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The Viking Sagas to be aired on BBC 4

The BBC will be airing a show examining Iceland’s medieval history this week. The Viking Sagas will first be see on Tuesday, May 10th, and is one of a number of programs being shown this week related to Iceland and its culture.

In a press release, the BBC describes the show:

Hundreds of years ago in faraway Iceland, the Vikings began to write down dozens of stories – called sagas. These sagas are great works of art; sweeping narratives based on real people and real events.

But, as Oxford University’s Janina Ramirez discovers, these sagas are not just great works of art. They’re also priceless historical documents which bring to life the Viking world.

Dr Ramirez travels across glaciers and through the lava fields of Iceland to the far north-west of the country to find out about one of the most compelling of these stories – the Laxdaela Saga.

Broadcast Times on BBC 4 television

Tue 10 May 2011……………21:00
Wed 11 May 2011……………00:00
Wed 11 May 2011……………03:00
Mon 16 May 2011……………19:30
Mon 16 May 2011…………..23:35

Source: BBC

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