EightSquared is the 2013 UK National Science Fiction Convention in Bradford - 29th March to 1st April.
Readers of fantasy are familiar with the typical barbarian: muscled, semi-naked, well-equipped in terms of weapons but a bit short of the grey matter. Where do our stereotypes come from? What were the original barbarians who invaded and settled much of Europe in the first millennium AD really like? Professor James's last single-authored book was "Europe's Barbarians" (Longman, 2009).