Christopher M. Cevasco, Author


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Happy Jól!

At 5:30 am on December 22, this year’s winter solstice will occur for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere (summer solstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere). The date is commonly known as midwinter, but astronomically speaking, the winter solstice marks the point at which the polar hemisphere’s axial tilt is farthest from […]

Landøyðan – A Bird in the Hand…

Of the various methods Vikings employed to plant fear in the guts of their enemies, perhaps none would have been as visually striking as the raven banner–a sort of warcloth flown by many famous Norsemen, particularly during the 9th through 11th centuries. From surviving accounts and a few visual depictions such as the one at […]

London Bridge: The Ups and Downs (Part 1)

This is the first in a planned series of ZOUNDS! posts about the history of London Bridge. August 1 marked the 180th anniversary of the opening of the “New” London Bridge, which crossed the River Thames to connect the City of London to the district of Southwark in central London. But that particular bridge was […]

Norse Greenland: When Adaptation Breeds Extinction

In 1408, a letter from the Norse colonies in Greenland brought word to Iceland of a wedding. There was no hint whatsoever in the letter of any actual or perceived threat to the men and women living there. After that, no further European contact with the colonists occurred until 1721, when a Norwegian missionary went […]