I’m currently reading Neil Gaiman’s latest book: Norse Mythology. This morning he posted this review on Twitter.
The reviewer presents a good summary of the book, but I agree with @neilhimself that his review is wrought with Christian perspective. There is a sense that the “reverent kings” did not have blood on their hands like the pagan invaders; that the bible was the answer to the pagan problem. We, in Canada, know very well where that theory led us.
Would I be terrified by the appearance of Viking ships on the horizon? Yes. But, I’d be just as terrified by an invasion by any “other” tribe that was not my own. That’s why I applaud series like The Last Kingdom and Vikings that illustrate there was/is blood on all hands, but also mercy, kindness, and humour lurks in all hearts.