Author(s): Justin Pollard
MGM's hit show Vikings has drawn millions of viewers into the fascinating and bloody world of legendary Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrok, who led Viking warriors to the British Isles and France. Covering the first three seasons of the series, this official companion book delves into the real history as well as the behind-the-scenes stories. Viking historian Justin Pollard explains shipbuilding and navigation, Norse culture and religion, and the first encounters between Viking warriors and the kings of England and France. Interviews with cast and crew reveal the process of dramatising this gripping story, from reviving the Old Norse language to choreographing battle scenes and building ancient temples for human sacrifice. This spectacular package is a must for fans of the show and history buffs alike.
Justin Pollard was educated at St. Albans School and Downing College, University of Cambridge. He develops history-based features and has advised on Shekhar Kapur's 'Elizabeth' and 'Golden Age,' Joe Wright's 'Atonement,' Mark Herman's 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,' and Alejandro Amenabar's 'Agora,' He also advised on the LucasFilm 'Red Tails,' Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland,' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Justin Pollard has been historical advisor on such films and shows as Elizabeth, Atonement, The Tudors, and Vikings. He lives in Dorset, England. Michael Hirst is one of the leading historical storytellers in the industry. He created and wrote every episode of the Emmy-nominated Vikings and the award-winning The Tudors. He lives in Oxfordshire, England.