Take The Quiz: Who Would You Be If You Fell Back In Time?*

This one’s for the history buffs who picture themselves in other times and places. Imagine yourself on Iceland. History is being made and you play a role in it. Who would you be? Read the four profiles and pick which woman you most identify with. The answers to these real Viking women can be found below.    Four Profiles   A)     You’re a quiet, deep thinker. There’s a quality of stillness about you that...

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How ‘Dark’ were the Dark Ages for Women?

How ‘Dark’ were the Dark Ages for Women?

The Dark Ages. Those times conjure bad images. Disease. Famine. Poverty. When barbarians trounced Rome, a power vacuum hung over Europe. The vast connection of roads once protected by Roman soldiers gave way to outlaws. By the 6th century, the great empire was reduced to a fraction of its might. But, were the Dark Ages so bad? If you travel north, you’ll find the law of primogeniture (the tradition of oldest male relative — ie eldest...

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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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2nd Half of Top Ten Countdown: Why Vikings are Cool

5 Reasons Vikings are Cool (click to tweet)   And all of these reasons are non-violent. I bet you didn’t think you’d find that on this Viking list?   5. Great Engineering Simply put: Ships.  Vikings lacked complex tools for shipbuilding.  Their primary tool? The ax…a simple broad blade ax. Yet, they mastered bending wooden planks to sleek “Drakkar” ship designs (Drakkar meaning dragon).  Key to Viking...

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