Viking Fighting Methods: Lecture and Demonstration

Event Details

November 6, 2013
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Herter Hall

Room: 227

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Sherrill Harbison

The 13th-century Sagas of Icelanders are one our best source of information about the combat in the Viking age, giving many examples of men using weapons to resolve their disputes and to defend their honor. As part of the Scandinavian Impulses series on Vengeance and Violence in Scandinavian Life and Culture, Dr. William R. Short, a research fellow at Higgins Armory Museum, in Worcester, MA, will review the weapons of the Viking age and discuss his recent research on the fighting moves of Viking-age warriors.  Part of his presentation will include a hands-on training session for volunteers from the audience.

Dr. Short is an independent scholar and a fight instructor at Higgins Armory Museum, where he and his students research and practice the fighting moves of the Vikings, drawing on examples from the sagas. He is the author of two books, Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques (2009) and Icelanders in the Viking Age (2010), and he has created a series of training DVDs, Hurstwic® Viking Combat Training (2012-2013). Dr. Short regularly lectures and teaches at universities, schools, and museums in North America and Iceland. He is one of the instructors for the annual Icelandic summer course on the classic Gisli’s Saga at Háskólasetur Vestfjarða in Iceland.

The event, sponsored by the German and Scandinavian Studies Program at UMass Amherst and funded by the Nordic Council, is free and open to the public. 

When:  4:30 pm, Wednesday, November 6, 2013. 

Where: Room 227 Herter Hall, University of Massachusetts  Amherst