SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar by Rachel Tsoumbakos

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Lagertha was known to be one of the wives of the famous Viking Ragnar Lodbrok. But did you know they first met each other at a brothel? And just how long did their marriage last? Was Lagertha really the revered shield maiden we see her as today? ‘Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar’ aims to unravel all these secrets.

‘Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar’ is so much more than a history book though.

In Part One their story is brought to life with a historically accurate retelling. Part Two then explores the historical facts surrounding this story.

‘Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar’ aims to discover just how much of what we know of the shield maiden Lagertha and the famous Ragnar Lodbrok in popular culture today is actually true.

‘The Truth About’ series explores the historical fact from present day fiction in regards to the Vikings and other key historical figures that existed in the Viking era.

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EXCERPT

“Did you see that woman?” Ragnar was sitting next to one of the fires burning bright in Fro’s village. The tinder had once been a building and the fire blazed high up into the dark sky. “Her hair was like gold spun with fire.”

Erik laughed at him. “Such a fancy way to describe bloodmatted hair, have you sipped Odin’s gift while I was not looking? You can have you warrior women, I am happy with a woman I do not have to fear can match me in a fight.”

There was laughter as the men listened in on the conversation.

“She intrigues me,” Ragnar said to no one in particular. “I need to find out more about her.”

“Are you really after a common whore? And what of Aslaug? Is she not warming your bed now she has presented you with so many sons?” The questions came from the back of the group. He searched the shadows but couldn’t work out who had said it.

“I think it is one thing to be a common whore, but quite another to be raised noble and trained as a shield maiden but be forced into that life because of a dispute between leaders.” He ignored the other questions about Aslaug. Yes, she had borne him many sons, and yes, she was no longer eager to share their bed. It was complicated and something he did not feel like addressing with a field full of drunkards. Besides, here he was, far away from his wife’s bed, and it was a given someone else was likely to warm his furs while away from home.

There was silence for a moment, as if the crowd was not sure whether to pursue the unanswered questions as they contemplated the way noble standing can fall so quickly at the folly of kings.

Then someone raised their drinking horn and proposed another toast, this time to the valkyries.

“On all sides saw I | Valkyries assemble,
Ready to ride | to the ranks of the gods;
Skuld bore the shield, | and Skogul rode next,
Guth, Hild, Gondul, | and Geirskogul.
Of Herjan’s maidens | the list have ye heard,
Valkyries ready | to ride o’er the earth.”

Several men cheered, likening her to a maiden of Herjan, or outright calling her a valkyrie. Others still, thought she was more like a beserker, entering the battle with a bloodlust normally reserved for them.

Regardless, cheering returned and Ragnar moved to the edge of the fire. He gazed deeply into the flames, his thoughts distracted by the maiden he had seen. He remembered her golden hair flicking out behind her, her face as he had slain Fro, and chuckled to himself. She had been both relieved and angry at Fro’s death. Ragnar suspected she wanted the victory for herself, and he didn’t blame her for those thoughts. He would have been downright outraged at not being able to bring justice to a man how had wronged him. The thought of her being upset with him over Fro’s death both upset and aroused him.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rachel Tsoumbakos is a stay home mother of two. Her main passions are writing, reading and organic gardening. Rachel lives with her husband, two kids, three cats and seven chickens in suburban Melbourne, Australia.

While she has several articles published through mainstream magazines, she has also written extensively for The Inquisitr.

Over the years, Rachel has been interested in many aspects of history. When studying a Library Studies diploma, she discovered just how much she enjoyed researching and has since used these skills in several of her novels.

However, it was her work with The Inquisitr that brought her into the world of the Vikings and she has spent several years delving into the sagas of this culture as well as the history of the Viking Era.

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