Judith Jesch, University of Nottingham We all know about the Vikings. Those hairy warriors from Scandinavia who raided and pillaged, and slashed and burned their way across Europe, leaving behind … Continue Reading What Does The Word ‘Viking’ Really Mean?
Marianne Hem Eriksen, University of Cambridge The Vikings are more popular than ever. TV shows such as Last Kingdom and Vikings have added dramatic license to particular historical accounts, while … Continue Reading Viking Homes Were Stranger Than Fiction: Portals to the Dead, Magical Artefacts and ‘Slaves’
Clare Downham, University of Liverpool We’ve seen it all in documentaries and dramas. The Viking Age begins as hordes of Vikings leap ashore from their long-ships, in a lightening raid … Continue Reading What Medieval Sources Reveal About The True Nature of the Vikings
Rebecca Merkelbach, University of Cambridge “I’ve come to kill your monster!” exclaims Beowulf in the 2007 film version of the epic poem. But how do his suspicious Danish hosts know … Continue Reading Outlaws, Trolls and Berserkers: Meet the Hero-Monsters of the Icelandic Sagas
A huge variety of Viking artefacts have been uncovered by archeologists working at the ancient Danish town of Ribe, the first Viking town that was ever established in Scandinavia. Working … Continue Reading Treasure Trove of Ancient Artefacts Discovered In Scandinavia’s First Viking Town