Professor Kenneth W. Harl presents a very comprehensive look at the Vikings.
36 lectures each 30 minutes long (each lecture is split into a playlist of 3 youtube videos below).
'As explorers and traders, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of Western Europe. In this course, you will study the Vikings not only as warriors, but also in other roles for which they were equally extraordinary: merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.
Professor Kenneth Harl synthesizes insights from an astonishing array of sources: The Russian Primary Chronicle (a Slavic text from medieval Kiev), 13th-century Icelandic poems and sagas, Byzantine accounts, Arab geographies, annals of Irish monks who faced Viking raids, Roman reports, and scores of other firsthand contemporary documents.
Among the topics you will explore in depth are the profound influence of the Norse gods and heroes on Viking culture, and the Vikings' extraordinary accomplishments as explorers and settlers in Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland. With the help of archeological findings, you will learn to analyze Viking ship burials, runestones and runic inscriptions, Viking wood carving, jewelry, sculpture, and metalwork.
From 790–1066, virtually invincible Viking fleets fanned out across Europe, raiding, plundering, and overwhelming every army that opposed them.
By 1100, however, the Vikings had disappeared, having willingly shed their identity and dissolved into the mists of myth and legend. How did this happen, and how should we remember this formidable civilization that, for being so formative, proved so transient?' (From The Great Courses website).
Lecture 1: The Vikings in Medieval History
Lecture 2: Land and People of Medieval Scandinavia
Lecture 3: Scandinavian Society in the Bronze Age
Lecture 4: Scandinavia in the Celtic and Roman Ages
Lecture 5: The Age of Migrations
Lecture 6: The Norse Gods
Lecture 7: Runes, Poetry and Visual Arts
Lecture 8: Legendary Kings and Heroes
Lecture 9: A Revolution in Shipbuilding
Lecture 10: Warfare and Society in the Viking Age
Lecture 11: Merchants and Commerce in the Viking Age
Lecture 12: Christendom on the Eve of the Viking Age
Lecture 13: Viking Raids on the Carolingian Empire
Lecture 14: The Duchy of Normandy
Lecture 15: Viking Assault on England
Lecture 16: The Danelaw
Lecture 17: Viking Assault on Ireland
Lecture 18: Norse Kings of Dublin and Ireland
Lecture 19: The Settlement of Iceland
Lecture 20: Iceland - A Frontier Republic
Lecture 21: Skaldic Poetry and Sagas
Lecture 22: Western Voyages to Greenland and Vinland
Lecture 23: Swedes in the Baltic Sea and Russia
Lecture 24: The Road to Byzantium
Lecture 25: From Varangians into Russians
Lecture 26: Transformation of Scandinavian Society
Lecture 27: St. Anskar and the First Christian Missions
Lecture 28: Formation of the Kingdom of Denmark
Lecture 29: Cnut the Great
Lecture 30: Collapse of Cnut's Empire
Lecture 31: Jarls and Sea Kings of Norway
Lecture 32: St Olaf of Norway
Lecture 33: Kings of the Swedes and Goths
Lecture 34: Christianization and Economic Change
Lecture 35: From Vikings to Crusaders
Lecture 36: The Viking Legacy