9 podcasts about the Vikings to listen to right now
Want to learn more about the Vikings? We’ve rounded up nine of the best Vikings podcast from our archive. Listen now to episodes with historians Levi Roach, Janina Ramirez, Gareth Williams, and acclaimed Vikings screenwriter and producer Michael Hirst…
Learn more about Viking women, Viking longships, and the Viking-era discovery made on the monastic site of Lindisfarne in Northumbria, with the HistoryExtra podcast…
The global Vikings
Medieval historian Levi Roach describes how the Norse people travelled, raided and settled far beyond their Scandinavian homeland, even journeying across the Atlantic to America, in this podcast recorded in the spring of 2019.
Read Levi Roach's article on how the impact of Viking raiders and traders went far beyond Britain here
What was everyday life like for women in Norse society? Here, Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir, author of Valkyrie: The Women of the Viking World, explores their daily life and explains the opportunities available to Norse women and the challenges they faced.
On screen: Vikings and The Last Kingdom
In March 2018 we spoke to the acclaimed screenwriter and producer Michael Hirst about his work on the smash hit series Vikings and the secrets of creating a blockbuster history drama. He discusses Viking women, resurrecting dead languages, and why the show – which wasn’t expected to be a hit – has been so successful.
We also interviewed Bernard Cornwell about his books that inspired The Last Kingdom – and about his writing career more broadly.
We spoke to Thomas Williams of the British Museum about his book Viking Britain: An Exploration, which offers a fresh take on several centuries of Viking invasions and rule in Britain, in this podcast from 2017.
Dwarves in the Holocaust
How did the Vikings change the culture of the British Isles? Oxford historian Janina Ramirez explains in this podcast from 2013. She reveals how the Vikings profoundly affected the social, cultural, political and genetic make-up of the British Isles, and explains that relations between the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons weren’t only defined by violence. Also this episode, Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev relate the sad story of a group of dwarves during the Holocaust.
The motivations behind Viking raids and the life of Dr Johnson
What drove the Vikings to launch their seaborne attacks? Why did the Viking age begin when it did? Robert Ferguson investigates, in this podcast from 2009. Also in this episode, Peter Martin reviews the life and personality of Dr Johnson.
Read Ferguson’s article about why the Vikings’ violent raids began
Secrets of Lindisfarne
Archaeologist David Petts and Lisa Wilkins of DigVentures discuss an extraordinary Viking-era discovery on the monastic site of Lindisfarne in Northumbria, in this podcast from February 2020. The conversation also covers the latest trends in archaeological excavations and the broader history of the island.
- Your guide to the Viking raid of Lindisfarne in AD 793
- From the raid on Lindisfarne to Harald Hardrada's defeat: 8 Viking dates you need to know
Nazi spies and Viking ships
Historical novelist Giles Kristian recalls his adventures on the largest replica Viking longship built in modern times, in this podcast from 2013. Kristian, who has written a series of Viking novels, shares how it felt to row the longship and tells us how the experience shaped and influenced his research for his next historical novel.
Also in the episode, Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones tells the story of an unlikely German spy.
Viking sagas and royal pageants
Emily Lethbridge explores the Icelandic Viking sagas – and examines whether we can consider them to be ‘real’ history – in this podcast from 2012. Also this episode, Robert Blyth reviews royal pageants of the past.
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