Medieval

Medieval

Medieval Stave Churches of Norway

By P. F. Sommerfeldt – In the 10th-11th century when Norway was transitioning from a pagan Viking land to embrace early Christianity, churches were built out of wood in much the same way ships were constructed. I was recently in Norway (June 2019) on a National Geographic Expedition and marveled […]

Medieval

Viking Legacy: Longships and Seafaring

           Nikolai Rerikh, Guests from Overseas, 1901, Tretyakov Gallery,  Moscow (public domain) By Patrick Hunt – Vikings in the early medieval period have often been odiously depicted as bloodthirsty and berserk raiders, certainly justifiable at times given the infamous Lindisfarne raid event of 793 on England’s […]