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Þrír Vegir í Miklagarð (part three)

Wulf: A Displaced Anglo-Saxon, c. 1090 It had been the better part of a lifetime since the Conquest, and Wulf was resolved to stay and settle in his adoptive city. His loyalty to his former liege lords had been remote … Continue reading

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Þrír Vegir í Miklagarð (part two)

Bolli: An Opportunistic Icelander, c. 1040 Bolli’s ax sat heavily on his shoulders, but he did not notice the weight. The emperor’s life-guard was back from Bulgar-fighting in Prilep and he was thinking about the new red cloak he would … Continue reading

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Þrír Vegir í Miklagarð (part one)

Halfdan: A Swedish Varangian via Kievan Rus, c. 990 Halfdan was not the first Halfdan to come to Miklagard. This he discovered shortly after his arrival from Kiev with Prince Vladimir’s other Rus. On especially important days, the life-guard accompanied … Continue reading

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Summer Sequel: Three Roads to Miklagård

Brigid Ehrmantraut from Princeton University has been generous to offer her recent essay on Scandinavian mercenaries in Constantinople as a reading feuilleton for the Nordic Byzantine Network. Before we do so, we are happy to have Brigid’s attention for a few … Continue reading

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Byzantium, alt-right and hooliganism

As our readers will know, the Nordic Byzantine Network is not only preoccupied with the study of Byzantium as such, but also with the metahistory of its past and contemporary use. Such was, for instance, the topic of a two-day … Continue reading

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Om Istanbuls bysantinska monument

På vår gamla hemsida fördes vid något tillfälle frågan på tal om huruvida freskerna i Chorakyrkan (Kariye Camii) i Istanbul lider under tilltagande fuktskador. Fotografier som tagits under tre besök, 2004, 2007 och 2011 visade att den blå färgen alltmer bleknat bakom vad … Continue reading

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Äldsta levande bysantinaren

Lagom till AIEB:s stora konferens i Belgrad kan det tyska magasinet Spektrum under rubriken Der letzte Byzantiner berätta om  en ormskinnstall i de grekiska Pindos-bergen som dendrokronologer har konstaterat att den började spira år 940. Den gången härskade Konstantin Porfyrogennetos och Romanos Lakapenos över … Continue reading

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