Vikings and the Vikings

Essays on Television’s History Channel Series

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About the Book

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, the 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.

About the Author(s)

Paul Hardwick is a professor of English at Leeds Trinity University, where he leads the creative writing programs and teaches medieval literature. He has published widely on the art and literature of the Middle Ages, with a particular focus on misericords and animal iconography, and on medievalism.

Kate Lister is a lecturer in the school of arts and communication at Leeds Trinity University. She has published in the medical humanities, material culture, Victorian Studies, and Neo-Medievalism. She is a columnist for inews and won the Sexual Freedom Publicist of the Year Award in 2017.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Paul Hardwick and Kate Lister

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7374-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3843-0
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

• “These scholarly essays on many aspects of Viking life and society are fascinating in their own right. The fact that they embellish, underscore and often validate my Viking drama is actually deeply moving.”—Michael Hirst, creator of Vikings
• “This is a solid addition to the McFarland canon of offerings. This collection provides a diverse range of approaches for thinking about the academic merits and cultural contributions of the History channel’s Vikings.”—Christina Francis, Bloomsburg University