Why Conversion Histories Matter

Just before Christmas, a new volume of essays was published on conversion in the early Middle Ages. The subject is an old one and a good one. Moreover, it is timely. Stories about conversion are not what everyone considers crucial about the Middle Ages. Indeed, I was once commissioned to write a short piece on… Continue reading Why Conversion Histories Matter

Which Vikings?

Vikings: blood-thirsty warriors or misunderstood traders? Life is a complicated thing and of course there is plenty of room for Vikings to have been both. Still, a new exhibition at the British Museum has provoked some good counter-revisionist fun which serves as a timely reminder of the political dangers the past can pose. The opinions… Continue reading Which Vikings?