Starred review of Vikings in Library Journal (plus Vikings exhibition in New York Times)

The April 1, 2014 edition of Library Journal praises Vikings: Life and Legend in a starred review:

“Vikings is the accompanying catalog for the major new exhibit of the same title, edited by experts from each of the three contributing museums. Editors Williams (curator, early medieval coins, British Museum), Peter Pentz (curator, Danish prehistory, National Museum of Denmark), and Matthias Wemhoff (director, Museum for Prehistory and Early History, Berlin) present the central period of the Viking Age, i.e., the ninth and tenth centuries, including treasures of the era, the latest archaeological discoveries, and discussions of the scientific tools with which they are studied. Portrayed here thematically (e.g., in material on warfare, spiritual beliefs, aristocracy, ships), with gorgeous color photos, is a heterogeneous late Iron Age society that interacted both peacefully and violently, settled and conquered, traded and pillaged, and intermarried and raped its way out of Scandinavia and across four continents. Central to the exhibit and this book is the largest ever recovered warship, Roskilde 6, which serves as the perfect icon for a period of terror and exploration, technical achievement, and cultural development by a peoples so integrally involved in seafaring, spiritually and physically. Ships for the Vikings were the primary mode of commerce and war and even served for burial; the essays on them here are especially informative. VERDICT A beautiful, accessible book, with strong interpretive narration that will be enjoyed by Viking enthusiasts, medievalists, artists interested in material culture, and newcomers to the subject.”

On March 28, the New York Times reviewed the exhibition the book accompanies: Vikings in London: Just Like Family

Starred review of Vikings in Library Journal (plus Vikings exhibition in New York Times)