Hearts Through History Romance Writers

Viking Age Britain 800-1100 – Apr ’24


Instructor: Sheila Currie
Start Date: Monday, April 1, 2024
End Date: Friday, April 26, 2024
Type: Online
Duration: 4 Weeks

“From the fury of the northmen, Oh Lord, deliver us.” The Vikings (aka Northmen) burston the scene in Britain in the late 8th century. In 793 the “heathen destroyed God’s church on Lindisfarne by rapine and slaughter.” In that year “immense whirlwinds and flashes of lightning, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the air.”
Terrified clergy feared their raids on monasteries, repositories of jewelled books, crosiers, and chalices were very attractive booty to the Vikings. In 806 they massacred 68 monks and in 825 the saintly Blathmac and his monks were also martyred in a raid. Wherefore the petrified monks prayed to God for relief.
The Vikings got around—wherever they could sail—for over three hundred years. Their longships, the cutting edge of medieval technology, allowed them to raid, trade and settle in various parts of Europe from Britain and France to Ukraine. Unfortunately for their reputation, their best-selling commodities were slaves; the Norse ran a highly profitable slavery business in Dublin, a city they established. Many clans in Scotland and Ireland are descended from Viking settlers: MacLoughlins, Macleods, Gunns, Macaulays, etc.
But the Norse had laws, lots of them. They gathered at assemblies called Things, where they held parliaments and law courts. Every year one-third of the laws were recited. Freemen could attend the Thing but had to attend unarmed. Does that sound like those wild, wicked men you’ve heard about?
Were they a medieval people not so different from others of that age or an evil people only interested in rapine, slaves and profit? Are they worthy of respect in your books?
Read the history and decide for yourself.
In this course you learn about:
-The origins of the Vikings
-Norse society
-The Earldom of Orkney
-Macbeth & Thorfinn
-Harald Hardradr & 1066
-How to use the sagas to inspire your stories
Who should take this course:
-Writers who want a deeper knowledge of Norse society
-Writers who want to know more about warrior cultures
-Writers who love the Middle Ages
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About the Instructor:

Sheila Currie lives in a world of thousands of books, fiction and non-fiction. Visiting friends worry about avalanches.
She was born on the east coast of Canada where there are many other people whose families came from Scotland and Ireland. Her love of those countries led her to study in Nova Scotia, Canada and then in Scotland where she obtained an M.A. in Scottish History and Celtic Studies from Glasgow University. She was fortunate enough to have a summer job selling Gaelic books door-to-door in the West Highlands and Islands. She went from one cup of tea to the next–a wonderful opportunity to talk to local people and hear their stories.
Today she is comfortably nestled on Vancouver Island in British Columbia and it is beautiful. She has a cute little house and dog-sits ‘up island’ on occasion.
She has taught history and Gaelic as non-credit courses at university and for Hearts Through History Romance Writers. At long last she has published The Banshee of Castle Muirn, the first book of a trilogy–set in magic and historical Scotland.


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