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Land and People of Medieval Scandinavia

Lecture no. 2 from the course: The Vikings

 Land and People of Medieval Scandinavia

Taught by Professor Kenneth W. Harl | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Scandinavia's landscape shaped its culture. Dense forestation led to small, close-knit communities, skill in woodworking, and to sailing as the primary means of long-distance transport. Long, harsh winters engendered skill in cold-weather travel, a unique cosmology, and the emergence of great halls where storytelling and hospitality traditions were born.

36 Lectures

1
Image of  The Vikings in Medieval History
The Vikings in Medieval History
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2
Image of  Land and People of Medieval Scandinavia
Land and People of Medieval Scandinavia
0 of 30 min
3
Image of  Scandinavian Society in the Bronze Age
Scandinavian Society in the Bronze Age
0 of 30 min
4
Image of  Scandinavia in the Celtic and Roman Ages
Scandinavia in the Celtic and Roman Ages
0 of 30 min
5
Image of  The Age of Migrations
The Age of Migrations
0 of 31 min
6
Image of  The Norse Gods
The Norse Gods
0 of 30 min
7
Image of  Runes, Poetry, and Visual Arts
Runes, Poetry, and Visual Arts
0 of 30 min
8
Image of Legendary Kings and Heroes
Legendary Kings and Heroes
0 of 31 min
9
Image of  A Revolution in Shipbuilding
A Revolution in Shipbuilding
0 of 30 min
10
Image of  Warfare and Society in the Viking Age
Warfare and Society in the Viking Age
0 of 30 min
11
Image of  Merchants and Commerce in the Viking Age
Merchants and Commerce in the Viking Age
0 of 30 min
12
Image of  Christendom on the Eve of the Viking Age
Christendom on the Eve of the Viking Age
0 of 30 min
13
Image of  Viking Raids on the Carolingian Empire
Viking Raids on the Carolingian Empire
0 of 30 min
14
Image of  The Duchy of Normandy
The Duchy of Normandy
0 of 30 min
15
Image of  Viking Assault on England
Viking Assault on England
0 of 30 min
16
Image of  The Danelaw
The Danelaw
0 of 30 min
17
Image of  Viking Assault on Ireland
Viking Assault on Ireland
0 of 31 min
18
Image of  Norse Kings of Dublin and Ireland
Norse Kings of Dublin and Ireland
0 of 31 min
19
Image of  The Settlement of Iceland
The Settlement of Iceland
0 of 30 min
20
Image of  Iceland—A Frontier Republic
Iceland—A Frontier Republic
0 of 31 min
21
Image of  Skaldic Poetry and Sagas
Skaldic Poetry and Sagas
0 of 30 min
22
Image of  Western Voyages to Greenland and Vinland
Western Voyages to Greenland and Vinland
0 of 31 min
23
Image of  Swedes in the Baltic Sea and Russia
Swedes in the Baltic Sea and Russia
0 of 30 min
24
Image of  The Road to Byzantium
The Road to Byzantium
0 of 30 min
25
Image of  From Varangians into Russians
From Varangians into Russians
0 of 30 min
26
Image of  Transformation of Scandinavian Society
Transformation of Scandinavian Society
0 of 30 min
27
Image of  St. Anskar and the First Christian Missions
St. Anskar and the First Christian Missions
0 of 30 min
28
Image of  Formation of the Kingdom of Denmark
Formation of the Kingdom of Denmark
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29
Image of  Cnut the Great
Cnut the Great
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30
Image of  Collapse of Cnut’s Empire
Collapse of Cnut’s Empire
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31
Image of  Jarls and Sea Kings of Norway
Jarls and Sea Kings of Norway
0 of 30 min
32
Image of  St. Olaf of Norway
St. Olaf of Norway
0 of 30 min
33
Image of  Kings of the Swedes and Goths
Kings of the Swedes and Goths
0 of 30 min
34
Image of  Christianization and Economic Change
Christianization and Economic Change
0 of 30 min
35
Image of  From Vikings to Crusaders
From Vikings to Crusaders
0 of 30 min
36
Image of  The Viking Legacy
The Viking Legacy
0 of 31 min

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