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The Real Valkyrie: A Warrior Woman in the Viking Age

Aired on Tue, Nov 9 at 7:30pm

Nancy Marie Brown

In 2017, DNA tests revealed to the shock of many scholars that a Viking warrior in a high-status grave in Birka, Sweden was actually a woman. What does the Viking world look like if we abandon our gender stereotypes? In “The Real Valkyrie,” author Nancy Marie Brown weaves together archaeology, history, and literature to imagine the life and times of this one warrior woman in the Viking Age—and through her to show that Viking women had more power and agency than historians have imagined.

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