Background and activities

Academic expertise and fields of interest

My field of expertise is Norwegian and (west) Nordic medieval history and my research mainly covers two fields: I’m currently finalising a study of noblewomen and power in late medieval Norway, where my main object of study is Lady Ingerd to Austrått (immortalised in a play by Henrik Ibsen bearing her name). In addition, the relationship between Norway and the rest of the Norse world, which was the subject of my doctoral dissertation, continues to be one of my chief academic interests. Although my interest is predominantly political history, there is also a strong element of social history, for instance the importance of personal relations and family within political life and the connection between gender and social standing.


Teaching (2016-17)

  • HIST 1110 Antikkens og middelalderens historie til ca. 1550 (BA-level, 15 ECTS, co-taught)
  • HIST2165 Kongemakt og stat i den norrøne verden (BA-level, 7,5 ECTS)
  • HIST2135 Krig, stat og ideologi (BA-level, 7,5 ECTS, co-taught)
  • HIST3105 Innføring i historisk forskning (MA-level, 7,5 ECTS, co-taught)
  • HIST 2000  Bacheloroppgave i historie (BA-level, 7,5 ECTS, supervisor)


Supervising responsibilities, MA and PhD level (2016)

  • MA Teaching education in history
  • MA History
  • PhD, Susann Anett Pedersen, project titled: Women and property in Norway in the Late Middle Ages


Research projects (2016-)

  • Transitions and Traditions. Ecclesia Nidrosiensis and the Northern World.


Other assignments (2016)

  • National representative, The Viking Congress (2014-)

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol. (2011) The Incorporation and Integration of the King's Tributary Lands into the Norwegian Realm c. 1195-1397. Brill Academic Publishers. 2011. ISBN 978-90-04-206137. The Northern World (53).
  • Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol; Engvig, Jan Petter; Nilsen, Haavard Simon. (2005) Vandring i åpent landskap. Pilegrimsveien til Santiago de Compostela. 2005. ISBN 82-92496-254.

Part of book/report

  • Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol. (2018) A Well-adjusted Immigrant: Isabella Bruce, Queen Dowager of Norway, 1299-1358. Gender and Mobility in Scotland and Abroad.
  • Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol. (2017) Gautr Jónsson of Mel: Craftsman of Battle and Chief Oral Source of Hákonar saga. Sturla Þórðarson: Skald, Chieftain and Lawman.
  • Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol. (2017) The opportunity to profit from favourable circumstances: a widow's benefits of holding crown fiefs in Norway in the 1520s. Gender and Political Culture in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1800.
  • Opsahl, Erik; Njåstad, Magne; Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol. (2014) En engasjert historiker og kollega. Region - provins - rike: utvalgte artikler om samvirke og konflikt.
  • Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol. (2014) The Icelandic elite's troublesome way through the labyrinth of power. Rex Insularum. The King of Norway and his "skattlands" as a political system c.1260-c.1450.
  • Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol. (2013) Friends or patrons? Powerful go-betweens in the Norwegian realm in the High Middle Ages. Friendship and social networks in Scandinavia, c. 1000-1800.
  • Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol. (2012) Dronning Isabella Bruce. Eufemia - Oslos middelalderdronning.
  • Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol. (2010) The Norwegian Realm and the Norse World: a historiographic approach. The Norwegian Domination and the Norse World c.1100-c.1400.
  • Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol. (2007) For å oppnå kongens gunst. Vänner, patroner och klienter i Norden 900-1800.
  • Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol. (2004) Snorre Sturlason. Norsk biografisk leksikon.
  • Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol. (2002) Isabella Bruce. Norsk biografisk leksikon.
  • Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol. (2001) Gissur Torvaldsson. Norsk biografisk leksikon.
  • Wærdahl, Randi Bjørshol. (1999) Arne Aslaksson. Norsk biografisk leksikon.