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PhD (full-time) - currently registered Research Topic

Considering the connections between Scandinavia and the southern Baltic coast c. 10th-12th centuries.

Research Summary

My research project centers around the connections between Scandinavia and the southern Baltic coast, c. 10th-12th centuries. I am assessing both textual and archaeological evidence - including ship burials, chronicles and inscriptions, such as those found on the Mervalla runestone in Sweden - to reveal how Vikings and Baltic groups forged connections through trade, piracy and exploration, and how the growth of this engagement affected cross-European exchange.

Medieval authors such as Thietmar of Merseburg and Adam of Bremen referred to Viking and Slavic populations and to the geography of various regions in different ways, showcasing the ever-changing nature of external preconceptions and biases, while also indicating how cultural identities are formed and interpreted. Surviving texts by these authors and others provide crucial information - both in what is mentioned, and what is omitted - on perceptions of trade, settlement and cross-cultural growth and exchange.

Research Interests

The Viking Age

Ritual versus religion

Folk history and tradition

Cross-European contact in the medieval period

Mythology and notions of afterlives

Later medieval healthcare

Women's experiences through history

Dante Alighieri

Research Supervisors

Professor Judith Jesch

Dr Monica White

Primary Funding Sources

Christine Fell Award

Publications

Radziwillowicz, Natalia (2017). 'Considering the connections between Scandinavia and the southern Baltic coast in the 10th-11th centuries.' Innervate: Leading student work in English studies.

Qualifications

MSc Medieval Literatures and Cultures (Pass with Distinction), University of Edinburgh, 2018.

BA (Hons) Viking Studies (1st Class), University of Nottingham, 2017.

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