Discover the cultural impact of early medieval Norse contact with peoples throughout “the Viking World”. From the lands adjoining the Caspian Sea in the east to the shores of North America in the west, the Norse of the Viking era ventured in search of commodities such as silk and silver, as well as markets for products of the Northlands such as fur, amber, and slaves. In the process, the people we refer to as “Vikings” contacted and co-existed with more different world cultures than perhaps any other pre-modern Europeans. Find out how the legendary Vikings weren’t just pirates and warriors; but settlers, explorers, and agents of commerce and communication beyond Scandinavia. This workshop includes a visit through VIKINGS: The Exhibition, presented by Raymond James Ltd.
Registration includes lunch.
Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Herold
Dr. Jonathan Herold earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. He teaches courses about the history and culture of Medieval Europe at Glendon College at York University and at the University of Trinity College at the University of Toronto. He specializes in the study of medieval record-keeping and memorial practices, and is particularly interested in the production and preservation of Anglo-Saxon charters and cartularies, as well as the rune stone monuments and inscribed rune-stick messages of medieval Scandinavia.