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As a descendant of Swedish-Finns, I found Dr. Ruiz's presentation to be fascinating on many levels. He highlighted the importance of medieval Scandinavia in expanding trade and settlement throughout a large part of the western world - not just as marauders. Also investigated was the importance and strength of the Lutheran movement in the Scandinavian lands.
Teo thorough and thoughtful research was presented cohesively and in context. Very enjoyable expose. Particularly helpful were the visual aids of the flow maps
Dr. Ruiz is very thorough and very knowledgeable. He had good slides and made the information very interesting. I would listen to another of his talks.
Informative introduction to Medieval Scandinavia.
I so enjoyed the session with Dr. Ruiz on the rise of Medieval Cities of Scandinavia. Dr. Ruiz embodies what a professor of mine referred to as "a person who knows everything." He was able to walk us through a swath of European history that took the region from the time of Vikings through to the formation of what we now think of as Scandinavia. He packed in a lot of information and made it understandable without making it feel rushed. He answered a variety of questions that ranged in topic from architecture to religion to cuisine to commerce. I thoroughly enjoyed the talk and hope to sign up for another with Dr. Ruiz in the near future!