Bjørn Bandlien

Bjørn Bandlien


USN Handelshøyskolen
Institutt for økonomi, historie og samfunnsvitenskap
Campus Vestfold (C3-110)
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


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) 

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)



"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, 2020)

“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) 

"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