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VIKINGS 4 Recap, Episode 20: THE RECKONING

SPOILER ALERT. A number of characters meet their ends in this episode. One death, at least, has been anticipated for some time. One is a total surprise, so if you haven’t seen this episode yet, read on at your peril. … Read More

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VIKINGS 4 Recap, Episode 18: REVENGE

VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED. I mean, really. In REVENGE, Vikings series creator/writer Michael Hirst takes a walk on the dark, disgusting side and forces us to go with him. Thank a lot. So if you are not into equating ritual human … Read More

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Vikings 4 Recap, Episode 7: THE PROFIT AND THE LOSS

Ragnar to Rollo: When everyone wanted you dead, I kept you alive! This is how you repay my love? The main theme of this episode is Ragnar’s conflict: with his brother, with the French, with his wife, and especially with … Read More

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The Last Kingdom, Episode 8: The Battle of Edington

878 A.D. In the seventh week after Easter King Alfred rode to Ecbryht’s Stone…All those of Somerset came to meet him, and those of Wiltshire and Hampshire…they were glad of his coming. ..He went from that camp…to Edington, and there … Read More

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The Last Kingdom, Episode 3: The New King of Wessex

Despite the fact that the main character of Bernard Cornwell’s books is our hero Uhtred, it is Alfred who is the focal character of this episode. Everything and everyone revolves around him, and actor David Dawson does a spectacular job … Read More

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The Last Kingdom, Episode 1

BBC America’s new series THE LAST KINGDOM is based on The Saxon Tales a series of novels by the brilliant and prolific Bernard Cornwell. I have been a fan of Mr. Cornwell’s books for many years, so I was excited … Read More

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Those Brutal Middle Ages

I read a scholarly article recently which suggested that medieval warriors suffered from post traumatic stress syndrome, just as modern soldiers do. It also proposed that the fighting men of the middle ages were not the brutal savages that we … Read More

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Surviving Despite the Odds: The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry, as you probably know, is not a tapestry. It’s an embroidery that tells the story of the Battle of Hastings and of the events leading up to it. The Tapestry is 224 feet long and roughly 18 … Read More

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5 May 1010: The Battle of Ringmere

On 5 May in the year 1010, a great battle was fought between the Anglo-Saxons and the Danes at a place in East Anglia called Ringmere. In the fall of 2012, as part of the research for my novel The … Read More

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Vikings 3, Episode VIII: TO THE GATE

“Paris,” Ragnar confides in a soliloquy to Athelstan near the end of this episode, “is everything you told me it would be.” As he promised, Ragnar has taken his fleet — and us — to Paris. More precisely, as this … Read More

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