56 episodes

A chronological journey through the history of Scandinavia. Geographically, we cover the five modern Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Finland—as well as a few other bits and pieces here and there where it's relevant.

The show is hosted by Mikael Shainkman: a historian, tour guide and coffee drinker.

The Scandinavian History Podcast Mikael Shainkman

    • History
    • 5.0 • 99 Ratings

A chronological journey through the history of Scandinavia. Geographically, we cover the five modern Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Finland—as well as a few other bits and pieces here and there where it's relevant.

The show is hosted by Mikael Shainkman: a historian, tour guide and coffee drinker.

    001 In the Beginning there Was Ice

    001 In the Beginning there Was Ice

    Welcome to the first episode of the Scandinavian History Podcast.
    This first episode is dedicated to Scandinavia from the time the ice started to recede after the last Ice Age until the beginning of the Viking Age.
    Music: The Vikings by Alexander Nakarada serpentsoundstudios.com promoted by free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 Int creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 20 min
    002 Here Come the Vikings

    002 Here Come the Vikings

    Who were the Vikings, and why did they decide to start plundering and killing? Was it really because of something some random West-Saxon bailiff said? Or because the Northumbrians cut their hair in a way that upset God?
    Find out in this episode, when we kick off the Viking Age with the infamous attack on the monastery at Lindisfarne. 

    • 26 min
    003 Go West

    003 Go West

    After the initial attack on Lindisfarne, the Vikings shifted their focus away from England--settling the islands off the coast of Scotland and raiding in Ireland. The Shetland and Orkney Islands, as well as the Hebrides and the Isle of Man, were soon dominated by Scandinavian settlers. In Ireland, they established colonies that remain important urban centers to this day.

    • 28 min
    004 Kings of Dublin

    004 Kings of Dublin

    The Scandinavians who settled in Ireland became an integral part of the social and economic fabric of the island. For a few generations, the Viking Kings of Dublin were a major power not only in Irish politics, but also across the Irish Sea.
    Even though they eventually lost their political and military power, the influence of the Scandinavians linger on the Emerald Isle. It can still be seen both in local place names as the Irish gene pool.

    • 33 min
    005 Fuzzy Pants and Sons

    005 Fuzzy Pants and Sons

    If you know the name of only one Viking, chances are that name is Ragnar Lodbrok. In this episode, we take a closer look at the legend of Ragnar and his sons. For hundreds of years, this legend shaped the way Scandinavians understood their own past. It was a source of both fascination and pride, and kings—as well as regular Scandinavians with an inflated ego—claimed to be descendants of the Ragnarssons.

    • 37 min
    006 The Great Heathen Army

    006 The Great Heathen Army

    Despite the corona quarantine, I’ve managed to record a new episode!
    In the year 865, a large force of Vikings invaded the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Everyone was robbed, and those who didn’t submit to Scandinavian rule were also killed. King Edmund of East Anglia was turned into a pincushion by Ivar the Boneless. Only Wessex continued to defy the onslaught. Its teenage king Alfred fought the Viking forces that are known to history as the Great Heathen Army.
     

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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99 Ratings

99 Ratings

The 12 you know ,

What I’ve been waiting for!

I’ve listened to a lot of Viking age podcast. Although those went into a deep history of what led to the Viking age. They weren’t nearly as deep diving into the history of the Vikings though. I love that this podcast gets into the Rus and travels even further east!

JackSkellington10 ,

Educational AND Entertaining!

I am truly enjoying this show. The presentation is both informative and witty. I recently learned my family’s Scandinavian roots ran deeper than originally thought and this podcast has provided a fuller understanding of my heritage, as well as connecting some dots. I look forward to every new episode.

Truzinski ,

Great, fantastic show

Quite possibly my favorite podcast about Scandinavian History. Mikael is very informative, and entertaining, with an appropriate amount of humor sprinkled in so it doesn’t feel like a lecture. If you’re into Scandinavian history, or medieval history in general, this is the show for you!

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