Bjørn Bandlien

USN Handelshøyskolen
Institutt for økonomi, historie og samfunnsvitenskap
Campus Vestfold (C3-114)
Teaches Viking Age and medieval history, historical methodology and academic writing. Research interests include gender, global history, urbanity, identity, otherness, cultural brokerage and in pre-modern societies, especially viking-age and medieval Scandinavia.



  • Viking Age
  • Medieval history
  • Gender history
  • Crusades
  • Cultural encounters

Project member of Viking Nativity: Gjellestad across Borders

Associated researcher at Norsk Borgsenter, Vestfoldmuseene


Dr. philos., University of Oslo, 2005


Selected publications


Approaches to the Medieval Self: Representations and Conceptualizations of the Self in the Textual and Material Culture of Western Scandinavia, c. 800-1500, eds. Stefka G. Eriksen, Karen Langsholt Holmqvist and Bjørn Bandlien (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020) 

Arvegull: Rygge kirke (Oslo: Press forlag, 2019) [edited anthology]

Kringla Heimsins (Oslo: Dreyer, 2014) (co-authored with Frans-Arne Stylegar)

Eufemia: Oslos middelalderdronning (Oslo: Dreyer, 2012) [edited anthology]

Olav Kyrre (Oslo: Spartacus/SagaBok, 2011)

Strategies of Passion: Love and Marriage in Medieval Norway and Iceland (Turnhout: Brepols, 2005)

Man or Monster? Negotiations of Masculinity in Old Norse Society, Diss. (Oslo: Faculty of Humanities, 2005)



"When World Views Collide? The Travel Narratives of Haraldr Sigurðarson of Norway", in Christian Raffensperger (ed.), Authorship, Worldview, and Identity in Medieval Europe (Abingdon: Routledge, 2022)

"Jerusalem and the Christianization of Norway", in Kristin Aavitsland & Line Bonde (eds.), Tracing the Jerusalem Code, volume I: The Holy City Christian Cultures in Medieval Scandinavia (ca. 1100-1536) (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2021)

"Civil War as Holy War? Polyphonic Discourses of Warfare during the Internal Struggles in Norway in the Twelfth Century", in Christianity and War in Medieval East Central Europe and Scandinavia, eds. Radoslaw Kotecki, Carsten Selch Jensen, Stephen Bennett (Leeds: Arc Humanities Press, 2021)

“Travels, Translations, and Cultural Brokerage: Courtly Literature as a Means of Elite Legitimation in Thirteenth-Century Norway”, in Wojtek Jezierski et al. (eds.), Nordic Elites in Transformation, c. 1050–1250, volume III: Legitimacy and Glory (London: Routledge, 2020) 

"Kastrering og kongemakt: Lemlestelse og tortur som politisk verktøy i Norge på 1130-tallet", Collegium medievale 32.2 (2019)

"Images of Muslims in medieval Norway and Iceland", in Kurt Villads Jensen, Carsten Selch Jensen, and Janus Møller Jensen (eds.), Fighting for the Faith – The Many Crusades (Stockholm: Runica et mediaevalia, 2018): 96-137

"History" & "Gender", in Jürg Glauser, Pernille Hermann & Stephen Mitchell (eds.), Handbook of Pre-Modern Nordic Memory Studies (Berlin: deGruyter, 2018)

"Coinage and Kingship in the Late Viking Age: The Facing Bird Pennies of King Olafr Haraldsson", in Jakob Morawiec & Rafal Boryslawski (eds.), Royal Ideology in the Viking Age (Katowice: University of Silesia Press, 2018): 55-78

"Harald Grenske - en småkonge i storpolitikken", Telemark historie 2018

"Marginality", in Armann Jakobsson & Sverrir Jakobsson (eds.), The Routledge Research Companion to the medieval Icelandic Sagas (London: Routledge, 2017): 253-264

"A Manuscript of the Old French William of Tyre (Pal. Lat. 1963) in Norway", Studi mediolatini e volgari 62 (2016)

"Situated Knowledge: Shaping Intellectual Identities in Iceland, c. 1180-1220", in Stefka G. Eriksen (ed.), Intellectual Culture in medieval Scandinavia, c. 1100-1350 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016): 137-174

“Trading with Saracens and the Sámi in medieval Norway”, in Cordelia Hess & Jonathan Adams (eds.), Fear and Loathing in the North: Jews and Muslims in Medieval  Scandinavia and the Baltic (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015): 31–48

"Didactic Literature for Women and Romance in the Age of Queen Eufemia of Norway", in Olle Ferm, Ingela Hedström, Sofia Lodén, Jonatan Pettersson & Mia Åkestam (eds.), The Eufemiavisor and courtly culture : time, texts and cultural transfer (Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien, 2015): 32-48

“The Armenian Embassy to King Håkon V of Norway", Journal of the Society of Armenian Studies, 23 (2014): 49-82

“‘Snara Asláksson owns me”: The Historical Context of Uppsala De la Gardie 4–7”, in Karl G. Johansson & Else Mundal (eds.), Riddarasǫgur: The Translation of European Court Culture in medieval Scandinavia (Oslo: Novus, 2014): 245–272

“Yvain among Friars: A Late Medieval Franciscan Manuscript of Herr Ivan”, Journal of the International Arthurian Society, 1 (2013)

“Arthurian Knights in Fourteenth-Century Iceland: Erex saga and Ívens saga in the World of Ormur Snorrason”, Arthuriana, 23 (2013)

“Hegemonic Memory, Counter-Memory, and Struggles for Royal Power in Norway”, Scandinavian Studies, 85.3 (2013)

“Showing the Dragon’s Tongue: P.A. Munch’s Journey to Scotland, Orkney and London in 1849–1850”, Northern Studies, 43 (2013)

“Mauritius’ Itinerarium in Terram Sanctam”, Vellum, 6 (2011)


For a list of other publications, see