The University of Nottingham is hosting an international conference looking at the diversity and change in the Viking Age and its aftermath.
2016 is the year of a range of anniversaries relating to the Viking Age: not only the millennium of Knut’s accession to the English throne, but also the 950th anniversary of the Norman Conquest, arguably the end of the Viking Age in England, not to mention possibly the 900th anniversary of the martyrdom of St Magnus of Orkney.
These are all end points of a period of major transformations — from the voyages and settlements of Scandinavians across the North Sea, the Atlantic and the Baltic, to the conversion of the homelands and the rise of the medieval kingship.
Looking at significant points in history
The Centre for the Study of the Viking Age at the University is hosting this conference which will look at all these significant points in history. Thousands of enthusiasts from across the globe are expected to attend the prestigious event when it opens on Monday 27 June–Saturday 2 July.
As part of the week-long programme, there will be a series of public events on Monday 27 June. The events are free but places are limited, so booking in advance is recommended.
Dr Christina Lee from the School of English and the Centre for the Viking Age at the University, said: “This event is huge in terms for Viking enthusiasts, so if you are interested in the Vikings, enjoy historical fiction or are interested in how authors make sure their characters are accurate in terms of historical accuracy — then this is definitely the event for you.”
The events are:
Viking facts in Fiction — how much research does a historical novel need? — 5.15pm–6.30pm — Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park
Our panel of expert writers will be discussing the processes they go through in creating fiction that is both engaging and historically accurate.
A public lecture with Victoria Whitworth — ‘Can these dry bones live? The Potential of Archaeological Fiction — 6.30pm-7.30pm — Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park
The lecture will be followed by a short question and answer session, wine reception and book signing.
Both of the events will be streamed live on our website. To book your place, to find out more information, or to watch the talks live — visit the website.