Some They Drowned in the Sea

For friends who have joined me before or who might be interested in this season’s subject matter, my yearly War College lecture at KublaCon is on deck once again and features a bit of a deviation from the normal betartaned finery. As per usual, we’ll have a nice meal and some drinks afterward in or out of the hotel. It would be wonderful to engage with folks I haven’t seen for some time, and I’d look forward to some nice chat after the madness of our yearly May schedule. Lots to tell, lots to hear.

Saturday, May 29th 7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Boardroom 3
1333 Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame

The Scandinavian raiders that explored, colonized, and devastated Britain, Europe, and parts of Russia and beyond have enjoyed a popular cultural revival propagated by Victorian romanticism. Portrayed as noble savages who contributed greatly to the institutions of modern civil and religious liberties, their artistry and innovations are still celebrated by both their descendants and scholars alike. Though Viking history is only recorded by their victims, the material evidence of the brutality and startling thoroughness of their depredations is well-documented and therefore undeniable. What were the defining causal elements that ushered in this Viking Age of expansion and aggression? How did the societies upon which they preyed cope with the violent incursions of the Norsemen? And how did the Vikings resist and relent to the unassailable pressures of Christianization? Using recent archaeological findings, primary-source reference, and a plethora of new scholarship, these vital questions and many more will be examined.


Though it’s a little off-period for me, I was really excited by last year’s discovery of a Viking burial pit in Weymouth, and couldn’t wait to learn a bit about what could have led to such an awesome display of counter-brutality. The lingering taste of Scandinavian expansionism as an arm of cultural terrorism is buried along with the dust and bones in Southern England, and I think there’s something interesing there to discuss and explore.

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4 Responses to “Some They Drowned in the Sea”

  1. scotis_man Says:
    May 13th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I don't care if the wife has to wheel me in with a wheel chair, I will be there.

  2. viscera Says:
    May 13th, 2010 at 10:43 pm


  3. podle Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    O you're killing me here. I am booked so solidly for that weekend that I'm not even sure when I'm going to sleep. DAMMIT. I know this will be awesome and I very much wish I could go!

  4. fgmr Says:
    May 24th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I'd love to attend, but I'll be out of town. Will this be recorded, or otherwise published? (And thank you cygnoir for the link!)

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