Vikings

Alistair Moffat imagines St Cuthbert’s death, in the bleak midwinter, on a lonely, inhospitable island

Can’t anyone travel for fun any more?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

There was a time when travel writers would set off with a spring in their step: Coleridge knocking the bristles…

King David with his musicians: a page from the Vespasian Psalter, 8th century

To say this is a 'once in a generation' exhibition seems absurdly modest

17 November 2018 9:00 am

‘The barbarians drive us to the sea, the sea drives us to the barbarians; between these two means of death…

Alfred the Great’s victory over the Vikings is our foundation myth; Viking Britain reviewed

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Some oleaginous interviewer once suggested to Winston Churchill that he was the greatest Briton who ever lived. The grand old…

A whale of a time in the Faroes

2 January 2016 9:00 am

The Faroes are a wonderful place to visit, discovers Camilla Swift

Broadchurch, review: ‘unwatchable’

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Probably the two greatest advances in western culture in my lifetime have been the Sopranos-style epic serial drama and the…

Looking for a Game of Thrones substitute? Vikings is the closest you’ll get – but it ain't close

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Did you know that the 8th-century Kingdom of Northumbria was the epicentre of an international exotic reptile trade? I only…

For my family, the Vikings exhibition was about as much fun as being raped and pillaged

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Have you managed to book tickets to the Viking exhibition at the British Museum yet? If you haven’t, my advice…

The night that saved England

1 March 2014 9:00 am

If he hadn’t survived the Twelfth Night raid of 878, England as we know it might never have existed

Unmissable: ‘The Horse, the Rider and the Clown’, 1943–4, by Matisse will go on show at Tate Modern in April

Art shows you simply mustn't miss in 2014

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Andrew Lambirth reveals the treats on show in 2014

Sorry – the Vikings really were that bad

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Forget that guff about peaceful farmers with an interest in travel

Taste Ranald Macdonald’s wines, and you can forgive his ancestors for allying with the Vikings

8 June 2013 9:00 am

The Macdonalds of Clanranald are one of the oldest families in the world. Their lineage comfortably predates the Scotland of…