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The Vikings are back with a vengeance, writes Jeffrey Richards

Inspired by his upbringing at the English court, Hákon I – nicknamed ‘Athelstan’s foster-son’ – strove to make Norway more like his mentor’s realm, a well-organised Christian kingdom. His reforms were to have a lasting impact, explains Synnøve Veinan Hellerud.

Volume: 63 Issue: 1 2013

The Vikings are back with a vengeance, writes Jeffrey Richards

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

An 18th-century ménage à trois involving the King of Denmark inspired the recent film, A Royal Affair.  Stella Tillyard considers what makes it a story for our times.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

Richard Cavendish explains how Europe's earliest modern-style banknotes were introduced by the Bank of Stockholm in the 17th century.

Volume: 61 Issue: 7 2011

Richard Cavendish recreates the circumstances of Horatio Nelson's victory at Copenhagen on April 2nd, 1801.

Volume: 61 Issue: 4 2011

Janina Ramirez, presenter of a new BBC documentary on Iceland and its literature, explores the country’s sagas, their wide-ranging legacy and what they tell us about the history and culture of the Arctic island and its peoples.

Volume: 61 Issue: 5 2011

Dunia Garcia Ontiveros charts the little-known history of the Sami population and the life of Knud Leem, the first person to study their language and culture.


Nigel Jones celebrates a great humanitarian who navigated the perilous paths between good and evil, a mission that was to cost him his life.

Volume: 60 Issue: 9 2010

Magnus Stenbock, the Swedish aristocrat and war hero, lived his life in pursuit of honour. Yet, as Andreas Marklund reveals, he died in disgrace, broken by the schemes of a cunning spy. 

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

Janet Voke meets Joachim Rønneberg, survivor of one of the most daring actions of the Second World War: the sabotage of a German heavy water plant deep in occupied Norway.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

James Hamilton looks at how volcanic activity in Iceland in 1783 and elsewhere elicited strange reactions, and stimulated the creative powers of artists and scientists.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

Ed Dutton looks at how the experience of Finland during the period 1945 to 1989 has led to a historical identity crisis for the nation that remains unresolved.

Volume: 59 Issue 10 2009

Patricia Cleveland-Peck goes on the trail of the scientist Linnaeus, whose tercentenary this year is being marked in Sweden at a variety of locations associated with the great man.

Volume: 57 Issue: 5 2007

Stuart Burch considers the significance to Norway – both in terms of the past and the present – of the anniversary of 1905, when the country at last won its independence from Sweden.

Volume: 55 Issue: 6 2005

Christina abdicated her throne on June 6th, 1654.

Volume: 54 Issue: 6 2004

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Finland, Matthew Kirk, describes the impact of the Crimean War on that country and how it is being commemorated.

Volume: 54 Issue: 8 2004

A.D. Harvey recalls the career of the Swedish king whose assassination inspired a famous opera.

Volume: 53 Issue: 12 2003

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of an important Scandinavian battle, which originally took place on April 2nd, 1801

Volume: 51 Issue: 4 2001

A key battle in the Great Northern War was fought on November 29th, 1700.

Volume: 50 Issue: 11 2000

Finland's longest-serving president was born on September 3rd, 1900.

Volume: 50 Issue: 9 2000

Christian V died in Copenhagen on August 25th, 1699, following a riding accident.

Volume: 49 Issue: 8 1999
An international exhibition run by the Swedish Royal Armoury on Tournaments and the Dream of Chivalry.
Volume: 42 Issue: 9 1992
Ragnhild Hatton on her memories - and the perspective of other historians - on Wartime Norway.
Volume: 41 Issue: 3 1991
Ann Hills on excavations in the Arctic and displays in the Tromso Museum.
Volume: 40 Issue: 11 1990

David Kirby discusses how Sweden's sudden rise to prominence in 17th-century Europe provoked much soul-searching both within and without the country on its nature, its culture and its destiny.

Volume: 40 Issue: 11 1990
An exploration of the heroic period of 17th-century Sweden through a new Royal Academy exhibition.
Volume: 39 Issue: 4 1989

John Burrows presents this month's Today's History feature to coincide with the birth of N.F.S. Grundtvig, the Danish political reformer and father of further education.

Volume: 34 Issue: 4 1984

In the winter of 1939-40, whilst already waging war against the might of Nazi Germany, Britain, together with France, was preparing to send a military expedition to Finland to fight against the Soviet Union. Had this expedition materialised, argues B.D.P. Conduit, the course of the Second World War might well have been disastrously altered.

Volume: 32 Issue: 3 1982

Sakari Sariola looks at the relationship between Finland and the Soviet Union.

Volume: 32 Issue: 3 1982
A short editorial by Michael Trend.
Volume: 32 Issue: 3 1982

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