Media

I made my very first 'real' (and very brief!) media appearance in 2012, as a rather shy young academic, in Neil Oliver's BBC documentary about Vikings. Since then, I've been interviewed for a number of publications and have advised on several documentaries as well as a feature film. I really enjoy communicating knowledge about the Viking era to the broader public, whether speaking myself or as a historical consultant. See below for a list of my media appearances.

FILM & TELEVISION

Historical consulting for two major feature films.


In progress.

Historical consulting for Viking Women: The Crying Bones, a film by Ash Thayer


This groundbreaking film weaves together the stories of women who are active on the modern Viking reenactment scene in Denmark with those of historical Viking women.


In progress.

Vikings (BBC, UK)

September, 2012


In 2012, the BBC broadcast a three-part documentary about Vikings presented by Neil Oliver. I was interviewed about the Vikings' myths and beliefs, Thor in particular. I also showed Neil an ancient Icelandic manuscript containing Snorri Sturluson's Edda, one of our main sources for Norse mythology.

MAGAZINES

History Today Magazine (UK)

April 30, 2020


I look at a Viking poem about a famous Norwegian battle, especially what part the valkyries played in it (spoiler: they decided who won and who died). I explain what the figure meant for the Vikings, and why we find different portrayals of valkyries - as either severe and warlike or romantic and beautiful.


Purchase the magazine here or read the article here.
Audio version.

All about History Magazine (UK)

April 23, 2020


I was interviewed by Jonathan Gordon about valkyries. We chatted about their varied depictions in Norse mythology and what they might have meant to warriors and other people in the Viking Age.


Purchase the magazine here.

PODCAST INTERVIEWS

New Books Network

June 11, 2020


Jennifer Eremeeva interviewed me for the New Books Network - we covered Viking women in legend and reality from a variety of perspectives.


Explore the New Books Network here and listen to the episode here.



Saga Thing

June 21, 2020


John, Andy and I had a great time talking about sagas, Norse poetry and female characters, interdisciplinary research, how to use medieval sagas as historical sources and a lightning round of our favourite saga heroines!


Follow Saga Thing here and listen to the episode here.



History of the Vikings

April 29, 2020


Noah and I discuss the goddess Freyja and women's religion in the Viking Age, women settlers, and lots more.


Follow Noah's History of the Vikings podcast here and listen to the episode here.



Myth, Legend and Lore podcast

April 15, 2020


Siobhán Clark and I talked widely about Viking women in life and legend, including 'the mythology of the valkyrie, memorable women from the sagas, the reality of life in the Viking Age & why these women continue to enthral us to this day!'


Follow the Myth, Legend and Lore podcast here and listen to the episode here.



History Extra Podcast (BBC)

April 3, 2020


David Musgrove and I covered a wide range of topics related to Vikings in general and women specifically. We especially hit it off with the question of sails on Viking ships, the production of textiles and women's work!


Follow the History Extra podcast here and listen to the episode here.

History Hit with Dan Snow

April 1, 2020


Dan Snow and I talked about valkyries, shield-maidens and the question of Viking women warriors, as well as the likely origins of the settlers of Iceland.


Follow the History Hit podcast here and listen to the episode here.

Hidden Histories with Helen Carr

April 29, 2020


A conversation with historian Helen Carr touching on the mythical valkyries and shield-maidens, and what they can tell us about the Vikings. We explored whether gender was fluid in the Viking culture and chatted about daily life, including where to go if you want to see some of the Vikings' most important sites!


Follow the Hidden Histories podcast here and listen to the episode here.

History, eh?

May 13, 2020


A discussion with Rosie Parent, host of the podcast History, eh?, which is based in Ontario, Canada. We went all over the place and had a long discussion about women in Norse sagas and poetry, history and archaeology...


Follow the History, eh? podcast here and listen to the episode here. Rosie also has a blog here.

WarScholar with Cris Alvarez

May 12, 2020


Cris Alvarez and I talked about valkyries, Viking poetry and other sources, shield-maidens and the question of Viking women warriors. Also mentioned are sailing, ships and sails, crafts, riding and much more


Follow the WarScholar podcast here and listen to the episode here.

History of the Vikings

April, 2018


I was interviewed by Noah Tetzner about women in the Viking Age, touching on everything from shield-maidens in legend to consent in marriage, and much more.


Follow Noah's History of the Vikings podcast here and listen to the episode here.

VIDEO INTERVIEW

Video chat with Dr Jackson Crawford and his supporters

April 15, 2020


We talked about Viking women in sagas, myths and real life, and we also touched on the medieval law code I am currently editing. I loved answering the questions posed by the audience and I thought they produced some very lively discussion between us all!


Follow Dr Crawford's YouTube channel here.