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The Shieldmaidens of History (Protecting the Innocent from Anachronisms) welcome you back to our series on the History Channel show Vikings. 

146a6-lissa-bryanHistorical fiction author Lissa Bryan is with me again to discuss the historical aspects of the show. Lissa has written a fantastic historical fiction story of her own, and she is an amazing historian and storyteller. (You can read my review of her Tudor love story, Under These Restless Skies here on my site.)


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Heillir! We—Lissa Bryan and Sandi Layne—are two historical fiction authors with a serious thing for Vikings. And for VIKINGS, the amazing series that is going to begin its fourth season on HISTORY CHANNEL.

We are SO excited! So, Warriors and Shieldmaidens all, get your weapons and armor ready, because it’s going to be an amazing season!

A princess who desires to rule, Kwenthrith of Mercia is quite a piece of work, to be honest.

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Intelligent, seductive, and ruthless, she will stop at nothing to have her own way.

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Played by the wonderful Amy Bailey (who is a gem!), Kwenthrith certainly made more than one impact in VIKINGS, Seasons Two and Three.

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The daughter of Mercia’s King Offa, she is a physical woman who also plays a mean game of politics.

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This leads her, unsurprisingly, to Ragnar. They discuss her brother (who is in her way), have sex, and later she kills her brother by poisoning him in front of everyone.

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Kwenthrith, really, is fearless. She brings forth a child, later, that she claims is hers as sired by Ragnar, but the truth of that is never proven.

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What plots will she reveal in Season Four? There is never a dull moment with her around.


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What are your thoughts? Join Lissa Bryan and me Sandi, tonight as we chat at 8PM EST on Twitter about Kwenthrith and what the series might have in store for her. Use the hashtag #ShieldGeeks to join in the fun!


  1. Angelyn · February 15, 2016

    Yeah, she’s a nut.

    • Sandi · February 15, 2016

      She really is. I was just watching S4 today and was struck again by her untrustworthiness.

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