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Welcome to the HistoryExtra Academy Vikings course

In this four-week short course, you'll discover everything you need to know about the Viking period, guided by Ryan Lavelle, Professor in Early Medieval History at the University of Winchester.

Each week, you'll receive an email outlining the learning for that week, including a video mini-lecture by Professor Lavelle, exploring a specific area of the topic.

At the end of the course, we'll share a pre-recorded video masterclass with Professor Lavelle where we'll discuss some of the learning in more detail and answer some of your burning questions.

The HistoryExtra Academy Vikings course starts on Monday 5 February, exclusive to members of HistoryExtra

Course syllabus

Week One: Viking raids (from 5 February)

Week Two: Trading and Exploring (from 12 February)

Week Three: Daily Life (from 19 February)

Week Four: Viking Kingdoms (from 26 February)

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About the expert

Ryan Lavelle is Professor in Early Medieval History at the University of Winchester, specialising in Anglo-Saxon and early medieval military and political history. His books include Alfred’s Wars: Sources and Interpretations of Anglo-Saxon Warfare in the Viking Age (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2010). He also served as historical consultant for the hit BBC series The Last Kingdom.