Viking Age Iceland: Erp and Unn

This 59 of our ongoing series about Viking Age Iceland. For centuries, this island country, unique in Medieval Europe, operated with no king, no great lords, no foreign policy, and no defense forces but which developed legal and judicial systems to limit the violence of bloodfeud and protect the rights of freemen. Far out in the North Atlantic, Iceland was where the famousContinue reading “Viking Age Iceland: Erp and Unn”

Viking Women: What Women Really Did in the Viking Age

To see more Viking articles, click here.  By David Nikel Women in the Viking Age enjoyed more equality and freedom than almost all other women of their time. From warriors to farmers, here’s the story of the roles of Viking women. Some recent articles have highlighted gender equality in the Viking Age. But while womenContinue reading “Viking Women: What Women Really Did in the Viking Age”

Aethelflaed: who was the warrior queen who crushed the Vikings?

To see more Viking articles, click here. She is a medieval marvel, but – as the daughter of Alfred the Great, and ultimately succeeded by her nephew Æthelstan – Æthelflæd has been overshadowed by the men in her life. Ahead of series four of The Last Kingdom, we revisit a feature by Janina Ramirez who reveals howContinue reading “Aethelflaed: who was the warrior queen who crushed the Vikings?”

Danevirke – The Great Viking Wall

To see more Viking articles, click here. The Danevirke is system of large defensive earthworks and walls that stretches across the neck of the Cimbrian peninsula in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The defences run for 30km (19 miles), starting at the Viking trading settlement of Hedeby near Schleswig on the Baltic Sea coast in the east, toContinue reading “Danevirke – The Great Viking Wall”

Viking Age Iceland: The Levelling Process

This 58 of our ongoing series about Viking Age Iceland. For centuries, this island country, unique in Medieval Europe, operated with no king, no great lords, no foreign policy, and no defense forces but which developed legal and judicial systems to limit the violence of bloodfeud and protect the rights of freemen. Far out in the North Atlantic, Iceland was where the famousContinue reading “Viking Age Iceland: The Levelling Process”