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VIKINGS 4 Recap, Episode 15: ALL HIS ANGELS

Spoiler Alert! Reader Beware. As the episode opens, King Ecbert (Linus Roache) has decided to deliver his ‘frenemy’ Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) into the hands of King Aella, who will very happily kill the viking leader. Tormented by guilt at this decision, Ecbert … Read More

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VIKINGS 4 Recap, Episode 14: THE UNCERTAIN HOUR BEFORE THE MORNING

The action this week swings between Kattegat and Wessex, and the face-offs between Lagertha/Aslaug and Ragnar/Ecbert that we have all been eagerly anticipating. Kudos to the actors, whose expressions convey a wide range of emotions – doubt, fear, anxiety, understanding, … Read More

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Vikings 4, Episode 3: MERCY

There was a lot of howling in this episode. Did you notice? Floki howls in pain, despair and grief. Lagertha howls in ecstasy. Bjorn gets howling drunk, but he also howls with triumph, with pain, and with cold. Rollo howls … Read More

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The Riddle of the Stones

They had arrived at last at a long, low ridge where the standing stone, its edges scored in primitive runes, pointed skyward. Athelstan checked his horse beside the ancient, lichen-covered stone. Gazing into the shallow vale beyond, he caught his … Read More

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Vikings 3, Episode V: THE USURPER

Oh, Sweet Heaven, I don’t know where to begin with this week’s episode. I have so many thoughts in my head, so much speculation, and even a discovery of sorts. Perhaps I should start with the title. The Usurper. By … Read More

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VIKINGS Episode 10: The Lord’s Prayer (or My Lips Are Sealed)

I watched the finale of VIKINGS Season 2 the other night, and this post about it will be very short. If you saw it, you don’t need a recap. If you haven’t seen it yet, well, you won’t find any … Read More

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VIKINGS: Episode 8: Boneless (or The Son, the Saint & the Slut)

My own subtitle for this episode is The Son, The Saint & the Slut. First, the Son.  Ragnar’s new son is born with a deformed leg. His mum, Aslaug, had predicted that she would give birth to a monster, so … Read More

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VIKINGS Episode 6: Unforgiven

Series writer Michael Hirst reminds us in one of his all-too-brief background videos on the VIKINGS web page that vengeance was the primary motivation of Viking society. This was true of Anglo-Saxon society as well. Hostility that had been sparked … Read More

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VIKINGS!

I wasn’t quite sure at first what to make of the History Channel’s popular new series, VIKINGS. After all, in my novel all the guys with names like Swein, Cnut and Halfdan are enemies. Who was I going to empathize … Read More

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