History of the Vikings, The: Norse Sagas, Medieval Marauders, and Far-Flung Settlements

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Synopsis

Navigate Viking history, culture, and literature with world-renowed medievalist Christopher R. Fee, Ph.D., named  by the Princeton Review as one of America’s best professors.

Frequently depicted as “Scandinavian scavengers,” warlike pirates, raiders, and invaders, the Vikings have lately surfaced from the depths of history to become pop culture’s most adored ruffians. For Prof. Fee, this recent craze for all-things Viking is a mixed blessing. The spike in popular fascination often occasions a need to separate the wheat from the chaff: fact from fiction, history from myth, literature from legend.

This 24-lecture audio series rights the ship by offering you a scholarly and comprehensive overview of Viking history, geography, literature, religion, and culture. Prof. Fee leads this series with canny and personable teaching. 

As you meet the great Viking adventurers, you’ll explore pivotal events such as the raid on the monastery at Lindisfarne in 739 and the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066, as well as lesser-known curiosities: the etymology of the term “Viking,” the story of the Vikings known as Varangians who guarded the Byzantine Emperor, and the origins of the state that we now know as Russia. 

From runic inscriptions to heroic sagas, pagan belief to Danelaw, you’ll ponder the Vikings’ lasting significance as you immerse yourself in the seen and unseen record of their fascinating civilization. 

This course is part of the Learn25 collection.

Chapters

  • Opening Credits

    Duration: 01min
  • Lecture 1: Why Study the Vikings?

    Duration: 22min
  • Lecture 2: Who Were the Vikings: Life in Early Scandinavia

    Duration: 24min
  • Lecture 3: How to go Viking: The Birth of the Long Ship and the Movement Across the North Atlantic

    Duration: 24min
  • Lecture 4: The Coming of the Vikings: The British Isles as North's Stepping Stones

    Duration: 24min
  • Lecture 5: The Vikings in Britain up to the Establishment of the Day in Law

    Duration: 23min
  • Lecture 6: Dane Geld, the Vikings in France and the Founding of Normandy

    Duration: 23min
  • Lecture 7: Establishing Trade Routes in the East

    Duration: 24min
  • Lecture 8: Postcards from the Edge of the Viking World: Norse Settlements in Iceland, Greenland and Vineland

    Duration: 26min
  • Lecture 9: Vikings in the Big City: The North's bodyguard of the Byzantine Empire

    Duration: 22min
  • Lecture 10: Introducing the Gods of the North Viking Creation myths

    Duration: 25min
  • Lecture 11: Interpreting the Gods of the North, The Viking Pantheon

    Duration: 25min
  • Lecture 12: It all ends in Doom

    Duration: 24min
  • Lecture 13: Wrestling with Monsters

    Duration: 24min
  • Lecture 14: Diving into Trouble

    Duration: 25min
  • Lecture 15: Playing with Fire

    Duration: 26min
  • Lecture 16: Converting the Vikings, Pagan and Christians

    Duration: 25min
  • Lecture 17: Magic, Miracles and Murder

    Duration: 25min
  • Lecture 18: The Great Icelandic Anti-heroes

    Duration: 24min
  • Lecture 19: The Twilight of the Viking Age and King Harold Saga

    Duration: 24min
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