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Historian and Bestselling Author of Viking Historical Fiction Novels.


C.J. Adrien is a bestselling author of Viking historical fiction novels with a passion for Viking history. His Kindred of the Sea series was inspired by research conducted in preparation for a doctoral program in early medieval history as well as his admiration for historical fiction writers such as Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett. He is also a published historian on the subject of Vikings, with articles featured in historical journals such as L’Association des Amis de Noirmoutier, in France. His novels and expertise have earned him invitations to speak at several international events, including the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), conferences on Viking history in France, among others. C.J. Adrien earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Oregon, a Master’s degree from Oregon State University, and is currently searching for the right university to complete his doctoral thesis. If you enjoy C.J. Adrien’s work, consider supporting him on Patreon.

Speaker at multiple international events.

Novels published and available worldwide. 

Continually researching, continually writing!

Why the Vikings?

C.J. Adrien, passionate about early medieval history, grew up with tales of the Vikings. His paternal family, natives of the island of Noirmoutier, claim to trace their ancestry to the Norwegian conquerors who used the island as a base in the 9th Century to launch raids along the coast of what is now Western France and Brittany.

The idea that Vikings might comprise part of his paternal heritage launched Adrien on a life-long quest of research. He has his whole life sought to uncover the true history of a people who forged for themselves a lasting reputation during an obscure and oft-misunderstood time period. He is currently working on a non-fiction book titled The Viking Island, which will detail the Viking invasions of Noirmoutier and serve as a historical companion book to his historical fiction series. 







Viking History Blog

Gotlandic Picture Stone From Stora Hammars I
Human Sacrifice in the Viking Age
Did the Vikings conduct human sacrifice? Here I examine the evidence for human sacrifice among…
Viking Vlog 4: Who Were the Jomsvikings?

Viking Vlog 4: Who Were the Jomsvikings?   In this episode, I give a 10,000-foot…

The Invitation Of The Rus
How Tall Were the Vikings?
Books, TV shows, and even some notable museum displays paint a portrait of tall and…
How Fast Were Viking Longships?
How Fast Did Viking Longships Sail? While modern replicas offer us good evidence for the…
How Tall Were The Vikings? Vikings Arkeologisk Museum Stavanger, Norway
The Viking Raid at Lindisfarne: Who Attacked the Monastery?
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records ‘terrible portents’ to the raid at Lindisfarne in 793 A.D. Located…
Why Are The Vikings Popular?
How Historical is Historical Fiction? An Interview with Bernard Cornwell.
Historical fiction as a genre raises important questions. How ‘historical’ is it? How does the fiction…



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