William R. Short, a research fellow at Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, will review the weapons of the Viking age and discuss his recent research on the fighting moves of Viking-age warriors on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in 227 Herter Hall.
Short’s talk is part of the Scandinavian Impulses series on Vengeance and Violence in Scandinavian Life and Culture.
Short draws upon information about combat in the Viking age found in the 13th-century “Sagas of Icelanders,” which provides many examples of men using weapons to resolve their disputes and to defend their honor.
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” (2012-13). 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 and funded by the Nordic Council, is free and open to the public.