The Heroic Age

A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe

Founded 1998   |   ISSN 1526-1867

General Description

The Heroic Age is a fully peer-reviewed academic journal.

The Heroic Age focuses on Northwestern Europe during the early medieval period (from the early 4th through 13th centuries). We seek to foster dialogue between all scholars of this period across ethnic and disciplinary boundaries, including—but not limited to—history, archaeology, and literature pertaining to the period.

The Heroic Age publishes issues within the broad context of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe. Each issue has a "general" section and a "themed" section. Please consult the Call for Papers for information about upcoming themed sections. For any questions about the suitability of topics, please contact Larry Swain, Editor-in-Chief.Mailto: Icon


Call For Papers

The Heroic Age is seeking proposals for three sessions to be held at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies:

Please see our Call for Papers for more details. Submissions are due on September 15, 2016 and should be sent to Deanna ForsmanMailto: Icon


Current Issue

Issue 16


Upcoming Issues

Issue 17: Carolingian Borderlands—Expected 2016


Regular Features

Feature Articles: Research articles representing new scholarship on special or general topics, depending on the issue. Please see the Call for Papers for current topics.

Editions and Translations: New and/or updated editions and translations of primary sources related to the Early Middle Ages.

The Forum: Essays that re-evaluate prevailing theories on a variety of topics.

Year in Archaeology: A review of publications and discoveries in early medieval archaeology.

Continental Business: A review of early medieval scholarship originally published in German, Dutch, and French.

Philological Inquiries: a regular column describing and demonstrating the philological method and applying that method to shed new light on problems new and old.

Book Reviews:  Reviews of scholarly monographs and essays related to the early medieval period, as well as reviews of fiction based on the Middle Ages.

Film and Television Reviews: Reviews of the accuracy and pedagogical merit of film or television programs focusing on early medieval topics (including both documentaries and fictional entertainment).


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The Editorial Board of The Heroic Age would like to thank Memorial University of Newfoundland for graciously agreeing to host the journal and its archives.

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