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The Rise of the Valkyries

Season 2, Ep. 14

Life and death in a Viking battle depended not on military prowess, but on the favour of the valkyries. Why were these mythical figures, who decided a warrior’s fate, female?


This article was part of our Miscellanies series. Sign up to receive this free weekly long read in your inbox, at https://www.historytoday.com/miscellanies.


Written by Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir. Read by Greig Johnson. 


Music: Kai Engel.

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