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HIST 4221 The Vikings (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course will begin with an examination of fabled Norse cosmogony and then explore the "Old Sagas" and the "Icelandic Family Sagas," the former largely dedicated to heroic and epic/fantastic deeds, and the latter representative of life on a remote, often inclement, island. One primary goal is to explore how reliable sources are - annalistic, literary, and archeological. The course will also question how the Vikings influenced the world - from North America to Byzantium. It will close with an examination of "Viking assimilation," paying particular attention to the Anglo-Danish regnum, embodied in Cnut I, the "Viking" king of England.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Robin Fleming

Prerequisites: History Core

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Last Updated: 22-Feb-14