This is another interesting article that I have come across about an exciting archaeological discovery from the early 8th century. Over 30 Scandinavian warriors have been found buried in two boat burials off the coast of Estonia. The article can be found here, at the Archaeology Magazine website. For many historians especially, the 'dawn' of… Continue reading Early 8th Century boat burial found near Estonia.
I am guessing by now, thanks to the History Channel’s new series, Vikings, some people may have heard about Aelle the king of Northumbria. You may also have heard about his supposed involvement in the death of Ragnar Lodbrok, who is said to have been flung into a pit of vipers by the Northumbrian King.… Continue reading Historical Figure Profile: King Osbert and King Aelle of Northumbria
I was recently reading an article on Science Nordic about a new iPad app produced by the Universities of Berlin and Copenhagen, the National Museum of Denmark, the Roskilde Viking ship Museum and the Viking Center of Ribe. It's called Dreams of Valhalla, designed to provide a fun and interactive source of the Viking Myths… Continue reading The Vikings get their own Ipad App
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Instead of reposting information or creating an historical character profile, I thought I would write a more personal post this week. I am currently trying to soldier through my line edits for the novel, The Northumbrian Saga. It's something I thought I would have finished a week or two ago, but unfortunately I am at… Continue reading Writing update for June. Almost there!
Some time around A.D. 715, in honour of Saint Cuthbert, patron saint of northern England and revered throughout medieval Europe, the Lindisfarne Gospels were created. Comprising 516 pages of hand painted words and illuminations, 150 calf skins used to make the vellum, and taking ten years to finish, The Lindisfarne Gospels are the oldest surviving… Continue reading Lindisfarne Gospels return to Durham