Personal Appearances and Events

Seminars and research presentations:

Past events


6-May-2017: Hurstwic® Viking Combat Training Introductory Workshops
14-Jan-2017
17-Sep-2016
2-April-2016
9-January-2016
10-Oct-2015
6-June-2015
7-March-2015
10-January-2015

Viking combat training workshop

14-Jan-2017: Hurstwic® Viking Combat Training Introductory Viking Combat Workshop for Younger Vikings
9-January-2016
2-April-2016
10-October-2015
Viking combat training for younger Vikings
3-April-2017: Presentation on The Walking Dead in the Sagas: Zombies of the Viking Age at the Hurstwic Heathen Study Group.
27-February-2017: World Premiere of Hurstwic's film The Final Battle of Grettir the Strong at Tjarnarbíó cinema in Reykjavík, Iceland Premiere of The Final Battle of Grettir the Strong
7-December-2016: Interview on Awaken the North Podcast.
7-November-2016: Presentation on The Coexistence of Heathenry and Christianity in the Viking Age at the Hurstwic Heathen Study Group.
August-2016: Film shoot on location in Iceland for Hurstwic's film based on Grettis saga. Film shoot on location at Drangey, Iceland
14-July-2016: Presentation on Life After Death in the Viking Age at the Hurstwic Heathen Study Group.

11-April-2016: Presentation on Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas of Icelanders at Southern New Hampshire University.

4-April-2016: Presentation on Religion in the Viking Age at the Hurstwic Heathen Study Group.
28-Mar-2016: Presentation on Religion in the Viking Age at UMass Amherst. UMass Amherst 2016 magazine article

3-December-2015: Presentation on Viking History, Culture, and Society at Henry E. Warren Elementary School, Ashland, MA.

Ashland

22-November-2014: Presentation and Demonstration of Viking Combat at Nesmith Library, Windham, NH, USA.

18 and 19-October-2104: Presentation and Training Session at Swords Through the Centuries in Wolcott, CT.

Swords Through the Ages

August, 2014: Film shoot on location in Iceland for Hurstwic's film based on Gísla saga. Gisla saga location shoot 2014

28 and 29-June-2014: Hurstwic® Viking Combat Training with the Montreal Viking Vig Skhol in Montreal, Quebec.

Viking Vig Skohl flyer

3-April-2014: Settlement and Commonwealth in Saga-Age Iceland lecture at Western New England University.

15 and 16-March-2014: Hurstwic Old Norse Language Boot Camp

Hurstwic Old Norse Language Boot Camp

8-March-2014: Hurstwic® Viking Combat Training Introductory Workshop

Viking combat training workshop

24-February-2014: Fellaskóli, Fellabć, Iceland:
Introduction to Viking Weapons (for 1st and 2nd graders)
Viking Weapons in Gísla saga (for 8th and 9th graders)

Fellaskoli
14-January-2014: Hurstwic® Viking Combat Training Introductory Workshop Viking combat training workshop

6-November-2013: Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas of Icelanders lecture, part of the "Vengeance and Violence in Scandinavian Life and Culture" lecture series at UMass Amherst.

UMass Amherst flyer

2-November-2013: Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas presentation at Swords Through the Centuries in Wolcott, CT

Swords Through the Centuries logo
5-October-2013: Viking combat training team-building exercise for WPI undergraduates. Viking teambuilding for undergraduates
13-September-2013: "Using the Sagas in our work at Hurstwic and at Higgins Armory Museum", a presentation in the session on Using the Sagas in the Classroom, part of the Haustţing kennara (Fall Teacher's Conference) in Egilsstađir, Iceland Haustthing kennara 2013

18-August through 24-August-2013: Instructor for the summer course Gísla Saga and Classical Icelandic at Háskólasetur Vestfjarđa in Iceland.

Gisla saga
oldest surviving fragment of Gísla Saga
photo: Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies.

8-May-2013: Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas lecture at Bates College, Lewiston, ME

3-March-2013: Viking Fighting Moves presentation at Scandinavian Cultural Center, West Newton, MA

lecture at Scandinavian Cultural Center

2-February-2013: Viking combat training team-building exercise for WPI undergraduates.

WPI team building Viking combat training

19-January-2013: Viking Day at Higgins Armory Museum, a full day of lectures, presentations, workshops, and training sessions.

Higgins Armory Museum Viking Day 2013

8-November-2012: Lecture and demonstration on Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques at QVCC.

31-October-2012: Radio interview broadcast on the program Samfélagiđ í nćrmynd on Rás 1 in Iceland: Hvatvísir bardagamenn (although I am not sure I would use the word hvatvísir to describe my view of Vikings in combat).
(Audio may be streamed from the RÚV website, or as an MP3 file from this website.)

10-October-2012: Advisor to the Nova television documentary, Secrets of the Viking Sword.

22-September-2012: Lecture on Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas at Landnámssetur Íslands in Borgarnes, Iceland.

Viking weapons lecture at Landnamssetur

20-August-2012 through 24-August-2012: Instructor for Gísla Saga and Classical Icelandic, a summer course at Háskólasetur Vestfjarđa in Iceland.


Dr. William R. Short leads a class discussion of Gísla Saga outdoors in the courtyard at Háskólasetur Vestfjarđa

25-May-2012: Television interview on Viking history, culture, weapons, combat, and travels to Vínland. Broadcast date TBA.

Vinland interview for television

31-March-2012: Opening of Real Vikings, a new exhibition of Viking-age weapons at Higgins Armory Museum. A full day of Viking presentations, demonstrations, games, and crafts.

Real Vikings poster

25-February through 17-March-2012: Viking sword and shield introductory course, one of several Viking combat training events at Higgins Armory Museum

28-January-2012: Warrior 101: Introduction to Historical Swordplay workshop at Higgins Armory Museum

21-January-2012: Viking sword and shield workshop, one of several Viking combat training events at Higgins Armory Museum, part of Viking Day, a full day of Viking-related events

13-January-2012: Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas of Icelanders: presentation and combat demo at Arisia

10-November-2011: lecture and demonstration on Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques at QVCC.

20-October-2011: Presentation, demonstration, and hands-on workshop on Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

beginning 15-October-2011: Viking Sword and Shield Introductory Course for adults and teens, one of several Viking combat training events at Higgins Armory Museum

6-October-2011: Lecture on Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas at Fjörukráin in Hafnarfjörđur, Iceland.

Fjorukrain lecture flyer

2-October-2011: Viking combat workshop with Víkingar á Ţingeyri at Ţingeyri in Iceland.

1-October-2011: Lecture on Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas at the annual conference of Saga Trail Association (Samtök um sögutengda ferđaţjónustu) at Núpur í Dýrafirđi in Iceland.

Saga trails logo

26 and 27-September-2011: Lecture on Viking-age history, culture and society, followed by Viking combat workshops for school children at Hallormsstađaskóli and at Brúarásskóli in Fljótsdalshérađ, Iceland and for the children of Reyđarfjörđur at Minjasafn Austurlands in Egilsstađir, Iceland.

Viking combat training at Minjasafn Austurlands

July and August-2011: Viking Sword and Shield Workshops, with sessions for adults and separate sessions for kids at Higgins Armory Museum.

July and August-2011: Viking Combat Workshops for summer interns at Higgins Armory Museum.

21-April-2011: Viking Combat Workshop for Younger Vikings at Higgins Armory Museum. A new one-hour hands-on workshop to introduce younger Vikings to the weapons and the fighting moves of the Vikings.

12-March-2011: Presentation on Viking history and culture at Ephraim Curtis Middle School.

28-March-2011: Lecture/demonstration on Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques at Bates College.

Bates poster march 2011

27-March-2011: Viking combat workshop at Bates College.

12-February-2011 through 7-March-2011: Viking Sword and Shield Training Class at Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, MA, USA. The class teaches the fundamentals of Viking sword and shield combat and runs on four consecutive Saturday afternoons.

29-January-2011: Viking Day at Higgins Armory Museum, with special demonstrations, presentations, and workshops.

29-November-2010: Lecture on Viking-age Iceland at Worcester State University.

Viking training video

18-November-2010: Video shoot for American Treasures, a new program premiering on the Discovery channel in spring, 2011.

On camera, we taught the two hosts of the show some fundamentals of Viking combat techniques, using our new approach to teaching historical martial arts.

More photographs of the video shoot can be seen in this album.

Viking training video

11-November-2010: Lecture/demonstration on Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques at Quinebaug Valley Community College.

QVCC poster nov 2010

24-September-2010: Viking combat workshop at SUNY Oswego.

11-September-2010: A lecture on my forthcoming book, The Warrior Code of the Viking Age, at Landnámssetur Íslands in Borgarnes, Iceland.

weapons training at Ţingeyri

4 and 5-September-2010: Viking Sword and Shield combat training workshop for Víkingar frá Ţingeyri in Ţingeyri, west Iceland.

weapons training at Ţingeyri

3-September-2010: A lecture on my forthcoming book, The Warrior Code of the Viking Age, part of the Vísindaport lecture series at Hákólasetur Vestfjarđa in Ísafjörđur, west Iceland.

knattleikur Minjasafn Austurlands

28-August-2010: Knattleikur returns to Iceland!

The Viking-age ball game called knattleikur was played in Iceland, perhaps for the first time in centuries. William R. Short offered brief instruction (right), and then the games festival began (left). Both knattleikur (for adults) and sveinaleikur (for children) were played. The games were part of a Viking-day event at Geirsstađakirkja in east Iceland sponsored by Minjasafn Austurlands.

knattleikur Minjasafn Austurlands

Phoenix Swords workshop

11-July-2010: Viking Sword and Shield workshop at Phoenix Swords.

Phoenix Swords workshop

25-March-2010: Lecture on the resolution of conflicts in the Sagas of Icelanders at the University of Connecticut.

20-February-2010 through 13-March-2010: Viking Sword and Shield Training Class at Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, MA, USA.  The class teaches the fundamentals of Viking sword and shield combat and ran on four Saturday afternoons in February.

20-February-2010: Book signing at Higgins Armory Museum, part of the Authors at Higgins special event.

30-January-2010: Viking Day at Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, MA, USA. A full day of Viking events, include lectures, combat demonstrations, and a hands-on workshop on Viking combat techniques, as well as crafts, games, and other family activities.

20-November-2009: Lecture on Viking-age arms and armor, Worcester State College.


QVCC poster 19-November-2009: Presentation and demonstration at Quinebaug Valley Community College on Viking-age arms, armor, and combat techniques.

QVCC Viking presentation
photo: Brian M. Lynch


29-October-2009: Presentation at Fayetteville Free Library, on my book Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques.

Viking weapons lecture at Fayettevile Free Library

28-October-2009: Seminar for the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.


10-October-2009: Presentation at Micel Folcland Hearth Night on my book Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques.


Vísindaport Háskólaseturs Vestfjarđa
Ísafjörđur, Iceland
18-September-2009

Lecture on my forthcoming book about saga-age Icelanders.

hsvest event announcement
event announcement


Vísindagarđur
Mentaskólinn á Egilsstöđum
Egilsstađir, Iceland
15-September-2009

  • Lecture on Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques

  • Viking event for families and children at Minjasafn Austurlands

Sjonvarpid frettir
television news story
on the children's event at
Minjasafn Austurlands
broadcast on
RÚV Sjónvarpiđ Fréttir


Frettabladid announcement
announcement of the event in Fréttablađiđ.

Landnámssetur Íslands
Borgarnes, Iceland
12-September-2009

  • Lecture by William R. Short on Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques

  • Lecture by Einar Kárason on weapons and techniques in the Sturlunga era

  • Combat demonstrations by Rimmugýgur, the Viking group from Hafnarfjörđur

  • Archery demonstrations by Hringhorni, the Viking group from Akranes

  • Viking feast in the museum's restaurant

Landnamssetur print ad
print ad for the event


MetroWest Daily News article
news article about Viking Day in
MetroWest Daily News
16-July-2009
by Chris Bergeron

Higgins Armory Museum
Worcester, MA, USA
18-July-2009

Scheduled Viking events on July 18 at the Higgins include:

  • Lecture on women in Viking society at 11:30

  • Viking combat demonstration at 2

  • Book signing immediately following the combat demonstration, at about 2:30

  • Other family-oriented Viking-related demonstrations, games, crafts, and workshops will be presented throughout the day

Books are available for purchase in the museum gift shop.

Slide show of the day's events.

Vikings at Higgins Armory Museum
Publicity for Viking Invasion
at Higgins Armory Museum


Morgunbladid article
Morgunblađiđ article about
the book and presentation

16-June-2009 at 8PM: Presentation at Reykjavík, on weapons and combat techniques in saga-age Iceland.
Part of an open-house at the home of writer and film director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, creator of Hrafninn flýgur (The Raven Flies).

Announcement on the Einherjar website here.


Furman poster Presentation at Furman University, Greenville, SC, USA
2-April-2009

Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques


29-September-2008 at 7PM: Presentation at Gerđuberg cultural center, Reykjavík, on weapons and combat techniques in saga-age Iceland.
26-September-2008 at 12 noon: Presentation at Vísindaport Háskólaseturs Vestfjarđa in Iceland on weapons and combat techniques in saga-age Iceland.

frettabladid article
Fréttablađiđ article about the presentations

Radio interview with Sigríđur Stephensen on Víđsjá, broadcast on Rás 1. Listen here.
(excerpts in mp3 format)

News story on the Vísir web site here.

Summary of presentation at Gerđuberg here.

Announcement on the Háskólasetur Vestfjarđa web site here.

Announcement on the Einherjar website here.


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