Centre for the Study of the Viking Age
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The selected recent academic publications listed below reflect our current research strengths in the Viking diaspora, runology, poetry, reception of mythology, medical history and name-studies. 

For a full publications list, please visit our staff research profiles.

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Photograph of a stone building on a grassy shore. Text overlay reads: THe Viking Diaspora. Judith Jesch. The Routledge logo is in the bottom right corner.
Published in 2015, The Viking Diaspora by Professor Judith Jesch has helped to redefine the field of Viking Studies through its innovative application of the term ‘diaspora’ to the Viking Age and its aftermath. This term is now widely used in the field.

Selected publications

  • Keith Ruiter, ‘Legal custom & Lex Castrensis?: using law and literature to navigate the North-Sea neighbourhood in the Late Viking Age’, in Britain & its Neighbours: Cultural Contacts & Exchanges in Medieval & Early Modern Europe, ed. Dirk H. Steinforth and Charles C. Rozier (London: Routledge, 2021). 

  • Roderick Dale, Viking Leicestershire (Five Leaves, 2020). 

  • Martin Findell and Philip A. Shaw, "Language contact in Early Medieval Britain: Settlement, interaction, and acculturation", in Migrants in Medieval England, c. 500-1500, ed. W. Mark Ormrod, Joanna Story and Elizabeth M. Tyler. Proceedings of the British Academy 229. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. 
  •  Judith Jesch and Christina Lee, ‘Healing runes’, in Viking Encounters, ed. Anne Pedersen and Søren Sindbæk (Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2020), pp. 386-398. 

  • Keith Ruiter, ‘Berserks Behaving Badly: Manipulating Normative Expectations in Eyrbyggja saga’, in Narrating Law and Laws of Narration in Medieval Scandinavia, ed. by Roland Scheel, (Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde. Ergänzungsbände, 2020) pp. 171-184.
  • Judith Jesch, ‘Further thoughts on E18 Saltfleetby’Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies 9-10 (2018-19; publ. 2020), pp. 201-213.
  • Jayne Carroll, “Identifying migrants in medieval England: the possibilities and limitations of place-name evidence”, in Migrants in Medieval England, c. 500-1500, ed. W. Mark Ormrod, Joanna Story and Elizabeth M. Tyler. Proceedings of the British Academy 229 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), pp. 90-119. 

  • Judith Jesch, The Poetry of Orkneyinga saga (Cambridge: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, 2020 [pamphlet publication of 2019 Chadwick Lecture]). 

  • Christina Lee, ‘Germany 1650-1860,’ in The Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Vol II: Research and Reception c. 1830 to the Present, ed. Margaret Clunies Ross (Turnhout: Brepols, 2019), pp. 29-50. 

  • Keith Ruiter, ‘A Deviant Word Hoard: A Study of Non-Normative Terms in Early Medieval Scandinavia’, in Social Norms in Medieval Scandinavia, ed. by Jakub Morawiec, Aleksandra Jochymek, & Grzegorz Bartusik, (Leeds: ARC Humanities Press, Beyond Medieval Europe, 2019), pp. 201-212. 
  • Judith Jesch, ‘Runes and verse: the medialities of early Scandinavian poetry’, European Journal of Scandinavian Studies 47/1 (2017), pp. 181-202. 

  • Christina Lee, ‘Memoire des Mythes,’ in Penser les mondes normandes medievaux, ed. David Bates and Pierre Bauduin (Presses Universitaires Caen, 2016), pp. 73- 86. 
  • Martin Findell, ‘The Portormin (Dunbeath) runestone', Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies 6 (2015, publ. 2016), pp. 153-70. 

  • Judith Jesch, The Viking Diaspora, (London: Routledge, 2015) 
  • Stephen E. Harding, David Griffiths and Elizabeth Royles (eds), In Search of Vikings: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Scandinavian Heritage of North-West England, (Taylor & Francis, 2015). Includes the following chapters: 4a. Jesch, ‘Speaking Like a Viking: Language and Cultural Interaction in the Irish Sea Region’; 4b. Lee, ‘Viking Age Women’; 4c. Cavill, ‘Battle of Brunanburh in 937: Battlefield Dispatches’.
  • Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages, ed. Margaret Clunies Ross et al. (2007-ongoing), Scholarly editions by Jesch (vol. I [2012], pp. 143-149, 532-556, 614-649, 663-698; vol. II [2009], pp. 575-623, 626-8; vol. III [2017], pp. 342-6) and Carroll (vol. I [2012], pp. 486-513; vol. II [2009], pp. 432-460).

PGR publications

Current students:

Past students:

  • Rebecca Gregory, Viking Nottinghamshire (Five Leaves, 2017).
  • Dayanna Knight, The Viking Coloring Book (ACMRS Press, 2017).


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