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The Vikings are the epitome of masculinity and heterosexuality... right? Wrong! Amy Jefford Franks will tell us just some of the ways in which the Vikings Are Gay!

Vikings Are Gay‪!‬ Amy Jefford Franks

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    • 4.0 • 17 Ratings

The Vikings are the epitome of masculinity and heterosexuality... right? Wrong! Amy Jefford Franks will tell us just some of the ways in which the Vikings Are Gay!

    Wherefore Hervor? On Hervara saga ok Heidreks

    Wherefore Hervor? On Hervara saga ok Heidreks

    In this episode of Vikings Are Gay, Amy Jefford Franks explores the tale of Hervor/Hervard, assigned female at birth and later taking on the social role of being a man. 

    • 31 min
    Black Lives Matter: Viking Studies and White Supremacy

    Black Lives Matter: Viking Studies and White Supremacy

    As the Black Lives Matter movement sees a resurgence, it is an important time for white allies to reflect on their complicity in white supremacy. In this episode, Amy Jefford Franks will tell you about some of the darker parts in the history of Viking Studies as a field, and why anti-racist work must form part of what we do. 

    • 41 min
    Thor the Bride

    Thor the Bride

    In this episode, we take a look at the poem Thrymskviða, which shows Thor dressing up as a woman to gain back his hammer. What can we learn about Viking queerness and queerphobia from this? Amy Jefford Franks takes a look. 

    • 17 min
    Okay Boomer… er, Odin

    Okay Boomer… er, Odin

    Odin: one of the most well-known gods of Norse mythology, the god of death, war, poetry, magic, in charge of the Valkyries. By all accounts, he seems pretty manly, right? WRONG! In this episode, Amy Jefford Franks will give you some reasons why Odin might be a little bit queer... 

    • 20 min
    Bottom Shaming and Magic

    Bottom Shaming and Magic

    The Vikings didn't have words for genders and sexualities like the ones we recognise from the LGBTQIA+ acronym, so how do we go about spotting queerness in the Viking Age? In this episode, Amy will give you the low-down on the Viking magic called seiðr, and will discuss the implications of men practicing it, when they were accused of being 'ergi'. 

    • 18 min
    Who Were the Vikings Anyway?

    Who Were the Vikings Anyway?

    Don't worry if you don't know anything about the Vikings, this episode has you covered! We'll enter into the dark, filthy world of the Vikings, giving you the downlow on the basics, and a bit of fun mythbusting! 

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Bond314 ,

Makes current Viking research accessible

The Viking era is culturally prominent now, but public understanding of the Vikings is horribly outdated and based on inaccurate stereotypes. This podcast does a great job of addressing the misconceptions and misinformation about Viking age conceptions of gender in a way that's accessible to non academics.

MacDracor ,

Excellent scholarly dive into an underdiscussed topic

Gender and sexuality in history are generally far more complex than most people would think, and the topic is severely under discussed. This podcast takes a dive into the viking age to discuss queerness and sexuality. It’s a fascinating listen and I hope she continues the podcast!

KatKappe ,

False information

So much false information, but whatever floats your boat.

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