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.
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)
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 Academia.edu page or follow her on Instagram at The French Medievalist. She is also a columnist on Medievalists.net, writing about agriculture and rural life in the Middle Ages.
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The music in this podcast is La douce jouvencelle
Top Image: Pierpont Morgan Library MS M.736, fol. 9v