Cushing Public Library will host a free presentation by author Nancy Marie Brown about her book “The Real Valkyrie: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women” via Zoom on Wednesday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m.

In 2017, DNA tests revealed that a Viking warrior from a high-status grave previously excavated in Birka, Sweden, was a woman. In her book, Brown combines archaeology, history and literature to imagine the warrior’s life and times, showing that Viking women had more power and agency than historians have imagined. She has named the Birka warrior Hervor and imagines her life intersecting with those of real women, including Queen Gunnhild and Queen Olga of Kyiv.

Brown has studied Icelandic literature and culture for decades; she contends that much of our perception of the Viking age (roughly A.D. 750–1050) is based on Victorian biases. She draws on science, history and a thorough knowledge of Viking literature to recreate Hervor’s life and times. She has published extensively on the era. Brown lives on a farm in Vermont, where she keeps Icelandic horses and an Icelandic sheepdog.

To register, call Wendy Roberts at 691-0833 or email