Medieval Death Trip

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MDT Ep. 45: Concerning Magnus Barefoot vs. Ireland

Wooden statue of Magnus Barefoot in Tannaghmore Gardens, Craigavon, Northern Ireland. Photo by P Flannagan, via Wikimedia Commons.This episode we (that is, I) wax autobiographical as we look at our first saga text, an account of the death of King Magnus Barefoot during his attempted conquest of Ireland in 1103. Also, there are some thoughts on the idea of the progress of literary technique.
Today’s Text:
  • Snorre Sturluson. The Heimskringla, or The Sagas of the Norse Kings. Translated by Samuel Laing, revised with notes by Rasmus B. Anderson, vol. 4, John C. Nimmo, 1889. Available at Google Books.
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Image: Wooden statue of Magnus Barefoot in Tannaghmore Gardens, Craigavon, Northern Ireland. Photo by P Flannagan, via Wikimedia Commons.

4 Comments

  1. Robbie Elizabeth Monsma, Denver, Colorado

    October 30, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Adore your podcast and the most recent episode detailing your childhood through academia career path was MOST charming.

  2. This was really an outstanding episode, from the story of your experiences, to an interesting text, with some interesting meditations on literary progress as well. Well done!

  3. Great episode! I enjoy getting some insight into what makes our podcaster tick. Thanks for the introduction to Mediaeval Baebes.
    I love the mystery words but I’m terrible at the riddles. I always guess “a bed”. It’s never a bed. Thanks for sharing your expertise!

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