Published Material

The Varangians: In God’s Holy Fire

By Sverrir Jakobsson

The history of the Eastern Vikings, the Rus and the Varangians, from their earliest mentions in the narrative sources to the late medieval period when the Eastern Vikings had become stock figures in Old Norse Romances. Comparing sources from different cultures such as the Roman Empire, the Abbasid Caliphate and its successor states, the early kingdoms of the Rus and the high medieval Scandinavian kingdoms. A key element in the history of the Rus and the Varangians is the fashioning of identities and how different cultures define themselves in comparison and contrast with the other.

Published in December 2020 by Pangrave MacMillan