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Judith Jesch

Professor of Viking Studies, Faculty of Arts



I was educated at the Universities of Pennsylvania (USA), Durham (UK, BA in English Language and Medieval Literature), Oslo (Norway, Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentship) and London (PhD in Scandinavian Studies, UCL). Before coming to Nottingham in 1985, I worked as a Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main (Germany). During my time at Nottingham I have been Head of the School of English Studies (2001-4), and was promoted to Professor of Viking Studies in 2002. In 2020 I was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

Expertise Summary

Areas of expertise - Old Norse language and literature, runology, and interdisciplinary Viking Studies.

I am currently:

I am also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

  • Outreach and Public Engagement

Here are some links to appearances I have made in various media:

Vikingology Podcast - The Saga of the Earls of Orkney and Skaldic Poetry, discussion with historian Terri Barnes and author C. J. Adrien (May 2023)

History Extra Podcast - What Norse poetry reveals about the Viking Age, with Carolyne Larrington, hosted by Matt Elton (April 2023)

BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature - The Ancient Algorithm, programme on runes and runic inscriptions with Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough and various other contributors (April 2022)

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking - Discussion about Vikings and writing history with Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough, Neil Price, Elizabeth Boyle and Kevan Manwaring (March 2022)

Messages from the Middle Ages: Discovering Runes - Podcast for Gone Medieval with Dr Cat Jarman (July 2021)

In praise of Queen Astrid of Norway - 10-minute talk for the British Academy (March 2021)

Podcast on Women in the Viking Age for Jorvik Viking Festival (February 2021)

Digital Museum event, Seafaring series, Vikings (February 2021)

The Viking Diaspora - Podcast interview for the Seven Ages website, 'Exploring History, Archaeology, Science and Culture' (November 2020)

Inghen Ruaidh, the Birka Grave and Viking Warrior Women Not What You Thought You Knew with Fern Riddell and Rebecca Gowland (September 2020)

Valkyries: Fierce women of war BBC World Service, Forum with Bridget Kendall, Marianne Hem Eriksen and Sif Rikharðsdóttir (July 2020)

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Vikings, but were afraid to ask History Extra podcast with David Musgrove (May 2020)

The Danelaw In Our Time BBC Radio 4 with Melvyn Bragg, Jane Kershaw and John Hines (March 2019)

Runes: The Vikings in their own Words on The History of Vikings podcast with Noah Tetzner (October 2018)

Teaching Summary

I co-teach (lectures and seminars) in the areas of Old Norse and Viking Studies, and Old English, on the core first-year module, Beginnings of English. I contribute lectures to the optional… read more

Research Summary

My research has always focused on the relationships of language, texts and contexts in the Viking Age and medieval Scandinavia, with a particular focus on runic inscriptions, skaldic verse and… read more

Selected Publications

Areas of Research Supervision

Prospective doctoral students intending to work in any area of Old Norse-Icelandic and Viking Studies are welcome to contact me to discuss a possible project. I am currently particularly interested in supervising work on runes, runology and runic inscriptions, on skaldic poetry, Scandinavian Scotland, and on themes related to the Viking diaspora or Norse myth and legend.

Current Research Students

I am co-supervisor (80%) for:

Christopher Mawford, working on liminality and wisdom in Eddic poetry (with Dr Paul Cavill)

I am co-supervisor (60%) for:

Harriet Clark, working on kingship, regionalism, and co-rulership in the Norwegian realm, c. 1015 - 1250 CE (with Dr Christopher Callow, History, University of Birmingham)

I am co-supervisor (50%) for:

Cassidy Croci, working on social network analysis of Landnámabók (with Dr John Baker)

Tom Fairfax, working on Kinship Connections and the Earldom of Orkney, c. 900-1263 (with Professor Nicola Royan)

William Pidzamecky, working on Viking camps and settlements in east and west (with Dr John Baker)

Michele Roncarati, working on wolves and and the wolfish: imagery of a cultural phenomenon in Old Norse-Icelandic (with Dr Christina Lee)

I am co-supervisor (40%) for:

Jasmin Higgs, working on the functions of runic writing in Britain between c.400-650AD (with Dr Martin Findell, and Dr Philip Shaw, Durham University)

I also co-supervise or advise PhD candidates in other institutions:

Agni Papamichael (Department of History, University of Birmingham)

Jonas Koesling (University of Iceland)

Past Research Students

I was principal supervisor:

(100%) for Roderick Dale, whose thesis was on Berserkir: A Re-Examination of the Phenomenon in Literature and Life (2014); now published as The Myths and Realities of the Viking Berserkr (2022)

(80%) for Runestone Images and Visual Communication in Viking Age Scandinavia (2013; with Dr Christina Lee)

Elizaveta Matveeva, whose thesis was on Reconsidering the tradition: the Odinic hero as saga protagonist (2016; with Dr Paul Cavill)

Aya Van Renterghem, whose thesis was on The written rune: alphabets and rune-rows in medieval manuscripts from the continent and the British Isles (2018; with Dr Paul Cavill).

I co-supervised

(50%) Teva Vidal, whose thesis was on Houses and Domestic Life in the Viking Age and Medieval Period: Material Perspectives from Sagas and Archaeology (2013; with Dr Christina Lee)

(40%) Elisabeth Magin, whose thesis was on Runes, runic writing and runic inscriptions as primary sources for town development in medieval Bergen, Norway (2021; with Dr Christopher King, Archaeology, and Dr Gitte Hansen, University of Bergen).

(20%) Eleanor Rye, whose thesis was on Dialect in the Viking-Age Scandinavian diaspora: the evidence of medieval minor names (2016; with Dr Jayne Carroll)

Stefanie Künzel whose thesis was on Concepts of infectious, contagious, and epidemic disease in Anglo-Saxon England (2018; with Dr Christina Lee).

Earlier, I supervised successful PhDs on the poetics of the Sagas of Icelanders (Slavica Ranković), the horse in the Viking imagination (Betsy van der Hoek-Springer), poetic discourse in Viking Age England (Jayne Carroll), and the historical context of Scandinavian runic inscriptions in Britain (Katherine Holman).

  • Undergraduate Modules Taught

I co-teach (lectures and seminars) in the areas of Old Norse and Viking Studies, and Old English, on the core first-year module, Beginnings of English. I contribute lectures to the optional first-year/subsidiary module The Viking World and teach on the optional second-year module on Norse mythology (Ice and Fire: Myths and Heroes of the North). I convene and teach an interdisciplinary third-year option on The Viking Mind which focuses on Icelandic sagas. I also regularly supervise undergraduate dissertations in Old Norse and Viking Studies.

  • Postgraduate Modules Taught

I offer modules in Old Norse on the MA in Viking and Early Medieval English Studies and the new Applied English programme and sometimes also teach on Research Methods and Runology. I also supervise master's dissertations in these areas.

Current Research

My research has always focused on the relationships of language, texts and contexts in the Viking Age and medieval Scandinavia, with a particular focus on runic inscriptions, skaldic verse and historical sagas. I also write on questions of orality and literacy, geography, migration and diaspora, and Scandinavian contacts with the British Isles.

My main current project is an annotated translation of the Saga of the Earls of Orkney.

Past Research

My expertise focuses on a variety of texts composed and written in Old Norse-Icelandic. These include:

  • poetry of the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries, originally oral and now surviving in written versions of the 13th century or later, especially that usually termed 'skaldic'
  • runic inscriptions from the 8th to the 15th century
  • Icelandic sagas, especially the Kings' Sagas and other historical works, and the Sagas of Icelanders.

I have extensive research experience in the general and cultural history of the Viking Age in Scandinavia and in areas settled by Scandinavians, with a broad knowledge of interdisciplinary approaches and an interest in questions of orality and literacy, and of migration, diaspora and cultural memory. I also have research experience in the more general history, literature and culture of Norway, and of Scandinavian Scotland.

  • JESCH, J., 2023. Shetland and the runic diaspora. In: FOSTER, RYAN and COOIJMANS, CHRISTIAN, eds., History, Landscape, and Language in the Northern Isles and Caithness: 'A'm grippit dis laand'. A Gedenkschrift for Doreen Waugh Brepols. (In Press.)
  • JESCH, J., 2022. Origin Stories in the Viking Diaspora - Norway, Iceland, Orkney. In: BRADY, LINDY and WADDEN, PATRICK, eds., Origin Legends in Early Medieval Western Europe Brill. 109-134
  • JESCH, J. and NORDBY, K. J., 2022. K. Jonas Nordbys doktordisputas Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies. 12, 137-150
  • JESCH, J, 2021. Review of Cat Jarman, River Kings TLS: The Times Literary Supplement. 24
  • JESCH, J, 2021. Women, war and words: a verbal archaeology of shield-maidens Viking. Norsk arkeologisk årbok.. 84(1), 127-142
  • JESCH, J., 2020. Further thoughts on E18 Saltfleetby Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies. 9-10, 201-213
  • JESCH, J., 2020. It's a woman's world BBC History Magazine. June 2020, 74-75
  • JESCH, J. and LEE, C., 2020. Healing Runes. In: PEDERSEN, A. and SINDBÆK, S., eds., Viking Encounters: Proceedings of the 18th Viking Congress Aarhus University Press. 386-398
  • JESCH, J, 2020. Vikinger og vikingetiden.. In: SKIBSTED KLÆSØE, I., ET AL., ed., Glimt fra Vikingetiden.: Udgivet i anledning af Danske Amatørarkæologers 30-års jubilæum. Danske Amatørarkæologer. 9-12
  • JESCH, J., 2019. Viking women: at home and at war BBC History Magazine. March 2019, 47-50
  • JESCH, J., 2019. Ragnarok: Review of Christopher Abram, Evergeen Ash TLS. The Times Literary Supplement. 4 October(6079), 31
  • JESCH, J., 2019. Review of Jonas Wellendorf, Gods and Humans in Medieval Scandinavia Medieval Archaeology. 63(2), 466-467
  • JESCH, J., 2018. The magic of runes The Annual Report of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society. 2017, 58-64
  • JESCH, J., 2018. Job description: pirate: The lingering legacy of the Vikings in England. TLS: The Times Literary Supplement. 24 August(6021/6022), 14
  • JESCH, J., 2018. Diaspora. In: GLAUSER, J., HERMANN, P. and MITCHELL, S. A., eds., Handbook of Pre-Modern Nordic Memory Studies De Gruyter. 583-593
  • JESCH, J., 2017. Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson, Lausavísur. In: GADE, K.E., ed., Poetry from Treatises on Poetics Brepols. 342-346
  • JESCH, J., 2017. Sagas of ancient times.: The wonderful world of eddic poetry. TLS. The Times Literary Supplement. 16 June(5959), 23
  • JESCH, J., 2017. Runes and verse: The medialities of early Scandinavian poetry. European Journal of Scandinavian Studies. 47(1), 181-202
  • JESCH, J., 2017. The Viking diaspora. In: MELLER, H., DAIM, F., KRAUSE, J. and RISCH, R., eds., Migration und Integration von der Urgeschichte bis zum Mittelalter: 9. Mitteldeutscher Archäologentag vom 20. bis 22. Oktober in Halle (Saale) 17. Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt. 315-323
  • JESCH, J., 2017. Vikings in Maeshowe. In: MÜLLER-WILLE, K., HESLOP, K., RICHTER, A. K. and RÖSLI, L., eds., Skandinavische Schriftlandschaften: Vänbok til Jürg Glauser Narr Francke Attempto. 37-41
  • JESCH, J., 2017. Cnut, Old Norse in England, Skaldic Poetry. In: ECHARD, S. and ROUSE, R., eds., The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain Wiley-Blackwell. 530-1, 1443-5, 1733-4
  • JESCH, J., 2016. Kirkwall, Orkney. In: WALLACE, D., ed., Europe: A literary history 1348-1418. Oxford UP. I, 375-384
  • JESCH, J., 2016. Viking women: Raiders, traders and settlers History Extra. Available at: <>
  • JESCH, J., 2016. Book review: Clerics, Kings and Vikings: Essays on Medieval Ireland in Honour of Donnchadh Ó Corráin International Journal of Maritime History. 28(3), 630-31
  • JESCH, J., 2016. The Concept of 'Homeland' in the Viking Diaspora. In: TURNER, VAL E., OWEN, OLWYN A. and WAUGH, DOREEN J., eds., Shetland and the Viking World: Papers from the Proceedings of the Seventeenth Viking Congress Lerwick Shetland Heritage Publications. 141-146.
  • JESCH, J., 2015. The Viking Diaspora. Routledge.
  • JESCH, J., 2015. Speaking Like a Viking: Language and Cultural Interaction in the Irish Sea Region. In: HARDING, S. E., GRIFFITHS, D. and ROYLES, E., eds., In Search of Vikings: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Scandinavian Heritage of North-West England. CRC Press. 50-61.
  • JESCH, J., 2015. Courtroom saga. TLS: The Times Literary Supplement. January 16, 2015, 25.
  • JESCH, J., 2015. The Vikings and Their Age by Angus A. Somerville and R. Andrew McDonald (review), JEGP, Journal of English and Germanic Philology. 114, 126-7
  • JESCH, J., 2015. Rosalind Kerven, Viking Myths and Sagas (review) TLS: The Times Literary Supplement. August 7, 2015, 26.
  • J. JESCH, 2015. The Threatening Wave: Norse poetry and the Scottish isles. In: BARRETT, JAMES H. and GIBBON, SARAH JANE, eds., Maritime Societies of the Viking and Medieval World. Maney. 320-332.
  • JESCH, J., 2014. Christian Vikings: Norsemen in Western Europe in the 12th Century. In: BAUDUIN, P. and MUSIN, A., eds., Vers l’Orient et vers l'Occident: Regards croisés sur les dynamiques et les transferts culturels des Vikings à la Rous ancienne. Presses universitaires de Caen. 55-60.
  • JESCH, J., 2014. Jómsvíkinga sögur and Jómsvíkinga drápur: Texts, contexts and intertexts. Scripta Islandica. 65, 81-100.
  • JESCH, J., 2014. Review of Vikings, by Neil Oliver. BBC History Magazine. 71.
  • JESCH, J., 2014. Women and identities. In: COLEMAN, N. and LØKKA, N., eds., Kvinner i vikingtid. Spartacus forlag / Scandinavian Academic Press. 269-286.
  • JESCH, J., 2013. Reading the Jelling inscription. In: GAMMELTOFT, P., ed., Beretning fra enogtredivte tværfaglige vikingesymposium. Forlaget Wormianum. 7-18.
  • JESCH, J., ed., 2013. Viking Poetry of Love and War. The British Museum Press.
  • JESCH, J., 2013. Some Viking weapons in Sigvatr's verse. In: REYNOLDS, A. and WEBSTER, L., eds., Early Medieval Art and Archaeology in the Northern World: Studies in honour of James Graham-Campbell. Brill. 341-357.
  • JESCH, J., 2013. The Tale of Thorleif, the Earl's Poet. In: HREINSSON, V., ed., Comic Sagas and Tales from Iceland Penguin. 255-266
  • JESCH, J., 2013. Review of Diarmaid Ó Muirithe, 'A Supplement to "A Dictionary of Scandinavian Words in the Languages of Britain and Ireland". TLS: The Times Literary Supplement. 20 September 2013(5764), 31.
  • JESCH, J., 2013. Earl Rögnvaldr of Orkney: A Poet of the Viking Diaspora, Journal of the North Atlantic. Special Volume 4, 154-60.
  • J. JESCH, 2013. Runes and Words: Runic Lexicography in Context. Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies. 4, 77-100.
  • ZILMER, K. and JESCH, J., eds., 2012. Epigraphic Literacy and Christian Identity. Brepols.
  • JESCH, J., 2012. Murder She Wrought: Review of David Clark, Gender, Violence, and the Past in Edda and Saga TLS: The Times Literary Supplement. 7 December 2012(5273), 28.
  • JESCH, J., ed., 2012. Printed and digital scholary edition of works by the poets listed, with full critical apparatus including biographies, introduction, editorial methodology, complete variants, prose word order, English translation, notes, bibliography and indices.. Jórunn skáldmær; poems by Sigvatr Þórðarson. In: Poetry from the king's sagas, edited by D.C. Whaley and K.E. Gade Brepols.
  • JESCH, J., 2011. The Norse gods in England and the Isle of Man. In: ANLEZARK, D., ed., Myths, Legends, and Heroes: Essays on Old Norse and Old English Literature. University of Toronto Press. 11-24.
  • JESCH, J., 2011. Review of Christopher Abram, Myths of the Pagan North. BBC History Magazine. Available at: <>
  • JESCH, J., 2011. Runic inscriptions and the vocabulary of land, lordship, and social power in the late Viking Age. In: POULSEN, B. and SINDBÆK, S., eds., Settlement and lordship in Viking and early medieval Scandinavia Brepols. 31-44.
  • JESCH, J., 2010. Orkneyinga saga, Scandinavian love poetry. In: BJORK, R. E., ed., The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Oxford University Press. 1234, 1486
  • JESCH, J., 2010. The warrior ideal in the late Viking Age. In: SHEEHAN, J. and Ó CORRÁIN, D., eds., The Viking Age. Ireland and the West: Proceedings of the XVth Viking Congress, Cork, 2005. Four Courts Press. 165-173
  • KNIRK, J. E., WILLIAMS, H., BIANCHI, M., BARNES, M. P. and JESCH, J., eds., 2010. Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies Vol. 1. University of Oslo and Uppsala University.
  • JESCH, J., 2010. The once and future king: History and memory in Sigvatr's poetry on Óláfr Haraldsson. In: RANKOVIĆ, S., MUNDAL, E. and MELVE, L., eds., Along the Oral-Written Continuum. Brepols. 95-109 (In Press.)
  • JESCH, J., 2010. Orkneyinga saga: a work in progress?. In: LETHBRIDGE, E. and QUINN, J., eds., Creating the medieval saga: versions, variability and editorial interpretations of Old Norse saga literature University Press of Southern Denmark. 153-173
  • JESCH, J., 2009. The sea-kings of Litla Skálda. In: NEY, A., WILLIAMS, H. and LJUNGKVIST, F.C., eds., Á austrvega. Saga and East Scandinavia: Preprint Papers of The 14th International Saga Conference Uppsala, 9th – 15th August 2009. Gävle University Press. 443-451
  • JESCH, J., 2009. Namings and narratives: exploration and imagination in the Norse voyages westward. In: DEKKER, K., OLSEN, K. and HOFSTRA, T., eds., The world of travellers : exploration and imagination Peeters. 61-79
  • JESCH, J., 2009. The Orcadian links of Snorra Edda. In: JØRGENSEN, J.G., ed., Snorres Edda i europeisk og islandsk kultur. Snorrastofa. 145-172
  • JESCH, J., 2009. Constructing the warrior ideal in the late Viking Age. In: OLAUSSON, L.H and OLAUSSON, M., eds., The Martial Society: Aspects of warriors, fortifications and social change in Scandinavia. Archaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm University. 71-78
  • JESCH, J., 2009. Who was Wulfstan?. In: ENGLERT, A. and TRAKADAS, A., eds., Wulfstan's Voyage: The Baltic Sea Region in the Early Viking Age as Seen from Shipboard. Viking Ship Museum. 29-36
  • JESCH, J., 2009. The Norse gods in Scotland. In: WOOLF, A., ed., Scandinavian Scotland - Twenty Years After: The Proceedings of a Day Conference held on 19 February 2007 The Committee for Dark Age Studies, University of St Andrews. 49-73.
  • JESCH, J., ed., 2009. Printed and digital scholarly edition of works by the poets listed, with full critical apparatus including biographies, introduction, editorial methodology, complete variants, prose word order, English translation, notes, bibliography and indices.. Rögnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson, Hallr Þórarinsson breiðmaga, Eiríkr, Oddi inn litli Glúmsson, Ármóðr, Sigmundr ongull, Bótólfr begla, Lausavísa from Orkneyinga saga. In: Poetry from the kings' sagas, edited by D.C. Whaley and K.E. Gade Brepols.
  • BOWDEN, G.R., BALARESQUE, P., KING, T.E., HANSEN, Z., LEE, A.C., PERGL-WILSON, G., HURLEY, E., ROBERTS, S.J., WAITE, P., JESCH, J., JONES, A.L., THOMAS, M.G., HARDING, S.E. and JOBLING, M.A., 2008. Excavating past population structures by surname-based sampling: the genetic legacy of the Vikings in Northwest England Molecular Biology and Evolution. 25(2), 301-309
  • JESCH, J., 2008. Myth and cultural memory in the Viking diaspora Viking and Medieval Scandinavia. 4, 221-6
  • JESCH, J., 2008. Scandinavian women's names in English place-names. In: PADEL, O.J. and PARSONS, D.N., eds., A Commodity of Good Names: Essays in Honour of Margaret Gelling. Shaun Tyas. 154-162
  • JESCH, J., 2008. Poetry in the Viking Age. In: BRINK, S. and PRICE, N., eds., The Viking World. Routledge. 291-298.
  • JESCH, J., 2007. Norse literature in the Orkney earldom. In: CLANCY, T., PITTOCK, M., BROWN, I. and MANNING, S., eds., The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature Volume One: From Columba to the Union (until 1707). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 77-82
  • JESCH, J., 2006. The 'meaning of the narrative moment': Poets and history in the late Viking Age. In: TYLER, E.M and BALZARETTI, R., eds., Narrative and History in the Early Medieval West Turnhout: Brepols. 251-265.
  • JESCH, J., 2006. Viking 'geosophy' and some colonial place-names. In: GAMMELTOFT, P. and JØRGENSEN, B., eds., Names Through the Looking-Glass: Festschrift in honour of Gillian Fellows-Jensen. Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzels Forlag. 131-145
  • JESCH, J., 2006. To the wise poet Times Literary Supplement. 5370(03 Mar 2006), 26
  • JESCH, J., 2006. Review of Williams, G., and Bibire, P., eds, Sagas, Saints and Settlements The Scottish Historical Review. 85(2), 338-340
  • JESCH, J., 2005. Skaldic verse, a case of literacy <i>Avant la Lettre</i>?. In: HERMANN, P., ed., Literacy in medieval and early modern Scandinavian culture Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark. 187-210.
  • JESCH, J., 2005. Reading the Sources for Viking and Norse Scotland History Teaching Review Year Book. 19, 4-10
  • JESCH, J., 2005. Geography and travel. In: MCTURK, R., ed., A Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture Oxford: Blackwell. 119-135
  • JESCH, J., 2005. Memorials in speech and writing Hikuin. 32, 95-104
  • JESCH, J., 2005. Literature in medieval Orkney. In: OWEN, O., ed., The World of Orkneyinga Saga Kirkwall: The Orcadian Limited. 11-24.
  • JESCH, J. and MOLLESON, T., 2005. The death of Magnus Erlendsson and the relics of St Magnus. In: OWEN,O., ed., The World of Orkneyinga Saga Kirkwall: The Orcadian Limited. 127-143.
  • CAVILL, P., HARDING, S.E. and JESCH, J., 2004. Revisiting Dingesmere Journal of the English Place-Name Society. 36, 25-38
  • JESCH, J., 2004. Vikings on the European continent in the late Viking Age. In: ADAMS, J. and HOLMAN, K., eds., Scandinavia and Europe 800-1350: contact, conflict, and coexistence Turnhout: Brepols. 255-268.
  • JESCH, J., 2004. Scandinavians and 'cultural paganism' in late Anglo-Saxon England. In: CAVILL, P., ed., The Christian tradition in Anglo-Saxon England: approaches to current scholarship and teaching Cambridge: D.S. Brewer. 55-68
  • JESCH, J., 2004. Youth on the prow: three young kings in the late Viking Age. In: GOLDBERG, P. J. and RIDDY, F., eds., Youth in the Middle Ages York: York Medieval Press. 123-139.
  • JESCH, J., 2002. Eagles, ravens and wolves: beasts of battle, symbols of victory and death. In: JESCH, J., ed., The Scandinavians from the Vendel Period to the Tenth Century Woodbridge: The Boydell Press. 251-271.
  • JESCH, J., ed., 2002. The Scandinavians from the Vendel Period to the Tenth Century Woodbridge: The Boydell Press.
  • JESCH, J., 2002. Sea-battles in skaldic poetry. In: JØRGENSEN, A.N., ed., Maritime warfare in Northern Europe : technology, organisation, logistics and administration 500 BC-1500 AD : papers from an international research seminar at the Danish National Museum, Copenhagen, 3-5 May 2000 Copenhagen : The National Museum of Denmark. 57-64.
  • JESCH, J., 2001. Ships and men in the late Viking Age : the vocabulary of runic inscriptions and skaldic verse Woodbridge: Boydell Press.
  • JESCH, J., 2001. Skaldic verse in Scandinavian England. In: GRAHAM-CAMPBELL, J, HALL, R, JESCH, J. and PARSONS, D.N., eds., Vikings and the Danelaw : selected papers from the proceedings of the Thirteenth Viking Congress, Nottingham and York, 21-30 August 1997 Oxford: Oxbow Books. 313-325.
  • GRAHAM-CAMPBELL, J., HALL, R., JESCH, J. and PARSONS, D.N., eds., 2001. Vikings and the Danelaw: selected papers from the proceedings of the Thirteenth Viking Congress, Nottingham and York, 21-30 August 1997 Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • JESCH, J., 2001. Old Norse víkingr: a question of contexts. In: HOUGH, C., LOWE, K.A. and PAGE, R.I., eds., 'Lastworda betst'. Essays in Memory of Christine E. Fell Stamford : Shaun Tyas. 107-121.
  • JESCH, J., 2001. Review of Kelly De Vries, The Norwegian Invasion of England in 1066 History. 86, 383
  • JESCH, J., 2001. Women and ships in the Viking World Northern studies. 36, 49-68
  • CAVILL, P and HARDING, S.E. AND JESCH, J., 2000. Wirral and its Viking Heritage Nottingham: English Place-Name Society.
  • JESCH, J., 2000. Scandinavian Wirral, From Scandinavia to the Wirral. In: CAVILL, P, HARDING, S and JESCH, J., eds., Wirral and its Viking Heritage Nottingham: English Place-Name Society. 1-16.
  • JESCH, J., 2000. Karin Fjellhammer Seim: De vestnordiske futharkinnskriftene fra vikingtid og middelalder -- form og funksjon. Doktordisputas … Annen opponent Maal og minne. 154-162
  • JESCH, J., 2000. Sagas and scaldic poetry. In: , ed., Artikler udgivet i anledning af Preben Meulengracht Sørensens 60 års fødselsdag Aarhus: Norrønt Forum. 7-18
  • JESCH, J., 2000. Review of Barbara E Crawford and Beverley, Ballin Smith, The Biggings, Papa Stour, Shetland: the history and archaeology of a royal Norwegian farm Archaeological Journal. 157, 407
  • JESCH, J., 2000. Knútr in poetry and history. In: DALLAPIAZZA, M, HANSEN, O, MEULENGRACHT SØRENSEN, P and BONNETAIN, Y.S., eds., International Scandinavian and Medieval Studies in Memory of Gerd Wolfgang Weber Trieste: Edizioni Parnaso. 243-256
  • JESCH, J., 2000. The power of poetry. In: ROESDAHL, E and MEULENGRACHT SØRENSEN, P., eds., Beretning fra nittende tværfaglige vikingesymposium Aarhus: Hikuin. 21-39.
  • JESCH, J., 2000. Egils saga Skallagrímssonar. In: CLASSE, O., ed., Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn. 398-399
  • JESCH, J., 2000. Review of Alistair Campbell, ed., Simon Keynes, introd., Encomium Emmae Reginae History. 85, 311-312
  • JESCH, J., 1998. Review of Jenny Jochens, Women in Old Norse Society and Old Norse Images of Women Saga-Book. 25(NUMBER 1), 89-91
  • JESCH, J., 1998. Murder and treachery in the Viking Age. In: HASKETT, T., ed., Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. 63-85
  • JESCH, J., 1998. Review of Frank Hübler, Schwedische Runendichtung der Wikingerzeit Scandinavica. 37(1), 89-91
  • JESCH, J., 1998. The Norse Tradition; The Maeshowe verse; Krakumal; The Song of the Jomsvikings. In: CLANCY, T., ed., The Triumph Tree: Scotland's Earliest Poetry 550-1350 Edinburgh: Canongate. 40-43, 211, 215-2
  • JESCH, J., 1998. Skaldic studies Collegium Medievale. 11, 105-117
  • JESCH, J., 1998. Still standing in Ågersta: Textuality and literacy in late Viking-Age rune stone inscriptions. In: DÜWEL, K., ed., Runeninschriften als Quellen interdisziplinärer Forschung Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. 462-475
  • JESCH, J., 1998. Review of Peter Sawyer (ed.), The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings Archaeological Journal. 155, 407-408
  • JESCH, J., 1997. The Senja neck-ring and viking activity in the eleventh century. In: Blandade runstudier 2. Uppsala: Institutionen für nordiska språk, Uppsala Universitet. 7-12
  • JESCH, J., 1997. The Tale of Arnor, The Poet of Earls; The Tale of Ottar the Black; The Tale of Thorleif, The Earl's Poet; Ivar Ingimundarson's Tale; Gisl Illugason's Tale. In: HREINSSON, V., ed., The Complete Sagas of Icelanders Reykjavík: Leifur Eiríksson. I, 335-336, 340-341, 362-369, 385-387; III, 437-44
  • JESCH, J., 1996. Norse historical traditions and the "Historia Gruffud vab Kenan": Magnús berfoettr and Haraldr hárfagri. In: MAUND, K.L., ed., Gruffud ap Cynan: A Collaborative Biography Woodbridge: Boydell. 117-147
  • JESCH, J., 1996. Presenting traditions in Orkneyinga saga Leeds Studies in English. VOL 27, 69-86
  • JESCH, J., 1995. Review of Hilda Ellis Davidson: The Lost Beliefs of Northern Europe Scandinavica. 34(1), 125
  • JESCH, J., 1994. Skaldic and runic vocabulary and the Viking Age: A research project. In: AMBROSIANI, B and CLARKE, H., eds., Developments around the Baltic and the North Sea in the Viking Age Stockholm: The Birka Project. 294-301
  • JESCH, J., 1994. Review of Preben Meulengracht Sørensen, Fortælling og ære: studier i islændingesagaerne Scandinavica. 33(1), 90-92
  • JESCH, J., 1994. In praise of Ástríðr Óláfsdóttir Saga-Book. 24(1), 1-18
  • JESCH, J., 1994. Runic inscriptions and social history: some problems of method. In: KNIRK, J., ed., Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions Uppsala: Institutionen für nordiska språk, Uppsala Universitet. 149-162
  • JESCH, J., 1993. Frauen der Vikingzeit Wien : Wiener Frauenverlag.
  • BATEY, C.E., JESCH, J. and MORRIS, C.D., 1993. The Viking Age in Caithness, Orkney and the North Atlantic: Select papers from the proceedings of the Eleventh Viking Congress, Thurso and Kirkwall, 22 August - 1 September 1989 Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press.
  • JESCH, J., 1993. England and Orkneyinga saga. In: BATEY, C., JESCH, J. and MORRIS, C., eds., The Viking Age in Caithness, Orkney and the North Atlantic Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 222-239
  • JESCH, J., 1993. History in the 'political sagas' Medium Ævum. 62, 210-220
  • JESCH, J., 1993. Review of Rory McTurk, Studies in ‘Ragnars saga loðbrókar’ Medium Ævum. 62, 156-157
  • JESCH, J., 1993. Review of Donald Scragg (ed.), The Battle of Maldon, R. G. Poole, Viking Poems on War and Peace Early Medieval Europe. 2(1), 92-93
  • JESCH, J., 1993. Skaldic verse and viking semantics. In: FAULKES, A. and PERKINS, R., eds., Viking Revaluations London: Viking Society for Northern Research. 160-171
  • JESCH, J., 1992. Hrómundar saga Gripssonar; Illuga saga Griðarfóstra. In: PULSIANO, P., ed., Medieval Scandinavia: An Encyclopedia New York: Garland. 322-323
  • JESCH, J., 1992. "Good men" and peace in Njáls saga. In: HINES, J. and SLAY, D., eds., Introductory Essays on Egils saga and Njáls saga London: Viking Society for Northern Research. 64-82
  • JESCH, J., 1992. Narrating Orkneyinga saga Scandinavian Studies. 64(3), 336-355
  • JESCH, J., 1991. Women in the Viking Age Woodbridge: Boydell.
  • JESCH, J., 1991. Who was hulmkir? Double apposition in the Ramsund inscription Arkiv för nordisk filologi. 106, 125-136
  • JESCH, J., 1990. Review of Bjarne Fidjestøl et al. (eds), Tekstkritisk teori og praksis Scandinavica. 29(1), 129-130
  • JESCH, J., 1990. New finds from Orkney Nytt om runer: meldingsblad om runeforskning. 13-14
  • JESCH, J., 1990. Review of John Lindow, Scandinavian Mythology Scandinavica. 29(1), 106-107
  • JESCH, J., 1989. Frauen in der altnordischen Literatur. In: ZERNACK, J., ed., Auf-brüche. Uppbrott och uppbrytningar i skandinavistisk metoddiskussion Leverkusen: Norrøna. 152-180
  • JESCH, J., 1987. Early Christians in Icelandic history -- a case-study Nottingham Medieval Studies. 31, 17-36
  • JESCH, J., 1987. Women poets in the Viking Age: an exploration New Comparison. 4, 2-15
  • JESCH, J., 1987. Review of Søren Kaspersen et al., Dansk litteratur historie I Saga-Book. 22(2), 116-119
  • JESCH, J., 1987. Review of Anikó Balogh (ed.), Edda. Óészaki mitologikus és hősi énekek Saga-Book. 22(2), 130-131
  • JESCH, J., 1986. Review of Bjarne Fidjestøl et al. (eds), Festskrift til Ludvig Holm-Olsen Saga-Book. 22(1), 87-88
  • JESCH, J., 1984. Hrómundr Gripsson revisited Skandinavistik. 14(2), 89-105
  • JESCH, J., 1984. Translations of poems by Rolf Jacobsen, Sigmund Mjelve, Halvor Roll. In: JOHANSSEN, T., ed., 20 Contemporary Norwegian Poets Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. 24-27, 88-97, 114-117
  • JESCH, J., 1983. Review of Hedda Gunneng and Birgit Strand (eds), Kvinnans ekonomiska ställning under nordisk medeltid Saga-Book. 21(1-2), 122-123
  • JESCH, J., 1982. Two lost sagas Saga-Book. 21(1), 1-14
  • JESCH, J., 1982. Ásmundar saga flagðagæfu Arv. 38, 103-131
  • JESCH, J., 1981. Review of Peter Buchholz, Vorzeitkunde: Mündliches Erzählen und Überliefern im mittelalterlichen Skandinavien Saga-Book. 20(4), 315-317
  • JESCH, J., 1981. Review of Gripla II, III Saga-Book. 20(4), 313-315

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