbrok was a legendary Danish and Swedish Viking hero and ruler. Ragnar distinguished himself by many raids against Francia and Anglo-Saxon England during the 9th century. According to the Tale of Ragnar Lodbrok, Ragnar was the son of the Swedish king Sigurd Hring.


The Great Heathen Army is said to have been led by the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok, to wreak revenge against King Ælla of Northumbria who had supposedly executed Ragnar by casting him into a pit full of snakes.


I'd give the writing style and presentation closer to three stars, but I found the information so interesting I give this book a total of four stars.

If you watched the tv show Vikings and wondered if Ragnar Lothbrok was real, this is worth reading, it briefly touches on his genealogy and connections ( "This is the same King Hrothgar that countless readers encounter in the epic tale of Beowulf.". And yes, that was one of Ragnar's ancestors) as well as working through what is fact (as best we can tell given how far back we are looking at) what is Myth, and what straddles that line and why.

It starts with a reasonable explanation about the modern legend of Ragnar possibly drawing not just from multiple sources, but multiple figures, then explores the life of the actual man.

I have several family members who will be hearing about this book from me.

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