HIST 4221 The Vikings (Spring: 3 )
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.
Instructor(s): Robin Fleming
Last Updated: 22-Feb-14