Kristin Lavransdatter is long on my reading list. I started once and need the patience to finish this big trilogy. But it’s about (late) medieval Scandinavia, so it will happen one day. Meanwhile, the Literary Hub, drew my attention to another of Sigrid Undset’s novel, Olav Audunssøn. This isn’t Viking Age, by the way, it’s the later Middle Ages: both Kristin and Olav take place in the thirteenth and fourteenth century.
There is a new book about the history of the Viking Age forthcoming entitled The Children of Ash and Elm. The author is Neil Price, and that is enough reason for me to want to get it, for he is a highly respected scholar. When I checked the site of a local bookstore for availability a sentence screamed out at me in bold: “The definitive history of the Vikings”. Deary me, doesn’t that make your toes curl. So much for ridiculous marketing notions. The subtitle says it all, this is ‘A History of the Vikings’ and not ‘The History of the Vikings’. Enough said.
Are you a big fan of Bernard Cornwell and his Saxon Stories now famous for The Last Kingdom tv-series? Here is an interview with the master of battle descriptions, and a link to an older podcast (2018) with him on History Extra.
Great podcast on Viking Women on History Extra. Aired only yesterday. Happy listening!
You’ve gotta love a comic book. I certainly do. Not all of them, mind you. And it took me a while to discover and ‘get in to’ mangas. But I’m sold now. The Vinland Saga is high on my book wishlist. If you need any help deciding, here’s a fine read to help you on your way on CBR.com.
A new publication on the early Middle Ages available in Open Access: Digging into the Dark Ages with a fine line up of scholars, including those who appear interviews. But the best surprise is probably the article by Wulfgar the Bard, yes, the same of the brilliant satirical ‘tapestry’ images on Twitter!