History of the Norwegian People, Volume 1


Read by Ærik Bjørnsson

(4.5 stars; 11 reviews)

A detailed and exhaustive history of the Norwegian People, written in two volumes. The author, Knut Gjerset, was born in Western Norway in 1865 and immigrated to Chippewa County, Minnesota, in the US with his parents in 1871 and his brother Oluf later got elected to public office there. He received a B.A. in Literature from the University of Minnesota, and also studied at John's Hopkins University from 1895-1896, and the University of Heidelberg, where he was awarded a PhD, from 1896-1898. This first volume deals with the Norwegian History from the earliest times, to the early 14th century and covers topics such as: Prehistoric Norway and iron and Bronze age cultures in the area, the Viking era, The Christianization of Norway and some related information on Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Shetland/Orkney Islands, etc., Early kings of Norway, Norway in the Crusades, and foreign policy reformations at the beginning of the Late Middle Ages. - Summary by Ærik Bjørnsson (16 hr 32 min)

Chapters

Preface 2:57 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Country and Its Resources 14:30 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Scandinavia in Prehistoric Times, The Stone Age 4:27 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Bronze Age 3:23 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Iron Age 11:13 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Migrations 16:14 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The People 7:50 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Dawn of Historic Norway 7:51 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Early Viking Expeditions 2:47 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Vikings in Ireland and in the Islands 2:43 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Vikings in France and Spain 8:49 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Vikings in England 9:56 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Alfred the Great and the Vikings 5:30 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Names Applied to the Vikings 2:22 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Struggle Between Norsemen and Danes in Ireland 3:33 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Viking Expeditions Eastward. Founding of the Russian Kingdom. The Varangian… 8:57 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Life and Culture in the Viking Age 12:38 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Causes of the Viking Expeditions 2:30 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Towns and Commerce 11:15 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Dress, Houses, Food, and Drink 15:37 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Religion and Literature 30:05 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Early Social Conditions in Norway 18:55 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Origin of the Yngling Dynasty 2:45 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Harald Haarfagre. Unification of Norway 18:11 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Events Outside of Norway. The Norse Colonial Empire. The Orkney and Shetland Is… 15:49 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Iceland and the Faroe Islands 10:39 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Finmarken 4:54 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Normandy and the Normans 14:17 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Norse Colonies in Great Britain and Ireland 4:31 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Fall of the Kingdom of York 3:29 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Battle of Brunanburh 4:47 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Last Years of Harald Haarfagre's Reign 2:20 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Eirik Blood-Ax 8:54 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Haakon the Good 8:05 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Sons of Eirik Blood-Ax. Haakon Jarl the Leader of the Aristocracy. Loss of … 11:40 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Olaf Tryggvason. The Introduction of Christianity in Norway 27:25 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Introduction of Christianity in the Faroe Islands and Iceland 16:15 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Discovery and Colonization of Greenland 14:20 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Discovery of the Mainland of North America 32:25 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Downfall of the Viking Dominion in Ireland. The Battle of Clontarf 13:41 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Norsemen in the Hebrides and in the Isle of Man 10:52 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Norsemen in Scotland 18:53 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Conditions in Norway During the Reign of the Jarls Eirik and Svein 6:52 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Olav Haraldsson or Olav the Saint 12:03 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Foreign Relations 3:26 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
King Olav Establishes Christianity in Norway. His Laws and Administration 17:33 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Norway Under Danish Overlordship. The Battle of Stiklestad. King Olav the Saint 13:38 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Magnus the Good. The Union of Norway and Denmark 19:51 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Reign of Harald Haardraade 16:28 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Second Conquest of England 15:08 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Olav Kyrre. The Period of Peace 19:23 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Revival of the Viking Spirit. Magnus Barefoot 15:29 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Norwegian Coat of Arms 3:18 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Norway Participates in the Crusades. Eystein Magnusson and Sigurd the Crusader 16:44 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
King Eystein Magnusson's Reign. The Acquisition of Jæmtland 30:13 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Reign of King Sigurd the Crusader 7:31 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Period of Civil Wars. Magnus the Blind, Harald Gille, and Sigurd Slembediakn 19:30 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Inner Organization and Growth of the Church of Norway 21:18 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Ragnvald Jarl's Crusade 7:07 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Second Stage of Civil Wars. The Rule of Erling Skakke and Magnus Erlingsson 22:58 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The English Conquest of Ireland. Events in the Colonies 13:21 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Sverre Sigurdsson and the Birkebeiner 21:53 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
King Sverre's Reign 24:24 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Birkebeiner and Bagler. King Sverre and Pope Innocent III 24:47 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
King Sverre's Immediate Successors 7:23 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
King Haakon Haakonsson and Skule Jarl 22:34 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
King Haakon's Coronation. Colonial Affairs 15:10 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Crusades and Crusaders 15:49 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Annexation of Iceland and Greenland 10:18 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Haakon Haakonsson's Expedition to the Hebrides. The Close of the Reign 10:44 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Literature and Culture in the Age of Haakon Haakonsson 30:15 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Magnus Haakonsson Lagabøter. A New System of Jurisprudence 23:10 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Growth of Trade and the Origin of a Distinct Commercial Policy 13:05 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
The Reign of Eirik Magnusson 22:00 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson
Haakon Magnusson the Elder. The Change of Norway's Foreign Policy 21:18 Read by Ærik Bjørnsson

Reviews


(4.5 stars)

Excellent. Some slight mispronunciations of English, French, Scottish, and Swedish place names, and in the later parts there were a few phrases that were repeated or retried, and not edited out, but I'm not going to quibble. That's a long read, and if anyone cab read Volume Two of this book half as well, I'll be very happy.

Ran out of episodes of Vikings. Was not disappointed


(5 stars)

a wealth of information. more than expected


(5 stars)