Features Podcast

The Vikings’ Slave Trade

From Woven Sails to Slavery: Viking lovers, this episode of the Medieval Grad Podcast is for you! Lucie Laumonier meets Sarah Christensen, who studies the slave trade in the Western Viking world and its intersections with gender. We learn that enslaved women often worked in textile production, weaving the sails Viking men used to propel their ships.

Sarah Christensen is a PhD student in history at Brown University. Click here to see her university website or follow Sarah on Twitter @sarah0ferris


Some recommended readings related to this episode:

Ruth Mazzo Karras, Slavery and Society in Medieval Scandinavia (Yale Univerity Press, 1988)

Stefan Brink, Thraldom: A History of Slavery in the Viking Age (Oxford University Press, 2021)

Ben Raffield, “The slave markets of the Viking world: comparative perspectives on an ‘invisible archaeology’”

Njal’s Saga, translated by Ben Cook (Penguin, 2002)

Medieval Warfare magazine – Issue IX:6 

See also the Saga Thing podcast

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Lucie Laumonier is an affiliate assistant professor at Concordia University. Click here to view her page or follow her on Instagram at The French Medievalist. She is also a columnist on, writing about agriculture and rural life in the Middle Ages.

If you are interested in being a guest of the podcast, you can email Lucie at [email protected].

The music in this podcast is La douce jouvencelle

Top Image: Pierpont Morgan Library MS M.736, fol. 9v


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