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Emma of Normandy & Bayeux

The charming town of Bayeux near the coast of Normandy is perhaps best known for its remarkable Tapestry, a very long length of embroidered linen that portrays events surrounding the Battle of Hastings in 1066. A few years ago I … Read More

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Vikings 5 Recap, Episode 9: A SIMPLE STORY

  The first half of this episode rockets around from Lagertha’s camp to Vestfold to Floki’s Iceland settlement and back around again. We’re all used to this by now, right? The episode begins with the aftermath of last week’s battle, … Read More

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VIKINGS 4 Recap, Episode 17: THE GREAT ARMY

The underlying theme of this week’s episode of VIKINGS appears to be ‘Vengeance and the Alpha Male’. The women are around, to be sure, but in this episode they are mere ciphers – items to be acquired (Margrethe and Tanaruz), … Read More

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VIKINGS 4 Recap, Episode 13: TWO JOURNEYS

In this episode Lagertha starts a war, Rollo goes swimming, and Ragnar takes Ivar on a road trip. In Hedeby Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is plotting with her girlfriends to take back Kattegat, but Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and Sigurd (David … Read More

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The Quest: VIKINGS

On a recent visit to County Wicklow, Ireland, I checked into a B&B just a few miles from where the History Channel’s VIKING series is filming at Lough Tay. I was hoping that I might catch a glimpse of Ragnar … Read More

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Vikings 4 Recap, Episode 10: THE LAST SHIP

In this half-season finale, the brother-against-brother conflict that series creator Hirst has been driving toward since the beginning takes place. But first, how about those fighting platforms? I have reviewed my research about Vikings, and nowhere can I find any … Read More

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Vikings 4 Recap, Episode 9: DEATH ALL ROUND

Near the end of the previous episode, Ragnar’s men were dragging their boats across country to circumvent Paris. At the beginning of this episode they’re still at it, and they will be at it for the next 55 minutes in … Read More

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Vikings 4 Recap, Episode 8: PORTAGE

This is the episode in which nobody dies in battle, but four characters are murdered; in which Floki works a minor miracle; and in which the gentle Judith turns into Lady Macbeth. I’m going to summarize events quickly because I … 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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Vikings 4, Episode 6: WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

In watching this episode, I was particularly struck by the way children are used to bolster conflict and to convey the theme of betrayal that runs all the way through. It begins right away with Lagertha who gives this advice … Read More

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