AffiliationUniversity of Highlands and Islands; University of Chester
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AbstractIn popular imagery, Vikings are often depicted as the ultimate lawless barbarians. Yet, as with all early medieval “barbarians” inspired by the writings of Tacitus, they have long been romanticized in Western popular culture for their supposed inherent equality and fairness, within which the roots of Nordic democracy are perceived.1 At the fulcrum of these stereotypes of nobility and savagery are Norse legal practices and assembly places. This chapter reviews the assembly places and practices depicted in the television show 'Vikings'.
CitationSanmark, A., & Williams, H. (2019-forthcoming). Things in Vikings. In P. Hardwick & K. Lister (Eds.), Vikings and the Vikings: The Norse World(s) of the History Channel Series (pp. 173−200). Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press.
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