Instructor: Jonathan Migliori, Archaeologist, Educator and Lecturer as Resident Historian with Viking River Cruises
Who really were the Vikings? In this three-part course, we'll follow the Norse from their origins in Scandinavia across the ocean. The Viking Age, lasting from the late eighth through the mid-eleventh centuries, was defined by a sudden buzz of commercial, military, and expeditionary activity coming from this region of northern Europe. We'll start the course by examining the Vikings' homeland and the conditions that shaped their culture, before we travel with them. You can expect to encounter the Danes who not only raided the English coast, but also settled and profoundly shaped the development of the English language; Swedish traders who made their fortunes on the river routes of Eastern Europe and went on to form the princedoms that would become Russia; a Norwegian king who fought as a mercenary for the Byzantine Emperor; a crusading lord from a Scottish archipelago who wrote love poetry; the first Europeans to visit North America, and many others.