A Viking in the Sun

A Viking in the Sun

Harald Hardrada, the Mediterranean, and the Nordic World, between the late Viking Age and the Eve of the Crusades

Year: 2023

  The theme of the second symposium of the project will be women and power, because women played a key role in framing Harald’s travels between the Nordic World and the Mediterranean, as well as his experiences there.   In the accounts of the Icelandic sagas, which are the most substantial textual sources on Harald’s […]

  This international and interdisciplinary project focuses on the status of the Norwegian Harald “Hardrada” as probably the best-documented frontiers-crosser extraordinaire of the early eleventh century. It uses his experiences and their legacies as a case study for a wide-ranging exploration of the Mediterranean and its links to the Nordic World in the liminal period […]

  The first symposium of the project was hosted by the Snorrastofa Cultural and Medieval research Centre in Reykholt, Iceland. It was an especially suitable location to start the project because Snorrastofa is built on the site of Snorri Sturluson’s main residence. Snorri Sturluson (d. 1241 at Reikholt, where he was murdered) was Iceland’s greatest […]

On 25 September 2021 we piloted some of the creative responses to our project at the event that the Royal Armouries Museum at Leeds organised on the anniversary of the Battle of Stamford Bridge, which is where Harald died. The battle was fought, in Yorkshire, not far from the museum, in 1066. The creative responses […]


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