Updated 07 December 2019.
Here goes… my first column on The Viking Archive! Before publishing more columns, I want to raise a few housekeeping points, so we all know where we stand.
Research. The Viking Archive is my box of index cards. It is where I store my research and my ‘go to’ place when in need of ideas or information to write fiction. Don’t tell anyone, but maintaining this site works out great as a hobby on the side! This doesn’t mean I’m rewriting Wikipedia or Encyclopaedia Britannica here. I build the core of my articles around scholarly publications. That is what I am interested in.
The term ‘Viking’. I know that some might find the terms ‘viking’ and ‘Viking Age’ questionable and I see the academic arguments in this matter. However, I have decided to stick with them for lack of appropriate alternatives. Why? Because ‘Norsemen’ has the tendency to refer to Norwegians whereas Vikings could certainly also be Danish or Swedish. And the term ‘Scandinavians’ doesn’t describe the period well enough. Hopefully, this site will reach a broad audience. And most of you know the term ‘Viking’ well enough. Even if it is only the idea of horned helmets and Middle Ages! I hope to rectify the horned helmet visual and the idea that the medieval period were ‘The Dark Ages’.
Chronology. All topics on this site fall within the time frame of the Viking Age. Any good history book will tell you it lasted from the first raid in 793 until the last conquest in 1066. But was it really that precise? That is what I intend to discover. I will stick to the 8th through 11th century, covering Scandinavians travelling abroad as well as the situation within Scandinavia.
Footnotes. You must make do with the footnotes. I can’t help it. Blame it on my teachers. No, seriously: referencing is the least we can do to separate what’s real from what is made up. The references are organised as endnotes so it doesn’t spoil you reading, but easy enough for you to quickly find the source.
Reviews. Please note I do not charge or receive any compensation for the reviews on this site. All opinions and views are my own. All books are on my book shelves unless stated otherwise in the review. The websites, blogs, and podcasts I discover by spending (too) many hours surfing the Web and checking my RSS feeds.
There now. With this all settled, let’s get started, or check the About page if you must!