Who’s That Girl?

Have you thought about the female characters you love to read? Or the ladies of the silver screen you like to watch again and again? Why do you love them so much? Vikings have that effect on me, whether male or female characters. Sure, my inner history nerd acknowledges Vikings were at times brutal raiders. Yet, I also see some of history’s strongest women and most fair-minded people. I keep going back to them whether I’m reading...

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Downton Abbey vs. Vikings

If you played the “Either/Or” game, what would you choose?   PBS’s “Downton Abbey” Or History Channel’s “Vikings” ??? Tough decision. Both shows are great. They’ve got it all. Romance, drama, and enough treacherous turns to keep you coming back for more. Plus, I love visiting those eras from the comfort of my living room. Nothing beats going back in time in my comfy jammies while...

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Why Do We Love Viking? Part 3

What were Those 300 Women Doing?     History’s full of famous 300s:  Sparta’s 300 vs. thousands of Persians at Thermopylae Gideon’s 300 vs thousands of Midianites near the Hill of Moreh But ever heard of 300 women warriors at the Battle of Bravalla?         Travel past ancient times to the 8th century and you find 300 shield maidens who fought for Danish King Harold Wartooth against Swedish King Sigurd. ...

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Vikings were Human, Too By: Guest Blogger, Heather Day Gilbert

In the Viking miniseries running this month on the History Channel, I truly hope some of the most powerful, influential members of Viking society are portrayed correctly: the women.   When I researched my Viking historical novel, God’s Daughter, I kept running into powerful women in the sagas.   Women like the pagan volva, who acted as tribal high priestesses and soothsayers. They also wielded the power of life and...

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