Monthly Archives: June 2013

Egill’s Saga: A Viking’s Legend

The Icelandic Sagas are some of the greatest works of literature ever devised. They tell the stories of the first Viking settlers on Iceland, based on real people, and written in the manner of Lord of the Rings (Tolkien in fact used the sagas as inspiration for his writings). One of my favorite of the […]

Björn Ironside the Viking Ideal

The Vikings (from the Old Norse víkingr meaning “to go on expedition”)were a people famous for their skill as raiders and explorers. In the 9th century these Scandinavian peoples had earned the fear and respect of the European nations as they launched raids and conquests establishing themselves in colonies across Europe. One of the most […]

The Inconvenient Coin: Dating the Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum

An interesting article about the dating of the eruption of Pompeii through the coins uncovered there. From Roma Invicta The Inconvenient Coin: Dating the Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Sigurd the Norwegian Crusader King

The 11th and early 12th centuries marked a golden age for the Kingdom of Norway. The Norwegians had only recently, within the last couple of hundred years, abandoned the old Norse gods in favour of the Christian monotheism and formed themselves into a single nation. The Kingdom of Norway encompassed not just the modern nation […]