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Welcome back to our review series on the History Channel show Vikings.
Lissa: As Aslaug predicted, her baby was born with disabilities. It was so sad to see Ragnar tucking the blanket gently around his newborn son, even as he left him to die on that river bank.
@LissaBryan Regarding infant-acceptance - the father had the power of life and death with a newborn. He could choose to let the child die.
— Sandi Layne (@sandyquill) April 18, 2014
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Lissa: Aslaug showed a certain strength of character in defying the cultural norms regarding disabled children. Ragnar, too. Both of them decided that they loved their baby too much to expose him. It will be interesting to see how the community reacts to this situation.
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Sandi: The timeline here for the series has him born rather later than is often indicated, but it works well for the story. As the Seer said in the first season, Ragnar's sons will have more renown than their father.
Lissa: I had to raise a brow at Lagertha's bathtub. That didn't strike me as very accurate for a series that has thus far been commendable in this respect. Bathing seems to have been mostly a communal activity at hotspring pools and bath houses. It seems likely that if she'd had a personal tub, it would have been made of wood, not beaten copper.
Sandi: My research (which has mostly focused on the Norwegian people of this era) has indicated that cleansing usually happened in steam houses. One might rinse off from that in a spring, river, or from a bucket poured over a person after sweating. It is my thought, as you said, that any bathtub would not have been made from metal. Metal was far too precious to use for something as luxurious as a bathtub. Though, one has to remember that Lagertha's dead husband was - by her own word, I think -considered insane by some.
"Oh, wait, you were serious. Let me laugh harder."
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Sandi: And the minion did not seem to fight much about it, which makes me wonder if he has other plans or if Lagertha's strength is just that overwhelming, even when she is naked and unarmed. Or, perhaps, especially when she is naked and unarmed.
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Sandi: It would make more sense, to her, if Björn were to take Porunn as a leman, or sex slave. Someone whose job it was to keep him thusly entertained. It wouldn't surprise me if that was something Lagertha would consider: buying Porunn from her owner and giving her as a gift to her son. This would emphasize what would be considered their proper places in society as well as give Lagertha the opportunity to remind Björn of his duties. Marriage was not a thing of the heart, in this time and place. It was a business arrangement. Especially among powerful families. A man was considered to be of a good age to marry when he was perhaps twenty. Björn is close enough to this age that it is fine to consider an alliance but not with a slave.
Lissa: Floki seems to be having some issues with Ragnar, whose faith he contrasts unfavorably with that of Horik. Horik is courting him, hoping to exploit Floki's shipbuilding genius. I really enjoyed the seafaring scenes in this episode.
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Lissa: We meet Princess Kwenthrith in this episode. She was interesting at first because she seemed to have a sharp eye for the political situation, but then... They seem to be setting her up as a sort of Messalina-type character. She seems to be based on Cynethrith, a powerful queen of Mercia about whom little is known, but who was important enough in her day to have coins minted in her own name.
Sandi: She comes in and takes no prisoners. King Ecbert's response to her was quite amusing, sending in some of his men to, ah, keep her entertained. I will have to read up on her before next week's episode.
Father, Mother and Son, all going raiding together. The #VIKINGS version of family game night.
— Lissa Bryan (@LissaBryan) April 18, 2014
Lissa: Ragnar's arrogance is getting him into trouble. He's acting as a sole agent, as though his allies - including King Horik - are merely his assistants in the matter of raiding England. His tone was bordering on disrespectful when he addressed Lagertha by her title Earl Ingstad. It made me wonder if it was just the situation or whether he really doesn't respect her claim to the title of her dead husband.
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Lissa: He sent Torstein to parlay with Ecbert and was delighted when the king's son came back to talk, carrying with him Athelstan's torc. I imagine that Athelstan is one of the first things Ragnar is going to ask for when he speaks with Ecbert.
Unfortunately, that meeting may be a little tense, because when the prince's company leaves the camp, they're ambushed. The prince is the only one who manages to stagger away.
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I am guessing the conference will not take place in the bath.