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The Place of the Evil: Infant Abandonment in Old Norse Society

This study examines the issue by focusing on one aspect of it: the special case of exposing deformed infants as prescribed in Old Norse laws.

Medieval

Old English Has a Serious Image Problem

“Old English,” also termed “Anglo-Saxon,” was and is simply the form of the English language that predates the Norman Conquest of 1066. The first …

Black Lives Matter

Why Did Greenland’s Vikings Vanish?

Vikings settled in Greenland from 985 CE to somewhere around 1424, then all written records of them vanished. The conventional wisdom is that they …

Archaeology

Environmental Scarcity and Abundance in Medieval Icelandic Literature

Can medieval literary texts tell us anything about the environmental conditions and the availability of natural resources in premodern times?

Literature

Friends, Vassals or Foes: Relations and their representations between Frisians and Scandinavians in the Viking Age

'We paid a visit to the lads of Frisia. And we it was who split the spoils of battle among us.' - So reads the runic inscription on a silver Viking …

Archaeology

10 Medieval Women You Should Know More About

Here are ten medieval women whose fascinating contributions deserve more recognition.

Ancient History

Danish Vikings could have been economic migrants to Britain

The Viking invasion of Britain in the ninth century may have been the result of economic migration, a study has found.<p>Jane Kershaw, a postdoctoral fellow at University College London, believes that they crossed the seas to find a better life, the Local reported.<p>She told the told the Danish magazine</i> …

United Kingdom

How Much Viking Lore Is True?

Archaeologists have confirmed key details in Norse oral histories (but not the dragons, elves, and trolls).<p>In TV series from <i>Vikings</i> to <i>Game of Thrones</i>, the icy wastes of the north provide the backdrop to dramatic, often violent, stories of kings and warriors, dragons and trolls. The source for many …

Archaeologists Discover Rare Viking Tools in Danish Fortress

Archaeologists have discovered the contents of an ancient Viking toolbox, buried at a Danish ring fortress called Borgring. According to Science …

New Thoughts on the Demise of Greenland’s Norse Settlements

Reassessing William the Conqueror

A formidable soldier and an extremely effective ruler, William the Conqueror was the driving force of the Norman conquest. Here, historian David …

Medieval Art From Jerusalem Opens Window on Past

The Metropolitan Museum of Art gathers works from the Holy City’s heyday<p>Just as they did a thousand years ago, visitors to Jerusalem today sometimes hold mirrors to the sky. Believing the city to be situated at the gates of heaven, they hope for a glimpse of the celestial kingdom.<p>At the …

Medieval

Want clean air? NASA says these are the best house plants for filtering out chemicals

In today’s modern world it can feel really hard to have a safe space where the air is clean and healthy. Especially if you live in a city it is …

Medieval Warfare Showdown: Longbow Vs. Steel Breastplate

Can the arrow break through?<p>There's no place like the reenactor's camp at a medeival festival to put some old-time war myths to the test. In this clip, we get an up-close look at some gorgeous metal armor made by Swede Albert Collins to see how well it moves. But then it's on to the fun: shooting …

The Vikings Of Danish King Harald Bluetooth, Possibly Polish Mercenaries

April 12, 2017 In History DenmarkNorsemenVikings<p>Harald ‘Blåtand’ Gormsson (known in Old Norse as Haraldr blátǫnn Gormsson, in Danish as Harald …

Ancient Viking warrior blade unearthed by Icelandic goose hunters

The group of hunters fortuitously stumbled upon the weapon in Skaftárhreppur, south Iceland, a region badly hit by floods last year.<p>Pictures of the …

Tarascon and the Tarasque

Twice a year the Tarasque – a river-monster – is dragged through the streets of Tarascon in memory of the heroic deed of St. Martha of Bethany. In …

Ancient History

Portrait of Britain: AD 1000

To read this article in full you need to be either a print + archive subscriber, or else have purchased access to the online archive.<p>If you are …

Archaeologists Find 6th-Century Castle at King Arthur’s Mythical Birthplace

The craggy ruins of a medieval castle are no longer the oldest structures in Tintagel. That title has just been claimed by a Dark Ages castle complex …

History

Anglo-Saxon Cemetery Found in a Bronze Age Barrow

LEICESTER, ENGLAND—A team led by Gavin Speed of the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) excavated the site of a Bronze Age barrow …

Archaeology

Mighty Viking Ax Discovered in Tomb of Medieval 'Power Couple'

Archaeologists have discovered one of the largest Viking axes ever found, in the tomb of a 10th-century "power couple" in Denmark.<p>Kirsten Nellemann …

21 lovely little gardens you can easily copy

If you have a hankering to get out into your garden and express yourself creatively, but feel a little unsure as to what you can do with a small …

Landscaping

A haunch for Hrothgar

<b>A haunch for Hrothgar</b><p>By Naomi Sykes<p><i>Deer: The Journal of the British Deer Society</i> (Winter 2009/10)<p>Introduction: With winter upon us, the idea of …

Archaeology

House Plants - Care Tips & Techniques - Quiet Corner

Use these expert tips and techniques to keep your house plants looking their best.<p>Sunshine<p>Decoding those perplexing tag instructions on light.<p>If the …

Archaeologists Reveal Jewels Of An Anglo Saxon Princess At Kirkleatham Museum

The finds include spectacular gold jewellery believed to date from the middle of the 7th Century. Courtesy Tees Archaeology<p>A series of remarkable …

Lost Scottish folk tales published online

<b>The notebooks of the Scottish folklore pioneer Alexander Carmichael have been prepared for publication.</b><p>It will be the first time Carmichael's work has been available in its entirety.<p>From 1860, he spent 50 years collecting legends, songs, curses and oral history from Gaelic-speakers.<p>Researchers and …

Libraries

Meet the People Building a Medieval Castle Without Using Any New Technology

Two hours outside of Paris stands Guédelon, a castle that looks like it’s from the medieval period, but is actually being constructed right now. …

Norse contact with Native Americans before the Viking Age

Share this:<p>When the Vikings reached the New World, they called the native inhabitants (American Indians or Native Americans), “<b>Skræling</b>.”<p>There has …

Anthropology

X-rays reveal 1,300-year-old writings inside later bookbindings

The words of the 8th-century Saint Bede are among those that have been found by detecting iron, copper and zinc – constituents of medieval ink<p>Medieval manuscripts that have been hidden from view for centuries could reveal their secrets for the first time, thanks to new technology.<p>Dutch scientists …

Archaeology

The Viking Age began in Denmark

4/23/2015 05:00:00 PM<p>The story of the Vikings begins in the year 793 AD, after Norwegian Vikings landed in England on the first official Viking raid. …