Posts Tagged ‘Boston/New England’

A Short History of the Norse Conquest of England for Bostonians, Part 2

Monday, November 28th, 2011

A Short History of the Norse Conquest of England for Bostonians, Part 2

In which Svein Forkbeard utterly dominates Ethelred the Unready.

A Short History of the Norse Conquest of England for Bostonians, Part 1

Monday, November 21st, 2011

A Short History of the Norse Conquest of England for Bostonians, Part 1

In which the Danes and English succeed very well in not getting along with one another whatsoever.

Victorious March!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

I’m not sure whether this painting is saying, “We are coming to destroy everything in our path!” or “We have just destroyed everything in our path!”, but either way, if this isn’t a victorious march of some sort, then I don’t know what is. John Charles Dollman wasn’t dicking around when he painted these Vikings 100 years ago. He imbued them with noble glory, and that glory still lives on today, even though most people don’t even know it exists. There’s a lot to lament about in that statement, but rather than spiral downward into an eternal pit of despair, why don’t we take a look at another victorious march while we’re on that topic:

Or this one, which is what inspired me to post an entry relating to victorious marches today of all days anyway in the first place. It just goes to show, that in some cases, despair is not always eternal!

(I pilfered the photo from the Boston Globe’s honorable photo montage.)

A Short History of the Norse Invasion of Normandy for Bostonians

Monday, June 6th, 2011

A Short History of the Norse Invasion of Normandy for Bostonians

A little history about Normandy on the anniversary of D-Day, Boston-style.

A Short History of the Fall of Gaelic-Norse Dublin and Subsequent Victory Over Rival York, for Bostonians

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Here’s a new one in the McSweeney’s line of profanity-laden history lessons to help get you into that special green-beer drinking mood:

A Short History of the Fall of Gaelic-Norse Dublin and Subsequent Victory Over Rival York, for Bostonians

And just for kicks because it’s cool:

A Short History of the Norse Siege of Paris for Bostonians

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Check out A Short History of the Norse Siege of Paris for Bostonians to learn more about Sigfred’s insane, highly aggressive, and not so glorious voyage up the Seine River.

Also of potential interest to New Englanders: Boston’s Monuments to Viking Glory

Viking Tower in Newport, Rhode Island

Friday, January 7th, 2011

New update to the Boston-area Viking Monument page. This one just happens to be an old stone tower. Back in the day folks thought Vikings erected it. Vikings definitely erected a very many things, especially when they got a little too excited with the pillaging and there happened to be some fine ladies around, but this, alas, was not among them. But still, it’s cool, or at least somewhat interesting, I think. Check out the placard that discusses its Norse history below. …Hail onwards »

A Short History of Leif Eriksson’s Discovery of North America for Bostonians

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Tomorrow, October 9th, is Vinland’s official Leif Eriksson Day, but it’s never too early to start celebrating. That means beer and mead. And possibly tomfoolery involving medieval weaponry.

A Short History of Leif Eriksson’s Discovery of North America for Bostonians

A Short History of the Inaugural Norse Assault on Paris for Bostonians

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Learn about Ragnar Hairy Breeches’ exciting and slaughterful voyage up the Seine:

A Short History of the Inaugural Norse Assault on Paris for Bostonians

A Short History of the Norse Founding of Russia for Bostonians

Friday, June 4th, 2010

A Short History of the Norse Founding of Russia for Bostonians

And just in time for the annual June 6th celebrations, too!

A Short History of the Epic Norse Slaughter at Clontarf for Bostonians

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

A Short History of the Epic Norse Slaughter at Clontarf for Bostonians: an educational lesson at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

Starting with this one, these lessons in Norse history are becoming a regular feature over there. Now, don’t get too excited all at once.

A Short History of the Norse Occupation of Dublin for Bostonians

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

A Short History of the Norse Occupation of Dublin for Bostonians

Viking history for Saint Patrick’s Day over at McSweeney’s! Go ahead, click on the link. I double dog dare you.

A Short History of the Norse Colonization of Greenland for Bostonians

Friday, January 29th, 2010

A Short History of the Norse Colonization of Greenland for Bostonians is pretty much as its name applies. Don’t click the link if you don’t like profanity.

Skål to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency!

Viking Swords Discovered in Worcester, Mass!

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

At the Higgins Armory Museum, förstås! (That’s Swedish for “of course.”) The Higgins is said to be “the only museum in the Western Hemisphere solely dedicated to the collection of arms, armor and art.” …Hail onwards »

Badass Viking Stained Glass

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Lo! And behold. …Hail onwards »