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Book Title: Lindisfarne|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 35.16 MB
v The author of the book: Magnus Magnusson
Edition: History Press Ltd
Date of issue: January 21st 2014
ISBN 13: 9780752432274
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Read full description of the books Lindisfarne:Moves from history to natural history without missing a step
I thought that this would be an erudite but dispassionate history of Holy Isle but I was wrong; the author's love of history and natural history shines through and he moves from one to the other with ease.
His knowledgeable grasp of 1st millennium European culture and ornithology are especially noticeable whilst, as an Icelander, his cultural affinity with story telling; grand narratives and epic poetry makes this book a very readable 1500 year history. On the other hand, my one minor quibble is that the same cultural loyalties also show through in his reading of the C8th "viking" invasions, where he quite rightly questions the validity and objectivity of one famous account but then goes on to use the same source unquestioningly as an authority on other subjects!
Read information about the authorMagnus Magnusson, KBE, was an Icelandic television presenter, journalist, translator and writer. He was born in Iceland but lived in Scotland for almost all of his life, although he never took British citizenship. He came to prominence as a BBC television journalist, and was best known as the presenter of the BBC television quiz programme Mastermind, which he hosted for 25 years.
Under Icelandic naming conventions, his name would have been Magnús Sigursteinsson (Magnús, son of Sigursteinn), but his family adopted British naming conventions and he took his father's surname. Although born in Reykjavík, Magnusson grew up in Edinburgh, where his father, Sigursteinn Magnússon, was the Icelandic consul.
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