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Student Handout #3B – Myths and History of the Vikings

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Student Handout #3B – Myths and History of the Vikings

The Vikings: Yale historian looks at the myths vs. the history

By Dorie Baker

Now, on a separate sheet of paper, summarize each of the sections separated by the interview questions, and use only 15-20 words to summarize each question and answer. Try to focus in on the big picture for each one. What is the larger, general idea beyond the details that the historian wants you to take away?

Once you have a short summary for each paragraph, read across these summaries. Pull out the larger big ideas and summarize all of this information, again, using only 20-30 words this time, and no more than three sentences.

March 8, 2013

Anders Winroth (Photo by Michael Marsland)

As a lead-up to the forthcoming History Channel series “Vikings,” Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR’s “On Point,” talked with a foremost authority on the subject — Yale’s Anders Winroth — to de-mystify the legendary raiders of the North.

Winroth is professor and director of graduate studies in history. His most recently published book is “The Conversion of Scandinavia: Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe” (Yale University Press, 2011). His forthcoming volume, "A New History of the Viking Age,” will be published by Princeton University Press in 2014. YaleNews spoke with Winroth recently about some of the issues raised in his “On Point” interview. The following is an edited transcript.

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