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Vikings in England!
"Did you know that England was conquered by foreigners twice in a span of 53 years? Yes, just a few decades before the Norman Conquest, England fell into the hands of the Vikings."
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King Aethelred of England committed a heinous crime on St. Brice's Day in 1002 A.D. Many historians think that this act ultimately led to the Viking (Danish) conquest of England eleven years later. What was Aethelred's offense?
He ordered the rape of dozens of high-ranking Danish wives
He commanded the death of all Danish men living in England
He killed Sweyn Forkbeard's oldest son
He kidnapped and impregnated a Danish nun
Thorkell the Tall, one of King Sweyn Forkbeard's chief commanders, defected to the English side in 1012 A.D. Which incident (most likely) led to his abandonment of the Danish cause?
Sweyn Forkbeard refused to give Thorkell more treasure
He fell in love with a Saxon noblewoman
He began to feel that the Danes had no right to invade England
His warriors brutally killed an English archbishop
The Danish king Sweyn Forkbeard and his Viking warriors defeated the English in 1013 A.D. Where did Aethelred flee?
A major event in 1014 A.D. allowed Aethelred to return to England to reclaim his kingdom. The Danish Conquest was incomplete. What had happened?
The Normans offered troops to help Aethelred regain his kingdom
Sweyn Forkbeard faced a substantial Danish rebellion
Sweyn Forkbeard faced a substantial English rebellion
Sweyn Forkbeard died unexpectedly
What did Canute do to the English hostages in his power, when their representatives decided to support Aethelred again?
He killed half and let the other half live
He mutilated them
He respectfully released them
He paraded them naked through Sandwich
Thorkell the Tall decided to abandon Aethelred in 1014 A.D. He brought nine ships and crews and offered his service to Canute. What do the Scandinavian sagas give as the reason for his return to the Danes?
He had no respect for Aethelred
Canute had more money to offer him
He was Canute's foster-father and could not fight against him
Aethelred killed his brother Hemming
Aethelred died soon after Canute reappeared in England in 1015 A.D. The English chose Aethelred's rebellious son, Edmund Ironside, as their new leader. How had Edmund flouted his father's will shortly before the latter's death?
He declined to fight any more battles
He changed battle plans without informing Aethelred
He refused to bend his knee to his father
He married the widow of Aethelred's enemy
Who won the all-important Battle of Ashingdon?
No one--both sides had to turn tail and run
Both sides claimed victory
When Canute and Edmund Ironside met at Severn, what terms did they agree to?
To fight a one-on-one battle to the death
Edmund would pay Canute to return to Denmark
They would exchange sisters in marriage to one another
To divide the country between the two of them
The Danish conquest was finally, and totally, complete by 1016 A.D. What event guaranteed the Vikings full control of England?
Edmund Ironside abdicated in favor of Canute
Edmund Ironside died inexplicably
Edmund Ironside was murdered by his wife
None of these
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