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Vladimir the Russian Viking

Vladimir Volkoff

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-692-8
Trim Size: 5 x 8 1/4

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Endowed with exceptional talents as a warrior, diplomat, and ruler--not to mention a temperament that earned him the epithet fornicator immensus in the chronicles of his contemporaries--Vladimir of Russia (960?–1015) began his career at the age of twelve as Prince of Novgorod, rising to be known as "The Red Sun."

Volkoff tells Vladimir's story with gusto and humor, describing the years of conquest, violence, polygamy, and pagan ritual as the remarkable prince seized his brother's throne, expanding his rule over the whole of Russia. A shrewd, hospitable, and progressive ruler, he adopted the Christian faith from the Greeks, bringing Christianity to Russia. A "second Constantine," he was later canonized as a saint. This is the first complete biography, based on Russian, Greek, German, Arabic, and Icelandic sources.

Vladimir Volkoff was born in Paris in 1932 of Russian émigré parents. He studied at the Sorbonne and received a Ph.D. in Aesthetics from the University of Liege. His many books and novels include bestsellers The Turn-around and The Set-up.

"This is an impressive biography of Vladimir I . . . Mr. Volkoff is a credible popularizer; he creates clear pictures, he has an eye for the attractive, and he is knowledgeable as well."
--The New York Times Book Review

"In a marvelously lively fashion, this work portrays the development of Prince Vladimir, the Christianizer of Rûs, from an excited child in his grandmother's palace . . . to a dying ruler exhorting his children to princely and Christian deeds."
--The American Historical Review

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