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 public, whether speaking myself or as a historical consultant. Below is a list of my media work and appearances.
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.
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.
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!'
History Extra Podcast (BBC)
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!
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!
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...
WarScholar with Cris Alvarez
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
Novemter 25, 2020
Video presentation for the University of York / York Ideas online lecture series. The talk starts with valkyries, discussing some of the sources in which they appear and the variety of representations. I then move on to a few historical women and the diverse roles and lives of Viking women in reality.
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!
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