Judea about 2000 years ago. There were five of them, not in a group, but strung out along a road. Three men, a woman, and too far behind for anyone to guess its gender, a fifth. This fifth one was barefooted and without a staff.
Some might wish that poetry would always be this much fun. McGough has the most uncanny way of jangling the meaning of words and use it in unexpected ways - that make perfect sense, although nobody has thought of it in that way before. He writes about (imaginary) family members and their sporting exploits. There is just about a laugh on every page, often because of the unexpectedness of the language.
The book presents the influence of Vikings upon the future British nation. Along with its cultural connotations and references the work is an excellent resource for those interested in the Danish heritage on the British soil.