Shieldmaidens in Anglo-Saxon England: Historical Possibility or Wishful Thinking?

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This essay collection is a wide-ranging exploration of Vikings, the television series that has successfully summoned the historical world of the Norse people for modern audiences to enjoy. From a range of critical viewpoints, these all fresh essays explore the ways in which past and present representations of the Vikings converge in the show’s richly textured dramatization of the rise and fall of Ragnar Loðbrók—and the exploits of his heirs—creating what many viewers label a “true” representation of the age. From the show’s sources in both saga literature and Victorian revival, to its engagement with contemporary concerns regarding gender, race and identity, via setting, sex, society and more, this first book-length study of the History Channel series appeals to fans of the show, Viking enthusiasts, and anyone with an interest in medievalist representation in the 21st century.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVikings and the Vikings
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on Television’s History Channel Series
EditorsPaul Hardwick, Kate Lister
Place of PublicationJefferson
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-1476673745
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2019


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